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    (April 4, 1975- )
    Founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Bill Gates and Paul Allen
    World's largest software company
    Employs over 50,000 people
    Products include Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Xbox, Microsoft Office and Windows Mobile
    Revenue is $36.8 billion (2004)
    CEO is Steve Ballmer (2000- )
    It's name is short for the dated term 'microcomputer software.'
    It changed its spelling from 'Micro-soft' to 'Microsoft' without the hyphen.
    When they were first approached by IBM for a new operating system, they suggested a different company help them out.
    They bought the rights to an existing operating system (which became MS-DOS) for $50,000.
    They marketed MS-DOS to IBM clones and made a fortune.
    They relocated to Redmond, Washington (1986).
    Their collaboration to develop an operating system with IBM (the OS/2) fell through.
    They expand into different software but Windows will always be their cash cow.
    They made Bill Gates the richest man in the world.
    They destroyed WordPerfect, Netscape, Lotus and countless other software companies.
    They entered the gaming console world with their huge Xbox (2001).
    They are defending numerous antitrust cases around the world, including the United States v. Microsoft (1998).
    They tried to kill TiVo with their UltimateTV, but the project was shelved.
    They created Microsoft Bob.
    They 'eat their own dog food' (a term they use to describe their policy of using Microsoft products inside the company).
    They were named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers (2004).
    They are one of the most influential companies in the world.
    They have a 'partnership' (some would call this a trust) with Intel and IBM.
    They survived being split into two different companies by the government.
    Chances are, you are using a Microsoft product.

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