History of the Microsoft Corporation
The Microsoft Corporation American is a multinational corporation that is based in Redmond, Washington, that specializes in developing, manufacturing, licensing, supporting and selling software for computers. It is probably best known for producing software such as the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems and it web browser Internet Explorer. Its leading hardware products include the line of Xbox gaming consoles. Microsoft is currently the largest software maker in the world in terms of revenue and for this reason it is also one of the most valuable companies in the world.
The company was created by childhood friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen on ...view middle of the document...
They have also come into the PC production market for the first time, with the introduction of a line of tablet computers called Microsoft Surface.
Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates
Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates are two very important people in the Microsoft Corporation. Ballmer is the current CEO, while Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is the current chairman. Steve Ballmer hails from Detroit, Michigan where he took part in engineering classes at Lawrence Technological University while still in high school and also scored a perfect score on the math part of the SAT. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in applied mathematics and economics, where he met Bill Gates. Afterward he went onto to work for Procter & Gamble and attended graduate school at Stanford before teaming up with Bill Gates at Microsoft as a business manager in 1980. (Microsoft News Center)
While at Microsoft, Ballmer led numerous Microsoft divisions, overseeing the operations team, the operating systems development division, and sales and support. From 1992 and onwards he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Support. Ballmer ran Microsoft's development of the .NET Framework before being named as the President of Microsoft in 1998. In 2000 he was made CEO where he was in charge company finances and daily operations while Gates remained chairman and chief software architect still had total control of Microsoft’s vision for the future. Gates gave up his day-to-day activities when he stepped down as chief software architect in 2006, but stayed on as chairman. This allowed Ballmer to make major personnel changes in the Microsoft division he thought needed revamped. Since taking over as CEO, Ballmer has played a large part in the increase of Microsoft’s annual revenue going from $25 billion to $70 billion. He also shifted up the focus from a PC first mentality to focus on other products like the Xbox and Skype. Ballmer has announced he will step down from his position as CEO in 2014 and a board of directors including Bill...