Microsoft is a devices and services company based in Redmond, Washington – a city about 16 miles east of Seattle. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Traditionally a software company at heart, Microsoft dabbled in hardware with computing peripherals like mice and keyboards before going all in with the Surface line of tablets. The pending acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit will further add to Microsoft’s future plan to be a devices and services company.
Microsoft has many products in both the consumer and enterprise space. Most consumers are familiar with Microsoft through their operating system Windows, their office software suite Microsoft Office, their home entertainment consoles Xbox, and their mobile operating system Windows Phone.
Microsoft rose to power in the 90’s thanks to its operating system Windows and its office software suite called Microsoft Office. In the early 00’s Microsoft cracked the living room by launching the original Xbox. The Xbox has now seen three generational entries, with the Xbox One being Microsoft’s answer to the eight generation of gaming consoles.
Windows and Office continue to be a large part of revenue for Microsoft, but their future plans have shifted from a “computer on every desk” to “mobile first, cloud first”. Microsoft is investing heavily in their Azure, their cloud computing platform that will be the backbone of what they do for the next generation of computing.
Windows, Windows Phone, Office, Azure, Azure, Surface, and Cortana are all at the heart of what Microsoft’s future will focus on.
Gaming Microsoft's planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard has cleared another step, being approved in Brazil.
Xbox Microsoft has dedicated a section of its website to informing and explaining its upcoming Activision Blizzard acquisition as it comes under review.
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Gaming Microsoft's deal to acquire Activision Blizzard has been filed with the European Commission, who now have until early November to make a decision.
Deal Microsoft's original Surface Duo is down to just $329 on Amazon right now. That's one of the best prices we've ever seen for the foldable.
News Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made some comments about the debate over home working culture popularized by the pandemic.
Microsoft Cloud-Computing executive Charlie Bell spoke in an interview about how the company uses AI to combat cybersecurity threats.
Microsoft Vice President Jared Spataro recently discussed employers tracking employees to measure productivity. He called the practice "wrong" and warned that it may also be ineffective.
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