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Microsoft, inc. is a multinational company that develops a wide range of software products. The most profitable products are the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. The company was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980's, followed by the Windows line of operating systems. Windows is still the flagship product of the company, the current desktop version is Windows 7, released in 2009. The company now has three business divisions: the Microsoft Platform Products and Services Division, the Microsoft Business Division and the Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft has been the largest software company in the world for at least 8 years in a row.

Company information
Primary business sectors Infrastructure Software
Secondary business sectors Operating Systems, Office Productivity, Databases, Development Tools
Employees 79,000
Software Top 100 position (2011)
Previous Software Top 100 position 1
Financial information
Total revenues 2010 (mln US$) 67,383
Total revenues 2009 (mln US$) 61,159
Software revenues 2010 (mln US$) 54,270
Software revenues 2009 (mln US$) 49,090
Software revenue growth (%yoy) 10.6%
Software/Total % 80.5%
General information
Microsoft investor relations url
Financial year end June 30th
Financial year correction 1/2 FY 2008 + Q1/Q2 FY 2009
Software revenue calculation
Client + 85% of Server & Tools + OSB + MBD + 1/3 Entertainment and Devices Devision
Other research remarks SW Rev calculation is adjusted according to Microsoft's segment recognition

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