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Microsoft (NASDAQMSFT) is an American public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions.

Its most profitable products are Microsoft Office, which has come to dominate the commercial office suite market, and the Microsoft Windows operating system, which has achieved near ubiquity in the desktop computer market. The company has also diversified in recent years into the video game industry with the Xbox, its successor, the Xbox 360 and most recently the Xbox One as well as into the consumer electronics and digital services market with Bing, MSN and the Windows Phone OS.

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Microsoft vs. MikeRoweSoft was a legal dispute between Microsoft and a Canadian Belmont High School student named Mike Rowe over the domain name "MikeRoweSoft.com". The case received international press attention following Microsoft's perceived heavy-handed approach to a 12th grade student's part-time web design business and the subsequent support that Rowe received from the online community. A settlement was eventually reached, with Rowe granting ownership of the domain to Microsoft in exchange for Microsoft products and training.

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Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014.

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Bill Gates (correctly William Henry Gates III) (born October 28, 1955 in Seattle) is the co-founder, chairman, former chief software architect, and former CEO of Microsoft, the world's largest software company. According to Forbes magazine's list of The World's Billionaires, he was ranked as the richest person in the world for thirteen consecutive years, and recent estimates put his net worth near $82 billion dollars. When family wealth is considered, his family ranks second behind the Walton family. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Although he is widely respected by people who see his wealth as a product of intelligence and foresight, since amassing his fortune, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.

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  • ... that Turing Award winner and long-time Microsoft Research technical fellow Jim Gray was lost at sea during a solo sailing trip?
  • ... that Robert Fripp, founding member of King Crimson, helped create the system sounds for Windows Vista?
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  2. ^ Baig, Edward (26 October 2016). "Microsoft Surface Studio turns PC into draft tablet: First look". USA TODAY. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Heater, Brian (2 November 2016). "Hands-on with Microsoft Teams". TechCrunch. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Etherington, Darrell (13 January 2017). "Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a startup focused on general artificial intelligence". TechCrunch. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Greene, Jay (2 May 2017). "Microsoft Unveils New Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S Aimed at Students". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Protalinski, Emil (10 May 2017). "Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2017 for Mac out of preview". VentureBeat. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Warren, Tom (23 May 2017). "Microsoft's new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option". The Verge. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  8. ^ Thorp-Lancaster, Dan (1 June 2017). "Skype is getting a major makeover with hints of Snapchat thrown in". Windows Central. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Murphy Kelly, Samantha (12 June 2017). "Xbox One X is Microsoft's powerful new game console". CNNMoney. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
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