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Microsoft

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INTRODUCTION:
 
Microsoft Corporation
is a multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide rangeof software products for computing devices. Headquartered in
Redmond, Washington, USA,
its most profitable products are the
MicrosoftWindows operating system
and the
Microsoft Office suite
of productivity software.The company was founded to develop and sell
BASIC interpreters
for the
Altair 8800.
Microsoft rose to dominate the
home computer
operating system market with
MS-DOS
in the
mid-1980s
, followed by the
Windows
line of operating systems. One commentator notes thatMicrosoft's original mission was
"A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software."
The company also markets both
computer hardware
products such as the
Microsoft mouse
as well as
home entertainment
 products. Thecompany's
initial public stock offering (IPO)
was in 1986; the ensuing rise of the company's stock price has made four billionaires and anestimated 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees.Throughout its history the company has been the
target of criticism
, including
monopolistic
business practices and anti-competitivestrategies. The
U.S. Justice Department
and the
European Commission
, among others, have ruled against Microsoft for various antitrustviolations.
 
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H
ISTORY:
Microsoft was formed by a
H
arvard College Dropout
called
Bill Gates
. BillGates was born
William
H
enry Gates III on October 28, 1955.
He was bornto a family that was successful in business, living a comfortable upper middleclass life in
Seattle, Washington.
 Early in his elementary school days, Bill Gates quickly shot to the head of theclass, consistently outscoring his peers in most subjects, but especially mathand science. His parents soon enrolled him in
Lakeside Prep School
, wherethe atmosphere was intellectual enough to stimulate the young Gates. Thismove to Lakeside would prove historic, for it was here, in the spring of 
1968
,that he was introduced to computers.At that time, computers were still too large and expensive for the school to purchase one of its own. Over the next ten months or so, theschool struck agreements with various corporations who allowed the students to use their computers. Bill Gates, his buddy
Paul Allen
and ahandful of others quickly took to computing. In fact, they began to skip classes, opting instead to stay in the computer room and write programs, read computer books and find out exactly how these machines worked. They soon learned to hack the system, and altered andcrashed valuable files until they were banned from the computer. Soon, however, Bill and his friends were actually hired by the computer company to find bugs and explore weaknesses in the system, which kept causing the computers to crash. Instead of paying the boys for their time, they were granted something even better--unlimited computer time.

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