Microsoft: its leap for the stars. Assignment: to briefly give an essay about Microsoft's history, along with their net income and any information I can find.

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Today, you could walk up to anyone and ask them what first pops up in their head when they hear the name "Microsoft". Some might mention Windows, which currently runs on about 97% of personal computers (excluding Macintosh models). Some might mention Office, one of Microsoft's powerful programs out. Some might also mention Bill Gates, who happens to be the richest man in the world. Microsoft is the most powerful company ever to be founded. Today, it is worth $37 Billion They employ more than 60,000 employees in 84 countries, with their main headquarters located in Redmond, Washington. Many people would call them a "monopoly", since they do not have any competition. How did this company get so powerful? How did it all start?

It was 1975, when Bill Gates worked for Atari. His job was to help make the BASIC language for their system. Gates left the company, along with other people and started ASII Microsoft in Japan.

Their very first Operating System was called Xenix. This program was optimized for the Santa Cruz Operation, which were servers and computer systems used for research. Afterwards, they made QDOS for the very first IBM personal computer. They were very fast at taking over the total market of Operating Systems by not giving others a change to make a fully functional company. IBM, Intel, Compaq, and many other companies tried making operating systems, but none would succeed. Microsoft would eventually market PCDOS, MSDOS and Windows 3.0 and 3.1.

Microsoft would really start making their name when Windows 95 made its debut. This was the very first 32-Bit Operating System to be released. Shortly afterwards, Office 95 would be released as well. These products swarmed Microsoft's industries with buyers and companies coming to them with contracts. In two years, Microsoft would...