Microsoft Corporation is a software based company that is based out of Redmond, Washington. Microsoft is a leader in developing personal computer systems, software, applications, gaming systems, books, and portable media players. Microsoft's mission has always been to provide products that empower and enrich people at their home, school, and workplace. Microsoft strives to create and produce products that are constantly evolving to the changing needs of the world.
In 1975 Bill Gates and Paul G. Allen, two boyhood friends from Seattle, converted BASIC, a popular mainframe computer programming language, for use on an early personal computer (PC), the Altair (Zachary, 2013). The name Microsoft derived from the words microcomputer and software. In the early1980's, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) asked Microsoft Corporation to produce the operating system and essential business software for their first personal computer, the IBM PC. Microsoft purchased the operating system from another county and adjusted it to what they wanted and named it Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS). In 1981, MS-DOS was introduced with the IBM PC.
By 1990, Microsoft had sold more than 100 million copies of MS-DOS. Microsoft also created Windows operating system, which by 1990 had released their third version. By 1993, Windows 3.0 and its subsequent versions were selling at a rate of one million copies per month, and nearly 90 percent of the world’s PCs ran on a Microsoft operating system (Microsoft Corporation, 2013). In 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95, which became the leader in spreadsheet and word-processing programs.
Products and Services Offered
There are many products and services offered by Microsoft. Microsoft offers operating systems, personal software, tax software, business software, and many more. Microsoft also offers many free programs and services to those that have purchased their products. They offer customer service either online or on the telephone to anyone that is experiencing problems with their products. The software and programs that Microsoft...