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.
Microsoft supports Ukraine in a variety of ways during the ongoing war with Russia. Ukraine awarded those efforts with a Peace Prize presented to Microsoft.
Microsoft recently launched its Family Insider program. These Insiders can help shape the future of Windows and other products in relation to families.
Roe v. Wade has been overturned, and the video game industry is reacting with varying statements and pledges of support to U.S. workers.
In a rare celebration, Microsoft launched Surface RT to a massive crowd in New York City on October 26, 2012. Here are some photos from that night we took when we lined up to get one.
This week we covered the Xbox Games Showcase, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Surface, and reviewed the latest games and gadgets. Here's a recap of the biggest stories from the last seven days.
Microsoft announced plans to purchase cyber threat analysis and research company Miburo this week. Miburo specializes in detecting and responding to foreign information operations.
On Saturday, June 18, Surface will be 10 years old. We're celebrating all week long by looking back on the last decade and forward to the next.
Microsoft is agreeing to allow Activision Blizzard workers to discuss and engage in unionization, per a new deal reached with the Communication Workers of America.
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