Microsoft was originally founded April 4th 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in order to develop and sell interpreters for Altair 8800. In the mid 1980s, Microsoft  began to take over the computer market with MS-DOS followed by Microsoft Windows. Microsoft has grown by acquiring companies such as  Skype Technologies in May 2011 for $8.5 billion in its largest acquisition to date. Microsoft continues to have the computer market in PC-compatible operating system and office software suite markets. 

Microsoft has started to become more active in the video game industry with the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, the digital services market (through MSN), and mobile phones (via the Windows Phone OS). They have also acquired Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, in order to increase their impact on the gaming market.  Microsoft has also made a big move to enter the mobile personal computer production market with the launch of the Microsoft Surface Tablet.

Happy Birthday Microsoft!

 


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