Microsoft is an American multinational corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells a range of software products and services.

Microsoft’s devices and consumer (D&C) licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system. The company’s computing and gaming hardware segment provides Xbox gaming and entertainment consoles and accessories, second-party and third-party video games, and Xbox Live subscriptions; surface devices and accessories; and Microsoft PC accessories. Its phone hardware segment offers Lumia smartphones and other non-Lumia phones. Its D&C other segment provides Windows Store, Xbox Live transactions, and Windows phone store; search advertising; display advertising; Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal; first-party video games; and other consumer products and services as well as operating retail stores.

Microsoft’s commercial licensing segments licenses server products, including Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Windows Embedded; Windows operating system; Microsoft Office for business, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and related CALs; Microsoft Dynamics business solutions; and Skype. Its commercial other segment offers enterprise services, including premier support services and Microsoft consulting services; commercial cloud comprising Office 365 Commercial, other Microsoft Office online offerings, Dynamics CRM Online, and Microsoft Azure; and other commercial products and online services.

The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as online. Microsoft Corporation was founded by [Bill Gates]( and [Paul Allen]( in 1974. It is based in Redmond, Washington.

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    G06F - Electric digital data processing
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    H04L - Transmission of digital information, e.g. telegraphic communication
  • 11,559
    G06Q - Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes
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    H04N - Pictorial communication, e.g. television
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    G06T - Image data processing or generation, in general
  • 4,519
    H04W - Wireless communications networks
  • 3,301
    G06K - Recognition of data
  • 2,852
    H04M - Telephonic communication
  • 2,005
    A63F - Card, board, or roulette games
  • 1,908
    G10L - Speech analysis or synthesis

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Contact Information

1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States


Total FundingEmployeesLast Funding DateStatus

Crunchbase Investment Rounds

DateAmountRoundValuationLead InvestorOther Investors
1981-09-01$1,000,000Series Unknown$20,000,000Technology Venture Investors