Microsoft facts for kids
|When it was created||Albuquerque, New Mexico (April 4, 1975 )|
|People who started it||Bill Gates, Paul Allen|
|Headquarters||Microsoft Redmond Campus, Redmond, Washington, United States|
|Things made||See listing|
|Money earned||US$ 73.72 billion (2012)|
|Operating income||US$ 21.76 billion (2012)|
|Net income||US$ 16.97 billion (2012)|
|Total assets||US$ 121.2 billion (2012)|
|Total equity||US$ 66.36 billion (2012)|
Microsoft Corporation is a company that makes computer software and video games for users around the world. Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the company in 1975. Microsoft makes Windows, Microsoft Office (including Microsoft Word), Edge, MSN and the Xbox One, among others. Most Microsoft programs cannot be downloaded for free - people have to buy them in a shop or online. Some products (like the Windows operating system) are often already installed when people buy a new computer.
Microsoft Windows is an operating system, which means that it is the basic software that makes people's computers work and lets other programs work. The majority of desktop and laptop computers run Windows, and so do some tablet computers and a few smartphones. The latest version of Windows is Windows 10.
Microsoft Office is an office suite. It lets people write documents on their computer with Microsoft Word, make charts and graphs with Microsoft Excel and make presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Microsoft also makes other programs for the Internet. Many of them are called Windows Live services, with the name Windows Live put in front of the old name of the service, like Windows Live Hotmail, which is an email service. However, the Windows Live name is not being used much anymore. Microsoft runs a service called Bing on the internet which lets people search for things like photos or information online.
MS-DOS is the first existing operating system developed by Microsoft, used for primitive computers and terminals.
Microsoft Sharepoint is a server tool included in Microsoft Office (2007, 2013). Microsoft Expression series is a web development tool which is now discontinued. Minecraft and many other programs have been bought by Microsoft and developed further.
Services and hardware
Skype is also a service by Microsoft. It was not started by Microsoft, but was later purchased by Microsoft. Skype is a free program that lets people call other people, either through the telephone, or through Skype on the other person's computer.
The Xbox, the Xbox 360 and the new Xbox One are video game consoles, which means they let people play video games when connected to their televisions. Microsoft is one of the three big companies that make video game consoles. The other two are Nintendo and Sony. Xbox Live is a service that lets people play online against other people anywhere in the world. Microsoft also makes many PC games.
Microsoft also has many other small products such as tablet computers and computer peripherals including mice and keyboards that are used with computers. The Microsoft Surface is an example, which is a laptop/tablet convertible.
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Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985 as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line.
CEO Steve Ballmer at the MIX event in 2008. In an interview about his management style in 2005, he mentioned that his first priority was to get the people he delegates to in order. Ballmer also emphasized the need to continue pursuing new technologies even if initial attempts fail, citing the original attempts with Windows as an example.
Start screen on Windows 8.1
A depiction of a Microsoft HoloLens user navigating the shell, with an application window on the left, and the Start menu on the right
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