Microsoft: Statistics and Facts
Founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1975, Microsoft is one of the largest providers of computer software and related services around the world. The company has consistently increased global revenue takings
over the past 10 years with amounts climbing well over 60 billion in the past few years. The company’s net income
has also consistently been in the multi-billion dollar category for some years now. Microsoft’s infamous co-founder and former CEO, Bill Gates, is also among the richest men in the United States
with a multi-billion dollar fortune to his name.
For Microsoft the segment of the business that generates the largest proportion of their revenue
is the Business Division (this includes Microsoft Office, Exchange and other business solutions). This is perhaps not surprising considering that Microsoft Office is the most commonly-used suite of office/productivity software worldwide. The Windows' operating systems have also been dominating the home computer operating system market
for more than two decades. Microsoft has also had steady sales with its gaming console the Xbox
, which sold upwards of 11 million units in 2012.
In May 2011, Microsoft announced the acquisition
of Skype for 8.5 billion U.S. dollars. The deal marks Microsoft’s biggest acquisition to date and breaks with Microsoft’s practice of predominantly acquiring small companies.