Microsoft - Statistics & Facts

Microsoft - Statistics & Facts

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 over 90 billion in 2015. 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.

Microsoft generates the majority of its revenue from its commercial licensing business segment. 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 also sells the Xbox gaming console, which sold around 2.66 million units in 2015.

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.

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