Microsoft Corporation is an international technology company based in Redmund, Washington. Established in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Aleen, Microsoft Corporation currently owns more than 60 subsidiary companies spread across the world. Some of its subsidiaries include Skype, Microsoft Research, Obsidian Entertainment, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd, and others.
The company specializes in manufacturing and distribution of computer products, including consumer electronics, PC, computer software, and related services. The company is popularly known for its products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office Suite, and others. In addition, the firm manufactures hardware products such as Xbox video game consoles and Microsoft Surface used in PC.
In 2018, the company became the most valuable publicly traded tech giant ahead of Apple Inc. Also, Fortune 500 rankings placed Microsoft Corporation at No.30 in 2018. Furthermore, the company attained the third position after Apple and Amazon as the US-based public company valued at $1 trillion and above. It is listed on NASDAQ and a component of the S&P 100 and S&P 500.