Microsoft - Statistics & Facts

Microsoft - Statistics & Facts

Microsoft: statistics and facts

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company, which creates and sells a wide range of consumer and enterprise software, hardware, electronics, and services. Founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1975, the company is currently based in Redmond, Washington.

Long seen as one of the world's largest and most successful IT companies, Microsoft's global revenue has increased relatively consistently since its formation, with the figure climbing over 90 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. The company’s net income topped 10 billion U.S. dollars in 2005 and has not dropped below that point since. The company's success has also translated into personal wealth for those closely involved in its formation. Predictably, both Bill Gates and Paul Allen have amassed large fortunes on the strength of Microsoft's growth, where they are joined by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's 30th employee and eventual CEO, among the richest men in the United States (and the world), with multibillion dollar fortunes to their names.

Historically, Microsoft has generated the majority of its revenue from its commercial licensing business segment. This is perhaps unsurprising, considering that the segment traditionally included licensing for Microsoft Office, the most commonly-used suite of office/productivity software, as well as Microsoft's enterprise server operating systems. Microsoft's Windows operating system has also dominated 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 marked Microsoft’s biggest acquisition to date and broke with Microsoft’s practice of predominantly acquiring small companies. In 2014, Microsoft acquired gaming-software company, Mojang, for 2.5 billion U.S. dollars. Mojang's flagship game, Minecraft, has been one of the top-selling games on iOS, and brings in significant revenue from sales, merchandising, and licensing.

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