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Microsoft is an American corporation funded 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 softwares, hardwares 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.[1] 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 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 Vista operating system
Windows XP operating system
DOS Microsoft's first operating system
Windows 2000 operating system
SQL Server
Windows Server 2003
Windows CE
Internet Explorer HTML viewer
Office word processor, spreadsheet editor, slide-show creator, ect.
Expression vector graphics editor
Windows Media Player
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#, ect.
Windows Live Messenger instant messenger
DirectX multimedia API
Money personal finance software


Microsoft Press releasing books dealing with various computer technologies.

Video Games

The Halo series
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Golf
Microsoft Baseball
Age of Empires
Age of Mythology
Halo Wars real-time strategy game in the Halo universe
Fable and Fable 2
Perfect Dark Zero
Kameo: Elements of Power
Perfect Dark: Initial Vector
Crimson Skies
Combat Flight Simulator
Microsoft Train Simulator
Banjo-Kazooie 3
Black & White
The Movies


MSN internet service provider
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
Zune portable media player
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

Microsoft official site


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