From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The  Microsoft logo  Portal

     The Microsoft Portal

Microsoft CES 2009.jpg

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.

     Selected article

Microsoft Office is a commercial office suite of inter-related desktop applications, servers and services for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, introduced by Microsoft in 1989. Initially, a marketing term for a bundled set of applications, the first version of Office contained Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Over the years, Office applications have grown substantially closer with shared features such as a common spell checker, OLE data integration and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications scripting language. Microsoft also positions Office as a development platform for line-of-business software under the Office Business Applications brand. According to Forrester Research, as of June 2009, some version of Microsoft Office is used in 80% of enterprises, with 64% of enterprises using Office 2007.

     Selected picture

Credit: Microsoft Sweden

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

     In the news

Wikinews Microsoft portal
Read and edit Wikinews


     Selected biography

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.

     Did you know...

  • ... 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?


     Featured content

Featured article star.png

Featured articles

Featured lists

Good articles

Featured topics


Software: WindowsOfficeServersDynamicsVisual StudioMoneyEncartaDefendermore…

Technology: Active DirectoryDirectX.NETInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeWindows MediaPlaysForSuremore…

Web properties: Windows LiveOffice LiveMSNBCninemsnMSNHotmailMessengerSpacesGroupsLive IDPopfly

Gaming: Microsoft Game StudiosZoneXNAXbox / 360 / OneXbox Live (Arcade, Marketplace) • Games for WindowsGames for Windows - Live

Hardware: ZuneKeyboardNatural KeyboardMouseWebcamMSN TVSideWinderUltra-Mobile PCFingerprintAudio SystemPocket PCSmartphoneMicrosoft SurfaceMicrosoft HoloLens

Education and recognition: MCPsMSDNMSDNAAMSCAMicrosoft PressMicrosoft MVP • Studies related to Microsoft

Board of directors: NadellaCashDublonGatesGilmartinMarquardtNoskiPankeShirley

     Things you can do

This portal is about all things Microsoft, from its history to its products to its criticism.

This portal is not an advertisement for Microsoft; it simply summarizes various encyclopedic NPOV (neutral point of view) articles related to Microsoft. Please remove any blatant advertising for Microsoft (or any other individual or company for that matter) in accordance with Wikipedia's policy on advertising.

  • Find an image for the current selected article that isn't copyrighted and can be used on this portal page.
  • Find an image that is publicly licensed and can be displayed on this portal's selected image box.
  • Ensure NPOV on all articles related to this portal.
  • Add news content to the News box.
  • Design an icon for this portal.


M box.svg

WikiProject Microsoft is a group of editors who are willing to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Microsoft Corporation, its technologies, web properties & its people. This WikiProject is brand new and is welcoming editors to help out.

     Associated Wikimedia

The following Wikimedia Foundation sister projects provide more on this subject:






Learning resources

Travel guides




  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"Paid subscription required. 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. 
  15. ^ Hachman, Mark (28 November 2017). "Windows 10's future look could be Sets, a tabbed app interface Microsoft will start testing". PC World. International Data Group. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 
  16. ^ Jenkins, Aric (November 29, 2017). "Microsoft Will Demolish Its Campus to Build a Mini-City". Fortune. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  17. ^ Jo Foley, Mary (30 November 2017). "Microsoft's Edge browsing apps generally available for iOS, Android". ZDNet. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 

Purge server cache