Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. The world's #1 software company develops and sells a variety of products used by consumers and businesses. Its core products are the ubiquitous Windows PC operating system and the Office business productivity application suite that is sold in part through PC makers such as Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba, who pre-install the software on their devices. Microsoft also sells directly online and through resellers. It also makes video game consoles (Xbox), enterprise applications (Microsoft Dynamics), server and storage software, and digital music players (Zune). Other activities include online advertising, mobile software, and consulting and support services.
The Company operates in five segments: Windows & Windows Live Division (Windows Division), Server and Tools, Online Services Division (OSD), Microsoft Business Division (MBD), and Entertainment and Devices Division (EDD). The Company’s products include operating systems for personal computers (PCs), servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and online advertising.