Microsoft, one of the world's top ten brands

Microsoft is an American multinational technology enterprise, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. The company is headquartered in Redmond, Washington (near Seattle), focusing on R&D, manufacturing, licensing and providing a wide range of computer software services.

The most famous and best-selling products are Windows operating system and Office series software. It is the world's largest computer software provider and the leader in the development of personal computer software.

corporate name

The term "Microsoft" consists of "Microcomputer" and "Software". Among them, the source of "Micro" is MicrocomPuter "microcomputer", and "Software" is the abbreviation of "software", named by Bill Gates.

From 1975 to 1979, Microsoft used the company's first LOGO. The second LOGO was used from 1980 to 1981, the third from 1982 to 1986, and the fourth from 1987 to August 22, 2012. Since August 23, 2012, Microsoft has been using new LOGOs.


In 1975, Bill Gates, 19, dropped out of Harvard University and sold BASIC (Beginners' All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) together with his high school alumnus Paul Allen, who also translated Peiji.

Peiji means "beginner's omnidirectional symbolic instruction code, which is a programming language designed for beginners. When Gates was still studying at Harvard University, they used to compile a language for Altair of MITS. Later, Gates and Allen moved to Albuquerque and founded Microsoft in a local hotel room.

Microsoft Products

operating system

MS-DOS: An early product of Microsoft Corporation, it is a command line interface. Early versions of Windows should run under MS-DOS, but Windows NT and later products can run without MS-DOS. However, Microsoft continues to launch Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me transitional products running under MS-DOS at the same time because the software and hardware of users cannot operate normally under Windows NT.

Windows: a graphical operating system called "Windows"; It has many versions. At present, the latest desktop version is Windows 7, and the latest server version is Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows is pre installed on almost all personal computers. In addition, the company's latest smartphone system is Windows Phone7. Windows Media Player12 is the latest version of the player. The latest instant messaging software is Windows Live Messenger. In recent years, Windows Defender, Windows Desktop Search, Windows Steadstate and virtual PC have also developed. Software developed and run on the Windows operating system platform sometimes starts with Windows, such as Windows Defender (anti spyware program).

Microsoft provided the build 7100 version on its official website for anyone to download on May 5, 2009. Windows 7 RTM was released in July, and the retail version was released on October 22

Windows 8

The Windows 8 version number is Windows NT 6.2.

Windows 8 is scheduled to be released at the end of 2012, so it can really be called the "doomsday version" of Microsoft Windows 2012. At least the server version will be named Windows Server 2012.

In March 2011, Windows 8 entered the M3 phase. After M3, Beta 1 came. Now we are about to enter the beta stage.

Microsoft has planned two beta versions of Windows 8. Beta 1 and Beta 2 are both public beta versions.

After Windows 8 RC version, RTM will be officially implemented in about 3 months.

Microsoft plans to retail boxed Windows 8 on January 7, 2013

Windows 8 will go through RQM, M1, M2, M3, Beta 1, Beta 2, RC and finally RTM.

In the field of professional application, after Windows 2000, Microsoft introduced Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 systems.

Microsoft's software products also include other categories:

Microsoft Office

Microsoft SQL Server

Internet Information Services

Internet Explorer

Windows Media Player

Microsoft also produces a range of reference products, such as encyclopedias and atlases, using the name Encarta.

Microsoft also develops an integrated development environment for application system development, named Microsoft Visual Studio. Currently released for NET environment.

Other products: Microsoft Student, Microsoft Money, Streets&Trips, Works&Works Suite, Math Microsoft Expression

Microsoft Azure is the brand of Microsoft for cloud services. The advantage is that enterprises can create their own system services without having physical servers

In the IT software industry, there is a warning: "Never do what Microsoft wants to do.". It can be seen that the huge potential of Microsoft has penetrated into all aspects of the software industry. It is almost invincible and invincible. At present, the company has branches in more than 60 countries, with nearly 91000 employees worldwide.

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