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Microsoft

American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions add

Category: Business (10)

Founded in 1975.

Countries: (47%), United States (35%), United Kingdom (3%)

Main connections: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Linked to: Apple Inc., Google, Yahoo!, Gannett Company

 

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1975

The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975 add something

 

They officially established Microsoft on April 4, 1975, with Gates as the CEO add something


1976

Bill Gates - Microsoft became independent of MITS in late 1976, and it continued to develop programming language software for various systems

 

Bill Gates - Within a year, the hyphen was dropped, and on November 26, 1976, the trade name "Microsoft" was registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico


1977

In August 1977 the company formed an agreement with ASCII Magazine in Japan, resulting in its first international office, "ASCII Microsoft" add something


1979

The company moved to a new home in Bellevue, Washington in January 1979 add something


1980

Microsoft entered the OS business in 1980 with its own version of Unix, called Xenix add something

 

Alan M. Boyd - After a spell working as a professional audio engineer he befriended Bill Gates and Paul Allen and moved to Seattle to become Manager of Product Development at Microsoft in 1980

 

Butler Lampson - By the early 1980s, Lampson left Xerox PARC for &Digital_Equipment_Corporation; he now works for Microsoft Research

 

Bill Gates - IBM approached Microsoft in July 1980 regarding its upcoming personal computer, the IBM PC


1981

Alan M. Boyd - When Microsoft incorporated in 1981, Boyd was one of a small number of people who received "founders shares"

 

Bill Gates - He oversaw Microsoft's company restructuring on June 25, 1981, which re-incorporated the company in Washington state and made Gates President of Microsoft and the

 

Following the release of the IBM PC in August 1981, Microsoft retained ownership of MS-DOS. Since IBM copyrighted the IBM PC BIOS, other companies had to reverse engineer it in order for non-IBM hardware to run as IBM PC compatibles, but no such restriction applied to the operating systems add something


1982

Philippe Kahn - Kahn was Co-founder and CEO of Borland from 1982 to 1994, when Borland was a competitor of Microsoft


1983

The company expanded into new markets with the release of the "Microsoft Mouse" in 1983, as well as a publishing division named Microsoft Press add something


1985

Virginia Howlett - With an MFA in Painting from The Art Institute of Chicago, Howlett was one of the first designers hired into Microsoft in 1985


1986

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 add something

 

Alan M. Boyd - Boyd suggested as early as 1986 that Microsoft should incorporate a hypertext browser as its user interface instead of a 'desktop' but was rebuffed by Gates

 

Paul Maritz - From 1986 to 2000 he worked at Microsoft, leaving as executive vice president of the Platforms Strategy and Developer Group and part of the 5-person executive management team

 

Paul Maritz - He worked for Intel for five years, including developing early tools to help developers write software for the then-new x86 platform, before joining Microsoft in 1986


1987

Microsoft adopted the so-called "Pac-Man" Logo", designed by Scott Baker, in 1987 add something


1988

Since 1988, Microsoft's use of per processor licenses has increased add something


1989

Robert McHenry - Britannica had, for example, published the first multimedia encyclopedia as early as 1989, but did not launch "Britannica CD" until 1994, one year after Microsoft launched their "Encarta" encyclopedia

 

Naveen Jain - In 1989, Jain joined Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, working in the capacity of Program Manager

 

William Schwarzer - On January 5, 1989, Schwarzer dropped all but 10 of the 189 claims that Apple brought against Microsoft


1990

Due to the partnership with IBM, in 1990 the Federal Trade Commission set its eye on Microsoft for possible collusion; it marked the beginning of over a decade of legal clashes with the U.S. Government add something

 

In 1990, Microsoft introduced its office suite, Microsoft Office add something

 

In the 1990s, critics began to contend that Microsoft used monopolistic business practices and anti-competitive strategies including refusal to deal and tying, put unreasonable restrictions in the use of its software, and used misrepresentative marketing tactics; both the U.S. Department of Justice and European Commission found the company in violation of antitrust laws add something

 

Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions add something

 

Anthony Michael Hall - After a series of minor roles in the 1990s, he starred as Microsoft's Bill Gates in the 1999 television film "Pirates of Silicon Valley"

 

Robert McHenry - Aided by Britannica's failings, Microsoft took a dominant position in the market for CD-ROM encyclopedias in the 1990s

 

Alice Wu - Encouraged by her screenwriting teacher, she left Microsoft in the late 1990s to try to turn the script into a film, giving herself a five-year window

 

George Stone (composer) - It was composed in 1990 for Passport Designs to be used in various MIDI applications, but as Passport Designs neared the end of their operation, they reportedly gave the music to Microsoft in a final effort for free publicity

 

Larry McVoy - While working at Sun in the early 1990s, McVoy and a number of other high-profile Unix community members urged the company to open-source their flagship Unix product, SunOS to compete with Microsoft's new Windows NT operating system


1991

Gordon Bell - Between 1991 and 1995, Bell advised Microsoft in its efforts to start a research group, joined it full time in August 1995, where he still works , studying telepresence and related ideas

 

Alvy Ray Smith - In 1991, Smith left Pixar to found Altamira Software Corporation, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1994


1994

Bill Gates - Gates studied the work of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, and in 1994 sold some of his Microsoft stock to create the William H. Gates Foundation

 

Alvy Ray Smith - He became the first Graphics Fellow at Microsoft in 1994


1995

Michael Kinsley - After leaving "Crossfire" in 1995, Kinsley returned to his editorial roots, relocating to Seattle and taking a position with Microsoft as the founding editor of its online journal "Slate"

 

Jim Gray (computer scientist) - He joined Microsoft in 1995 and was a Technical Fellow for the company when he was lost at sea

 

Jennifer Aniston - In 1995, Aniston and her "Friends" co-star Matthew Perry shot a 60-minute instructional video for the release of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 95

 

Steven McGeady - McGeady testified that Microsoft opposed Intel's 1995 work on a new technology called Native Signal Processing, which would have used instructions from Intel's chips, rather than software code from Microsoft, to run multimedia and communications programs more quickly

 

Following Bill Gates's internal "Internet Tidal Wave memo" on May 26, 1995, Microsoft began to redefine its offerings and expand its product line into computer networking and the World Wide Web add something

 

The company released Windows 95 on August 24, 1995, featuring pre-emptive multitasking, a completely new user interface with a novel start button, and 32-bit compatibility; similar to NT, it provided the Win32 API. Windows 95 came bundled with the online service MSN, and for OEMs Internet Explorer, a web browser add something

 

Bill Gates - "The Road Ahead", written with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold and journalist Peter Rinearson, was published in November 1995, and it summarized the implications of the personal computing revolution and described a future profoundly changed by the arrival of a global information superhighway


1996

Neelie Kroes - As chairperson of Nijenrode University, Kroes awarded an honorary doctorate to Microsoft founder Bill Gates in 1996

 

Mark Russinovich - In 1996, Russinovich discovered that altering two values in the Windows Registry of the Workstation edition of Windows NT 4 would change the installation so it was recognized as a Windows NT Server and allow the installation of Microsoft BackOffice products which were licensed only for the Server edition

 

Robert McHenry - In particular, in an article in 1996 McHenry criticized Microsoft for its policy of having factually different versions of the same article in the various national issues of the encyclopedia

 

Naveen Jain - Jain left Microsoft in 1996 to form InfoSpace

 

Alexey Pajitnov - He began working for Microsoft in October 1996


1997

Roger Needham - Needham set up Microsoft's UK-based Research Laboratory in 1997

 

Heidi Roizen - She served on the board of Great Plains Software from 1997 until its acquisition by Microsoft in 2001

 

In October 1997, the Justice Department filed a motion in the Federal District Court, stating that Microsoft violated an agreement signed in 1994 and asked the court to stop the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows add something


1998

Noel Godin - Godin gained global attention in 1998 when his group ambushed Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in Brussels , pelting the software magnate with crem pies

 

Tang Jun - He received the Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates Award in 1998 and the Microsoft Top Honor Award in 2002 from Microsoft Corporation, and remains the honorary president of Microsoft China Co. Ltd. Prior to joining Microsoft, Tang claimed that he had founded the Intertex Company, a software and entertainment company, in Los Angeles , California in 1993

 

Eric S. Raymond - In 1998 he received and published a Microsoft document expressing worry about the quality of rival open-source software

 

Kai-Fu Lee - In 1998, Lee moved to Microsoft and went to Beijing , China where he played a key role in establishing the Microsoft Research division there


1999

Bill Gates - Gates was prominently featured in "Pirates of Silicon Valley", a 1999 film which chronicles the rise of Apple and Microsoft from the early 1970s to 1997

 

Richard Belluzzo - In August 1999, Belluzzo left SGI to head Microsoft's MSN division

 

Various companies including Microsoft formed the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance in October 1999 to, among other things, increase security and protect intellectual property through identifying changes in hardware and software add something


2000

Jane Krakowski - At the 2000 American Comedy *awards, Krakówski won rave reviews when she performed a sexually-charged musical tribute and love letter to Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates

 

Darcy Burner - Her jobs included working for Lotus Development, Asymetrix, and, starting in 2000, as a lead product manager for Microsoft .NET.

 

Kai-Fu Lee - Lee returned to the United States in 2000 and was vice president of interactive services at Microsoft from 2000 to 2005

 

George Stone (composer) - MID where it was released on Microsoft Windows 3,1 up through and including Windows 2000

 

Andrew Tridgell - One of the features that he added to Samba at this time was support for Microsoft's Active Directory technology, a new authentication system introduced with Microsoft's Windows 2000 Server product range

 

Bill Gates - Since 2000, the nominal value of his Microsoft holdings has declined due to a fall in Microsoft's stock price after the dot-com bubble burst and the multi-billion dollar donations he has made to his charitable foundations

 

Bill Gates - Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000

 

Bill Gates handed over the CEO position on January 13, 2000 to Steve Ballmer, an old college friend of Gates and employee of the company since 1980, creating a new position for himself as Chief Software Architect add something

 

Paul Allen - Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft Board of Directors in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives


2001

Eckhard Pfeiffer - Capellas was able to restore some of the luster lost in the latter part of the Pfeiffer era and he repaired the relationship with Microsoft which had deteriorated under his predecessor's tenure, but the company still struggled against lower-cost competitors such as Dell who took over the top spot of PC manufacturer from Compaq in 2001

 

Steven McGeady - McGeady was called again to testify in the 2001 remedy phase of the Microsoft trial

 

On October 25, 2001 Microsoft released Windows XP, unifying the mainstream and NT lines under the NT codebase add something


2002

In 2002, the company started using the logo in the United States and eventually started a TV campaign with the slogan, changed from the previous tagline of "Where do you want to go today-" add something

 

Ross Dawson - Best known for his 2002 book 'Living Networks' which predicted the social networking revolution, Dawson founded the futures think tank Future Exploration Network and consults on digital futures to various big organisations such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Bank, Microsoft and News Corp

 

Richard Belluzzo - He eventually became President and Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft for fourteen months, but left in Spring 2002, taking the reins at Quantum in September the same year

 

Reuben Singh - He won awards for his business and entrepreneurship, such as the National Business Awards 2002, Microsoft New Business of the Year 2002, The Times 500 "Most Powerful under 30-year old in Britain", Times 500 Most Powerful Individuals as "Most Powerful under 30-year old in Britain"

 

Jim Louderback - Louderback became Editor-In-Chief for Ziff Davis Media's internet properties in 2002, he managed PCMag.com, eWeek and Microsoft Watch

 

Rickard Falkvinge - He stayed there until Microsoft closed that department on 1 July 2002

 

Mark Zuckerberg - Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase Synapse and recruit Zuckerberg, but he chose instead to enroll at Harvard in September 2002


2003

A number of other products were added later with the release of Office 2003 including Visio, Project, MapPoint, InfoPath and OneNote add something

 

Peter Moore (business) - In 2003, Microsoft hired Moore to help the Xbox compete with other next generation consoles

 

The company began to offer a dividend on January 16, 2003, starting at eight cents per share for the fiscal year followed by a dividend of sixteen cents per share the subsequent year, switching from yearly to quarterly dividends in 2005 with eight cents a share per quarter and a special one-time payout of three dollars per share for the second quarter of the fiscal year add something


2004

In 2004, the European Union found Microsoft guilty in a highly publicized anti-trust case add something

 

Darcy Burner - Burner left Microsoft to attend law school at the University of Washington in 2004

 

Tang Jun - Prior to joining Shanda in 2004, Tang served as the president of Microsoft China Co., Ltd. from March 2002 to January 2004 and the general manager of Microsoft Asia product support and service and Microsoft Global Technical Engineering Center from January 1998 to March 2002

 

Adrian Lamo - He re-surrendered to the FBI in New York City on September 11, and pled guilty to one felony count of computer crimes against Microsoft, LexisNexis and "The New York Times" on January 8, 2004

 

In April 2004 Microsoft launched a community site for developers and users, titled Channel9, that provides a wiki and an Internet forum add something

 

Matt Pietrek - As of April 2004 he has been working at Microsoft, initially on Visual Studio


2005

Bill Gates claims the cap on H1B visas makes it difficult to hire employees for the company, stating "I'd certainly get rid of the H1B cap" in 2005 add something

 

Google - Google's 2005 partnerships included financing the new mobi top-level domain for mobile devices, along with other companies including Microsoft, &Nokia, and Ericsson

 

Kai-Fu Lee - He became the focus of a 2005 legal dispute between Google and Microsoft, his former employer, due to a one-year non-compete agreement that he signed with Microsoft in 2000 when he became its corporate vice president of interactive services

 

Kai-Fu Lee - In July, 2005, Lee left Microsoft to take a position at Google

 

Wendell Brown - Teleo was acquired by Microsoft in 2005

 

Peter Mandelson - On 22 April 2005, "The Times" revealed that Mandelson had spent the previous New Year's Eve on the yacht of Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, which was at the centre of a major EU investigation, although it did not allege impropriety

 

C. Boyden Gray - When he emerged as George W. Bush's preferred candidate for the post of the US's ambassador to the European Union in July 2005, that potential nomination deeply perturbed open source advocates who view his ties to Microsoft with suspicion

 

Kai-Fu Lee - On July 19, 2005, Microsoft sued Google and Lee in a Washington state court over Google's hiring of its former Vice President of Interactive Services, claiming that Lee was violating his non-compete agreement by working for Google within one year of leaving the Redmond-based software corporation

 

Kai-Fu Lee - On July 28, 2005, Washington state Superior Court Judge Steven González granted Microsoft a temporary restraining order, which prohibited Lee from working on Google projects that compete with Microsoft pending a trial scheduled for January 9, 2006

 

Farid Essebar - Microsoft's General counsel declared on August 26, 2005 that "The fact that we were able to see these arrests in less than two weeks and see them halfway around the world really drives that point home

 

Dan Hsu - Following the launch of the Microsoft Xbox 360 in November 2005, Hsu interviewed Peter Moore, the head of marketing for the Home and Entertainment division of Microsoft

 

Kai-Fu Lee - Before the case could go to trial, on December 22, 2005 Google and Microsoft announced that they had reached a settlement whose terms are confidential, ending a five-month dispute between the two companies


2006

J Allard - Allard has notably signed several artists as part of a broad Zune marketing campaign by Microsoft, which included heavy promotion during Seattle's Bumbershoot festival in 2006

 

Mark Russinovich - He was a cofounder of software producers Winternals before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2006

 

Ernest Lenard Hall - In 2006, Ernest L. Hall won the Grand Prize in the "Made in Express" contest sponsored by Microsoft

 

Gates McFadden - In the spring of 2006, McFadden appeared in a series of television commercials for Microsoft

 

Mark Russinovich - Russinovich joined Microsoft in 2006, when it acquired Winternals Software

 

Yuvraj Singh - Yuvraj was signed by Microsoft to be a brand ambassador for the Xbox 360 video game console when it was launched in India in 2006

 

Ilfak Guilfanov - Microsoft released an official patch on 5 January 2006

 

Bill Gates - In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


2007

As the smartphone industry boomed beginning in 2007, Microsoft struggled to keep up with its rivals Apple and Google in providing a modern smartphone operating system add something

 

Microsoft Office 2007, released at the same time, featured a "Ribbon" user interface which was a significant departure from its predecessors add something

 

Relatively strong sales of both titles helped to produce a record profit in 2007 add something

 

Andy Hunter (DJ) - In 2007, Microsoft used "Go" in the promotional video for Silverlight as well as in 2005 for promoting their "Plays For Sure" downloads

 

Don Mattrick - Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, Mattrick served as the President of Worldwide Studios for Electronic Arts, where he worked for 25 years

 

Released in January 2007, the next version of Windows, Windows Vista, focused on features, security, and a redesigned user interface dubbed Aero add something

 

Rick Jelliffe - In January 2007, Microsoft "technical evangelist" Doug Mahugh asked Jelliffe to correct Wikipedia articles about some of the standardization efforts in which he was involved, including Ecma Office Open XML and OpenDocument, suggesting that Microsoft could pay him for the time he spent editing Wikipedia

 

A. Richard Newton - In July 2007, Microsoft announced an academic *award program for new, innovative applications of information technology in the spirit of Richard's longtime ideal

 

Don Mattrick - In July 2007, Mattrick officially joined Microsoft as a Senior Vice President overseeing the Xbox 360 and PC gaming businesses

 

Peter Moore (business) - On 17 July 2007, Electronic Arts announced that Peter Moore would be leaving Microsoft to head the sports division at Electronic Arts

 

Peter Moore (business) - On 17 July 2007, Moore announced his resignation from Microsoft to take over the EA Sports division of Electronic Arts


2008

Microsoft's main U.S. campus received a silver certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program in 2008, and it installed over 2,000 solar panels on top of its buildings in its Silicon Valley campus, generating approximately 15 percent of the total energy needed by the facilities in April 2005 add something

 

" tagline below the main corporate name, is based on a slogan Microsoft used in 2008 add something

 

Bill Gates - Gates appeared in a series of ads to promote Microsoft in 2008

 

Jim Gray (computer scientist) - In 2008 Microsoft opened a research center in Madison, Wisconsin , Wisconsin, named after Jim Gray

 

J Allard - The Kin project was first known by the codename 'Project Pink', and began under direction of Microsoft executive J Allard in 2008

 

Bill Gates retired from his role as Chief Software Architect on June 27, 2008 while retaining other positions related to the company in addition to being an advisor for the company on key projects add something

 

Bill Gates - Gates's last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008

 

Azure Services Platform, the company's entry into the cloud computing market for Windows, launched on October 27, 2008 add something


2009

After suffering extended downtime and unreliability the LSE announced in 2009 that it was planning to drop its Microsoft solution and switch to a Linux based one in 2010 add something

 

Steven Spielberg - In 2009, Spielberg reportedly tried to obtain the screen rights to make a film based on Microsoft's Halo series.

 

On February 12, 2009, Microsoft announced its intent to open a chain of Microsoft-branded retail stores, and on October 22, 2009 the first retail Microsoft Store opened in Scottsdale,_Arizona; the same day the first store opened Windows 7 was officially released to the public add something

 

Olivia Munn - Munn hosted Microsoft's Bing-a-thon, an advertisement on Hulu for the Microsoft search-engine Bing on June 8, 2009, alongside Jason Sudeikis

 

Maciej Stachowiak - As of 27 August 2009, Stachowiak has co-chaired the World Wide Web Consortium's HTML Working Group along with IBM's Sam Ruby and Microsoft's Paul Cotton


2010

As a result, in 2010, Microsoft revamped their aging flagship mobile operating system, Windows Mobile, replacing it with the new Windows Phone OS; along with a new strategy in the smartphone industry that has Microsoft working more closely with smartphone manufactures, such as Nokia, and to provide a consistent user experience across all smartphones using Microsoft's Windows Phone OS. It used a new user interface design language, codenamed "Metro", which prominently used simple shapes, typography and iconography, and the concept of minimalism add something

 

During the private MGX conference in 2010, Microsoft unveiled the company's next tagline, "Be What's Next add something

 

The Microsoft Business Division produces Microsoft Office including Microsoft Office 2010, the company's line of office software add something

 

In February 2010 however, Microsoft took a stance against adding additional public transport and high-occupancy vehicle lanes to a bridge connecting Redmond to Seattle; the company did not want to delay the construction any further add something

 

J Allard - On May 25, 2010, Allard, along with Robbie Bach left Microsoft

 

As of July 2010, with the company's nine stock splits, any IPO shares would be multiplied by 288; if one was to buy the IPO today given the splits and other factors, it would cost about 9cents add something

 

Don Mattrick - In October 2010, Mattrick was promoted to President of the Interactive Entertainment Business, a role that has him reporting directly to the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer


2011

Following the release of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft underwent a gradual rebranding of its product range throughout 2011 and 2012 add something

 

For the first time in 20 years Apple Inc. surpassed Microsoft in Q1 2011 quarterly profits and revenues due to a slowdown in PC sales and continuing huge losses in Microsoft's Online Services Division add something

 

Microsoft was ranked number 1 in the list of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute in 2011 add something

 

The division produces computer games that run on Windows PCs and other systems including titles such as Age of Empires, Halo and the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, and houses the Macintosh Business Unit which produces Mac OS software including Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac add something

 

Jay S. Walker - The suit against Microsoft, &Hewlett-Packard, and Dell, Inc., was decided on January 3, 2011 as non-infringed

 

Microsoft is a founding member of the Open Networking Foundation started on March 23, 2011 add something

 

Jay S. Walker - On April 11, 2011 Walker Digital filed 15 lawsuits against more than 100 defendants including Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft for unauthorized use of its intellectual properties


2012

Microsoft's timeline for phasing out BFRs and phthalates in all products is 2012 but its commitment to phasing out PVC is not clear add something

 

On September 4, Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 add something

 

To cope with the potential increase in demand for products and services, Microsoft opened a number of "holiday stores" across the US to complement the ever-growing increase of bricks and mortar Microsoft Stores that have been sprouting up in 2012 add something

 

A developer preview was released on September 13, and was replaced by a consumer preview on February 29, 2012 add something

 

On May 31, 2012, the release preview version was released add something

 

In June 2012, Microsoft announced that it would be entering the PC vendor market for the first time, with the launch of the Microsoft Surface tablet computer add something

 

On July 20, 2012, Microsoft posted its first quarterly loss ever, despite earning record revenues for the quarter and fiscal year add something

 

On July 31, 2012, Microsoft launched the Outlook.com webmail service to compete with Gmail add something


2013

As of 2013, Microsoft is market dominant in both the PC operating system and office suite markets add something

 

On March 29, 2013, Microsoft launched a Patent Tracker add something

 

The Kinect sensor device was upgraded for the 2013 release of the eighth-generation Xbox One and its capabilities were revealed in May 2013 add something

 

On July 19, 2013, Microsoft stocks suffered its biggest one-day percentage sell-off since the year 2000 after its fourth-quarter report raised concerns among the investors on the poor showings of both Windows 8 and the Surface tablet; with more than 11 percentage points declining Microsoft suffered a loss of more than USD 32billion add something

 

On August 20, 2013, Microsoft announced that its CEO, Steve Ballmer, will retire from the company after a successor is chosen add something

 

The Alliance for Affordable Internet was launched in October 2013 and Microsoft is part of the coalition of public and private organisations that includes Facebook, Intel and Google add something


2014

On February 4, 2014, Satya Nadella of the server and tools division took over the role of CEO with Bill Gates stepping aside in his chairman role being replaced by John W. Thompson effective immediately add something

 

Microsoft employed 127,104 people as of June 5, 2014, making this about a 14 percent reduction of its workforce as the biggest Microsoft lay off ever add something

 

In July 2014, Microsoft has announced plans to lay off 18,000 employees add something

 

In September 2014, Microsoft laid off 2,100 people, including 747 people in the Seattle-Redmond area, where the company is headquartered add something

 

Members of the board of directors as of September 2014 are: John W. Thompson, Dina Dublon, Bill Gates, Maria Klawe, David Marquardt, Mason Morfit, Satya Nadella, Charles Noski, Helmut Panke and John W. Stanton add something

 

In October 2014, it was reported in the media that Microsoft which acquired Nokia to succeed in mobile device market was incurring losses due to acquisition, which was visible in its fiscal first quarter earnings add something


2015

In July 2015, Microsoft announced another 7,800 job cuts in next several months add something

 

On 26 October 2015, the company opened its flagship retail location on Fifth Avenue in New York City add something


2016

Members of the board of directors as of January 2016 are John W. Thompson, Bill Gates, Teri L. List-Stoll, Mason Morfit, Satya Nadella, Charles Noski, Helmut Panke, Sandi Peterson, Charles W. Scharf, John W. Stanton, and Padmasree Warrior add something

 

On March 1, 2016, Microsoft announced the merger of its PC and Xbox divisions, with Phil Spencer announcing that Universal Windows Applications would be the focus for Microsoft's gaming in the future add something

 

In May 2016, Microsoft announced another 1,850 jobs mostly in mobile phone division add something

 

In June 2016, Microsoft announced a project named, Microsoft Azure Information Protection add something

 

In July 2016, Microsoft launched a series of classes in data science through edX.org, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard University and MIT. The Data Science Curriculum is the first offering of the Microsoft Professional Degree program, a Microsoft-led initiative to help professionals grow their skills in critical fields add something

 

Its server sibling, Windows Server 2016, was released in September 2016 add something


2017

If approved, construction will start in early 2017 add something

 

On January 24, 2017, Microsoft showcased Intune for Education at the BETT 2017 education technology conference in London add something

 

On October 23, 2017, Microsoft said it would drop the lawsuit as a result of a policy change by the Department of Justice add something


2018

In August 2018, Microsoft implemented a policy for all companies providing subcontractors to require 12 weeks of paid parental leave to each employee add something

 

In August 2018, Toyota Tsusho began a partnership with Microsoft to create fish farming tools using the Microsoft Azure application suite for IoT technologies related to water management add something

 

In November 2018, Microsoft agreed to supply 100,000 HoloLens headsets to the United States military in order to "increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy add something

 

In December 2018, Microsoft announced Project Mu, an open source release of the UEFI core used in Microsoft Surface and Hyper-V products add something


2019

February 20, 2019 Microsoft Corp said it will offer its cyber security service AccountGuard to 12 new markets in Europe including Germany, France and Spain, to close security gaps and protect customers in political space from hacking add something