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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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Windows 2000 is a business-oriented graphical operating system that was designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor (SMP) 32-bit Intel x86 computers. It is part of the Microsoft Windows NT line of operating systems and was released on February 17 2000, but has since been superseded by newer Microsoft operating systems. Windows 2000 came in four versions: Professional, Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server. Additionally, Microsoft offered Windows 2000 Advanced Server Limited Edition, which was released in 2001 and runs on 64-bit Intel Itanium microprocessors. Windows 2000 is preemptible and interruptible, and is classified as a hybrid kernel operating system, as its architecture is divided into user mode and kernel mode. The kernel mode provides unrestricted access to system resources and facilitates the user mode, which is heavily restricted and designed for most applications. All versions of Windows 2000 have common functionality, including many system utilities such as the Microsoft Management Console and standard system management applications such as a disk defragmentation utility.

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Bill Gates, former chairman and co-founder of Microsoft, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2007.

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  • February 3: Microsoft announced to buy SwiftKey, a startup based out of London that makes keyboard apps for Android and iOS devices.[1]
  • February 24: Microsoft announces to buy Xamarin, a company that allows developers to build fully native apps across several platforms from a single shared code base.[2]
  • June 13: Microsoft announced an acquisition of LinkedIn for US$26.2B[3]
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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 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. ^ "Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash)". TechCruch. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Matney, Lucas (February 24, 2016). "Microsoft Is Buying Mobile Cross-Platform Development Company Xamarin". TechCrunch.com. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Wingfield, Nick (13 June 2016). "Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion, Reasserting Its Muscle". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
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