Facts About Microsoft!!

The US-based company Microsoft has become one of the world’s top companies and the uncontested global leader in software due to its two star products: the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office.

Microsoft has long been considered a champion of innovation since it was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates, who left the company this year in June.

The software major currently faces steep competition from Internet giant Google which has mounted a massive challenge to Microsoft’s dominance by launching a series of free Internet software products last year.Microsoft was created on April 4, 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Its headquarters are located in Redmond, Washington in the northwestern United States. The company has locations in 104 countries and employs 80,000 people, 60 percent of whom work in the United States.Microsoft’s Windows runs on more than 90 per cent of the world’s personal computers, which means it is used on nearly a billion machines worldwide. Microsoft Office, which includes applications such as Word and Excel, also has captured around 90 per cent of the office software market.
Microsoft has regularly faced antitrust accusations, and was forced to pay a record fine of 497 million euros by the European Commission, which imposed the fine in March 2004 and saw it upheld in September 2007.

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