Microsoft Corporation is an American technology company known by its line of computer operating systems. Its headquarters are located in Redmond, Washington in the United States. Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975 to convert and sell BASIC, a computer programming language, for the Altair 8800, a personal computer. Microsoft oversees the development, production, licensure, and selling of computer software, social networking services, cloud computing, video games, and personal computers. The company is the third US public company that is valued at more than $1 trillion following Apple and Amazon. Microsoft’s most popular products are the Microsoft Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite, Skype, Xbox, LinkedIn, One Drive, and Internet Explorer.
Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen who were childhood friends. Its headquarters were originally based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but later moved to Washington State. Paul Allen quit his job as a programmer in Boston, Massachusetts, and Bill Gates left Harvard University to focus on creating Microsoft.
Microsoft was founded on April 4, 1975, and was originally named Micro-Soft, due to its microprocessors and software. Microsoft was created to produce software for the Altair 8800, a personal computer. Microsoft quickly became a success and by the end of 1978, it had made more than $1 million in sales.
The products that Microsoft is known for today are its software products that include the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suites, and the Internet Explorer as well as Edge web browsers. Its other products include the flagship hardware products like the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface lineup of computers.