•Microsoft Corporation is an
American multinational software corporation
headquartered in Redmond, Washington that
develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a
wide range of products and services related
•History began on April 4, 1975.
•It was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in
•Its current best selling products are the
Microsoft Windows Operating system and the
•Microsoft is the world's largest software maker
measured by revenues. It is also one of
the world's most valuable companies.
•The company's 1986 initial public offering, and
subsequent rise in its share price, created an
estimated three billionaires and 12,000
millionaires from Microsoft employees
•Microsoft was established to develop and
sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose
to dominate the personal computer operating
system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s,
followed by the Microsoft Windows line of
•As of 2013, Microsoft is market dominant in both
the PC operating system and office suite markets
(the latter with Microsoft Office).
1980: The dawn of MS-DOS
In 1980 Gates, Allen and Ballmer made a
new OS that serves to bridge the gap
between the computer hardware and
programs such as a word processor &
they name their new OS “MS-DOS”
Microsoft works on the first version of a
Interface-Manager is the code name.
1987-1992: Windows 2.0-2.1
“ More windows more speed”
Inclusion of desktop icons, expanded
memory, improve graphics support and
“Control Panel "makes its first appearance
in Windows 2.0
1990-1994: Windows 3.0-
“Getting the graphics”
On May 22, 1990 Microsoft announces,
• By now we see better performances,
advanced graphics with 16 colours and
1995-2001: Windows 95
That was an era of
new online world.
Windows 95 has
support, dial up
new plug and play
The 32 bit OS offers
1998-2000: Windows 98,
Windows Me, Windows 2000
Released on June 25, 1998,Windows98 is the
first version of windows designed specifically
It is the last version based on MS-DOS.
Windows Me offered numerous music, video
& home networking enhancements
Windows 2000 Professional was built on the
top of proven Windows NT workstation4.0
code base, it adds major reliability, ease of
use internet compatibility etc.
2001-2005: Windows XP
“Stable, usable and fast”
Windows XP 64-bit Edition (2001) is the
first Microsoft operating system for 64-bit
processors designed for working with large
amounts of memory and projects such as
movie special effects, 3D animations,
engineering, and scientific programs.
Windows XP is compiled from 45 million lines
2006-2008: Windows Vista
“Smart on security”
Released in 2006 with the strongest security
More than 1.5 million are compatible with
Windows Vista at launch.
2009: Windows 7
It was built for the wireless world that
emerged in late 2000‟s.
It also marked the debut of windows
Windows 7 was evaluated by 8 million beta
testers worldwide before its release.
2012: Windows 8
Windows 8 features a Start screen with tiles
that connect to people, files, apps, and
Apps are front and centre, with access to a
new place to get apps the Windows Store
built right in to the Start screen.
Along with Windows 8, Microsoft also
launched Windows RT, which runs on some
tablets and PCs. Windows RT is designed for
sleek devices and long battery life, and
exclusively runs apps from the Windows Store.
It also comes with a built-in version of Office
that's optimized for touch screens.
“Micro-soft’s first ever mention”
•The first ever mention of “Microsoft” was in the
letter from Bill-Gates to co-founder Paul Allen
•The “blibbet” logo shown below refers to
stylized “o” and was apparently once was the
name of burger served in the Microsoft company
“The Microsoft Sound”
•Pioneering musician Brian Eno was the musical
brains behind windows 95’s start tune dubbed
“The Microsoft sound” .
•The making of such short piece of music was
“funny” and “amazing”.
•Eno likened the process to “making a tiny little”
The stock has split „nine times‟
•Microsoft has spilt its stock nine times since it
went public back in 1986 and the company will
generally split its stock when its share prize
goes too high.
„A grand art collection‟
•Microsoft is one of the largest corporate
collectors of artworks over 5,000 contemporary
pieces including paintings, sculpture, works on
paper, photographs, ceramics, studio glass and