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One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052

United States

Phone: 425-882-8080

Fax: 425-706-7329

Microsoft Corporation engages in developing, licensing, and supporting a range of software products and services, by designing and selling hardware devices, and by delivering relevant online advertising to a customer audience worldwide. The company’s products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. It also designs and sells hardware devices, including Surface RT and Surface Pro, the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 accessories, and Microsoft PC accessories. The company offers cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, and content through the Internet by way of shared computing resources located in centralized data centers. Cloud-based computing services that the company offers include Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Windows Azure, Bing, Skype, Xbox LIVE, and Yammer. It also provides consulting and product and solution support services, and trains and certifies computer system integrators and developers. The company conducts research and develops advanced technologies for future software, hardware, and services. Segments The company operates through five segments: Windows Division, Server and Tools, Online Services Division, Microsoft Business Division, and Entertainment and Devices Division. Windows Division This segment develops and markets operating systems for computing devices, related software and online services, Surface RT and Pro devices, and PC accessories. This collection of software, hardware, and services is designed to empower individuals, companies, and organizations and to simplify everyday tasks through operations across the user’s hardware and software. Windows 8 is the first version of the Windows operating system that supports both x86 and ARM chip architectures and that focuses on touch. With this version, Windows is able to scale across various form factors, including mobile devices designed for consuming information and media, and devices that have high performance computing capabilities. The Windows operating systems purchased by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which they pre-install on the devices they sell. Principal Products and Services: The company offers Windows operating system; Windows Services suite of applications and Web services, including and SkyDrive; Surface RT and Pro devices; and PC accessories. The general availability of Surface RT and Windows 8 started in 2012. The general availability of Surface Pro started in February 2013. Competition: The company’s competitors include Apple, Google, and Yahoo!. Server and Tools This segment develops and markets server software, software developer tools, cloud-based services, and solutions that are designed to make information technology professionals and developers and their systems productive. The company offers its customers both on-premise software and cloud-based offerings, bringing together the benefits of traditional on-site offerings with cloud-based services. Server software is integrated server infrastructure and middleware designed to support software applications built on the Windows Server operating system. This includes the server platform, database, business intelligence, storage, management and operations, virtualization, service-oriented architecture platform, security and identity software. This segment also builds software development lifecycle tools for software architects, developers, testers, and project managers. Server offerings could be run on-site, in a partner-hosted environment, or in a Microsoft-hosted environment. The company’s cloud-based services comprise an operating system with computing, storage, database, and management, along with cloud solutions, from which customers could build, deploy, and manage enterprise workloads and Web applications. These services also include a platform that helps deve


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