It started with $16.. The story of the rise of Microsoft


Microsoft is an American multinational computer technology company launched on April 4, 1975 by Bill Gates and his childhood friend Paul Allen.

Years later it became the largest software company, and it is also one of the most valuable companies in the world.

Timeline of the rise of Microsoft

The Altair deal, which sparked the computer world, inspired Bill Gates and Paul Allen to start Microsoft. That year, it grossed just $16 in revenue.

In 1980, Microsoft entered into a partnership with IBM, resulting in the DOS system, and with it, Microsoft’s rise in the world of technology began.

By the beginning of the 1990s, Microsoft, thanks to its partnership with IBM, was the number one source for providing hardware and software to millions around the world, thus increasing Microsoft’s profits.

As for the year 1990, Microsoft’s big breakthrough was when Windows 3.0 was produced, and as a result, 60 million copies of Windows were sold around the world.

In 2000 Steve Ballmer was appointed as the new CEO of Microsoft. It captures a market share of about 90% of all PC sales.

In 2001, the company replaced several previous operating systems to start various partnerships with a number of technology companies.

After that, the Vista operating system was released to the public in 2007, after which the versions that took the throne of software.

Hence Windows 7 was released in 2009 to replace Vista, followed by Windows 8 in October 2012.

Entering different markets

Microsoft did not miss the opportunity to enter the gaming and mobile market and succeeded in capturing a large share of the market.

In 2001 Microsoft released Xbox, followed by Xbox Live in 2002. Both releases were so successful that Microsoft came in second place in the video game market.

Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion, in order to compete with Apple’s FaceTime and Google Voice.

Meanwhile, Microsoft moved to cloud storage with Windows Azure announced in 2008.

In 2011, Office 365 was released. It is a cloud version of Office Business that includes applications such as Word and Excel.

Successive successes achieved by Microsoft in the field of technology. To sit on the throne of the software world, where the market value of the company reached about 2 trillion dollars.

Source: The Arab Gateway for Technical News


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