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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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MDAC provides a uniform framework for accessing a variety of data sources on their Windows platform

Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC; also known as Windows DAC) is a framework of interrelated Microsoft technologies that allows programmers a uniform and comprehensive way of developing applications that can access almost any data store. Its components include: ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), OLE DB, and Open Database Connectivity (ODBC). There have been several deprecated components as well, such as the Microsoft Jet Database Engine, MSDASQL (the OLE DB provider for ODBC), and Remote Data Services (RDS). Some components have also become obsolete, such as the former Data Access Objects API and Remote Data Objects. The first version of MDAC was released in August 1996. At that time Microsoft stated MDAC was more a concept than a stand-alone program and had no widespread distribution method. Later Microsoft released upgrades to MDAC as web-based redistributable packages. Eventually, later versions were integrated with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer, and in MDAC 2.8 SP1 they ceased offering MDAC as a redistributable package. Throughout its history, MDAC has been the subject of several security flaws, which led to attacks such as an escalated privileges attack, although the vulnerabilities were generally fixed in later versions and fairly promptly. The current version is 2.8 service pack 1, but the product has had many different versions and many of its components have been deprecated and replaced by newer Microsoft technologies. MDAC is now known as Windows DAC in Windows Vista.

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Microsoft Campus is the informal name for Microsoft's corporate headquarters, located at One Microsoft Way in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft initially moved onto the grounds of the campus on February 26, 1986, weeks before the company went public on March 13. The headquarters has since experienced multiple expansions since its establishment.

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Bill Gates

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 Windows XP's default Bliss wallpaper was taken north of San Francisco in 1996?
  • ... that Microsoft's revenues on Microsoft Office are in the range of $250 million USD a week?
  • ... 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?
  • ... that brand consultancy Millward Brown Optimor reported in 2006 that "Microsoft" is the most powerful brand name in the world?


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  1. ^ Etherington, Darrell (13 January 2017). "Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a startup focused on general artificial intelligence". TechCrunch. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Greene, Jay (2 May 2017). "Microsoft Unveils New Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S Aimed at Students". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Protalinski, Emil (10 May 2017). "Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2017 for Mac out of preview". VentureBeat. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Thorp-Lancaster, Dan (1 June 2017). "Skype is getting a major makeover with hints of Snapchat thrown in". Windows Central. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Murphy Kelly, Samantha (12 June 2017). "Xbox One X is Microsoft's powerful new game console". CNNMoney. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Lunden, Ingrid; Miller, Ron (29 June 2017). "Microsoft confirms Cloudyn acquisition, sources say price is between $50M and $70M". TechCrunch. Oath Inc. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  8. ^ Bright, Peter (30 August 2017). "Cortana and Alexa are coming together in surprising Microsoft-Amazon partnership". Ars Technica. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Warren, Tom (22 September 2017). "Windows Store rebranded to Microsoft Store in Windows 10". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Rubino, Daniel (5 October 2017). "Microsoft Launcher for Android takes over for Arrow with new features, design tweaks". Windows Central. Mobile Nations. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
  11. ^ Haselton, Todd (1 September 2017). "Here comes Microsoft's next big Windows update, which will let you 'step inside' Windows". CNBC. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
  12. ^ Woods, Rich (20 October 2017). "The Harman Kardon Invoke will be available on October 22 for $199". Neowin. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Xbox One X is Microsoft's next game console, arriving on November 7th for $499". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  14. ^ Pham, Sherisse (22 November 2017). "Skype yanked from app stores in China". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
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  17. ^ Jo Foley, Mary (30 November 2017). "Microsoft's Edge browsing apps generally available for iOS, Android". ZDNet. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 

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