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Microsoft is a liberal [1][2] American corporation founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975 and headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA. Its current CEO is Steve Ballmer. Microsoft focuses on developing and manufacturing software, hardware and other technology oriented products and services.

Microsoft was investigated for antitrust violations by the Department of Justice, and in 2001 the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the finding of the trial court that monopolization by Microsoft had violated the Sherman Act.[3] The appellate court, however, overturned the lower court ruling to break Microsoft up and instead remanded the case to a new trial judge with instructions suggesting a less drastic remedy. By then, President George W. Bush had replaced Bill Clinton and the Bush Administration dropped the demand of the Clinton Administration for a break-up of Microsoft.

Software Products

Windows (operating system), including Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and older versions of the desktop OS, versions for servers, versions for media centers, teacher edition, and versions for mobile devices
MS DOS Microsoft's first operating system
SQL Server
Microsoft Office word processor, spreadsheet editor, slide-show creator, etc.
Expression vector graphics editor
Virtual PC PC emulator
Windows Defender anti-virus and anti-spyware software
Windows Live Writer blog publishing software
XNA game development tool
Visual Studio integrated development environment for C++, Visual Basic, C#, etc.

and hundreds more


Microsoft Press releasing books dealing with various computer technologies.


MSN Internet service provider
Bing search engine
Encarta encyclopedia
Hotmail free internet e-mail service
Windows Live web portal
XBOX Live Xbox online multiplayer service
MSNBC news service
Windows Marketplace online shopping service
Windows Live Spaces social-networking service
Windows Live ID online ID and password storage service
LIVE Anywhere cross-platform multiplayer gaming service
Microsoft Ignition online digital music service

Hardware Products

Xbox gaming console
Xbox 360 gaming console
Surface touch-interface computer
Natural keyboard
LifeCam webcam
SideWinder game-pad and joystick
Ultra-Mobile PC tablet computer
Fingerprint Reader reads fingerprint as password
IntelliPoint Mouse optical mouse
MSN TV TV that allows web browsing

Corporate Slogan

Your potential. Our passion.

See Also

Previous News
Microsoft official site


  3. United States v. Microsoft Corp., 346 U.S. App. D.C. 330 (D.C. Cir. 2001).