1. “If you can‟t make it good, at least make it look good.”
2. * Microsoft is a pioneer and a leader in computer
* Best known for creating the Windows operating system
and Office software
* Corporation has become a major player in the industry
and continues to pave the information superhighway.
3. *William H. Gates, a Harvard dropout,
founded Microsoft in 1975 in Albuquerque,
„I didn„t just drop out, I went to found Microsoft“
Bill Gates to Forbes
* He teamed up with Paul Allen and began writing
programming for personal computers.
* Microsoft originally started as Micro-Soft
and it means „microcomputer“ and „software“
(hyphen removed in 1976)
4. Until then, the use of computers was reserved
for universities and large corporations (too
complicated and too expensive to use)
* First customer: Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry
Systems (MITS) bought Altair BASIC, written by Allen
and Gates while Gates was in college
* In 1981, they bought the QDOS ($50 000) and then in
collaboration with IBM, they released it renamed MS-
DOS as the first user-friendly 16-bit operating system :)
* The first version of Windows was launched in November
* 1st virus to infect Windows (WinVer 1.4) was unleashed
5. With something to offer everyone - from the corporate CEO in need
of business solutions to the teenager playing Xbox after school-the
corporation has expanded and is no longer just a worldwide leader
in computer programming but a major player in the technology
industry as a whole.
6. * Microsoft is the world's largest computer
* 10-person board of directors runs the company,
with Steven Ballmer as the CEO and Maria Klawe
* The board is made up of 5 committees including:
* the audit committee
* the compensation committee
* the finance committee
* the governance and nominating committee
* the antitrust compliance committee.
* In addition to this board, Microsoft is made up of
an executive team to handle leadership and the
corporate staff council, which oversees staff
functions throughout the company
7. * Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of
Microsoft in January 2000.
* He remained as chairman and created the position of chief
* In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be part-
time worker at Microsoft and full-time at the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation.
* He gradually transferred his duties to:
* Ray Ozzie, chief software architect
* Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer.
* Gates' last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008.
He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.
* Paul Allen retired from MS in 1983 as a result of his
battle with Hodgkin„s disease
8. * Microsoft has operation centers and
subsidiaries all over the world and employs
more than 95,000 people who work across
32,404,796 square feet of MS presmises
* Headcount has nearly tripled since 1999 and MS employees in 1978
half are located in the United States.
* The largest division of the company is the
business group, employing 46,000 workers.
* Only 25 % workers are female
* The average Microsoft employee, “Softie” as
they call themselves, is a 38-year-old with
the average salary for a developer coming in 30 years after legendary
at $106,000 photo
9. * Mix business with pleasure:
• Paul Allen and Bill are childhood frieds
• Steve Ballmer was a Harvard classmate of Bill and was
MS„s 24th employee
• Bill Gates wrote a class scheduling program for his
school. He tweaked the program‟s code so that he was
placed in classes with mostly female students ;)
• Bill married MS employee Melinda French
* Total revenue: first year $16,000 and 4 years later
* MS made Bill a billionaire by age 31
* Bill Gates was knighted by Queen of England in 2005
* MS has more that 10 000 patents and spends almost half of its legal budget on patent
* MS is one of the biggest corporate collectors of contemporary artwork – they have over
* Temporary MS employees are given an email address
with a dash before the „@“ and permanent employees refer to them as „Dash Thrash“
10. • 2009 was the first time in 23 years that MS reported a quarterly drop in revenue
• Microsoft„s stock has split nine times since the company went public in 1986
• Microsoft has acquired over 150 companies in its history
• The $2.8 billion in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation totalled the
GDP of more than 25 countries worldwide.