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Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft wordmark.png
Ownership type Public, NASDAQ:MSFT
Founded 1975, by Bill Gates
Headquarters Redmond , Washington
United States
Industry Computers
Product/Service Computer and Consumer Products

The Microsoft Corporation is a computer software company founded in 1975 by Bill Gates. Microsoft sells several dozen variations of the Microsoft Windows operating system, which in 2007 had a dominant market share, perhaps 97%[1] of personal computers throughout the world. Another highly successful product for Microsoft has been Microsoft Office, which over the years achieved market dominance over various competitors such as Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPerfect. Microsoft is also known for its popular gaming console, the Xbox, and for the Zune mp3 player.

Microsoft shares are traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The company is one of the 30 companies that compose the Dow Jones 30 Industrials.

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  2. Wall Street Journal, "Microsoft Chronology", Associated Press, December 13, 2007.
  3. The New York Times', Business section, Saturday, May 10, 2008
  4. Fox, "Microsoft offers cash for Wikipedia edit", Brian Bergstein, January 23rd, 2007.
  5. InformationWeek, "Microsoft Pays Blogger To 'Correct' Wikipedia Entry", Paul McDougall, January 23, 2007.