This company is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions. Established in April 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800, it rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems.The company runs its business in much the same way, and believes its five business divisions offer the greatest potential to serve its customers. They are: Windows & Windows Live Division: includes the Windows product family and is responsible for its relationships with personal computer manufacturers as well as online software and services through Windows Live; server and tools: software server products, services and solutions, including Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Windows Intune, the Windows Server operating system, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio, Silverlight, System Center products, Forefront security products, Biz Talk Server, and Microsoft Consulting Services; online services division: consists of an online advertising platform with offerings for publishers and advertisers, and online information offerings such as Bing and the MSN portals and channels; Microsoft Business Division: includes the Microsoft Office and Office 365 suites, desktop programs, servers, and services and solutions; Microsoft Dynamics; and Unified Communications business solutions; and Entertainment and Devices Division: Consists of the Xbox video game system, including consoles and accessories, Xbox Live operations, Zune digital music; Mediaroom, mobile and embedded device platforms, Surface computing platform, and Windows Automotive.The company's mission is to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. This drives its business and guides its corporate citizenship work.The company is active in Asia; Europe; Middle East and Africa; North & Central America; South America; and South Pacific.
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