An American multinational technology company, Microsoft Corporation is a leader in manufacturing computers, software, and electronics. The renowned brand was founded in 1975 by Paul Allen and Bill Gates after refining and developing programming languages. In 1980, the company created its personal computer operating system alongside IBM.

The company went on to create the Windows system, followed by the Microsoft Office kit which featured programs for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations in one package. Today, the company’s leading products include:

  • Windows
  • Office
  • Internet Explorer
  • SharePoint
  • Exchange
  • Skype for Business

In 1986, Microsoft officially went public. Its Initial Public Offering offered 2.5 million shares and it ended up raising a whopping $61 million. Bill Gates was recognized as one of the richest people in the world when Microsoft’s stock rose from just $25, all the way to $85.

Today, Microsoft is a front-runner in manufacturing hardware and producing business solutions such as:

  • Cross-device productivity applications
  • Server applications
  • Operating systems
  • Desktop and server management tools
  • Personal computers
  • Gaming consoles
  • Mobile phones
  • Cloud-based accessories


Other than these solutions, Microsoft also offers a training program for integrators and developers who wish to gain certifications.

Microsoft competes with other technology giants in the industry including:

  • Apple
  • Cisco Systems
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Oracle
  • SAP
  • Infor
  • Salesforce

Trading Microsoft

  • Did you know that Microsoft Office has more than 1 billion users around the world?
  • It has more than 125,000 staff members in over 120 countries
  • Microsoft itself has an approximate annual revenue of $90 billion.
  • Its ticker symbol is MSFT

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