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    About Microsoft

    Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    Microsoft refers to Microsoft Corp. and its affiliates, including Microsoft Mobile Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft. Microsoft Mobile Oy develops, manufactures and distributes Lumia and Asha and Nokia X mobile phones and other devices.


    Important Dates

    1975 Microsoft founded
    Jan. 1, 1979 Microsoft moves from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Bellevue, Washington
    June 25, 1981 Microsoft incorporates
    Aug. 12, 1981 IBM introduces its personal computer with Microsoft’s 16-bit operating system, MS-DOS 1.0
    Feb. 26, 1986 Microsoft moves to corporate campus in Redmond, Washington
    March 13, 1986 Microsoft stock goes public
    Aug. 1, 1989 Microsoft introduces earliest version of Office suite of productivity applications
    May 22, 1990 Microsoft launches Windows 3.0
    Aug. 24, 1995 Microsoft launches Windows 95
    Dec. 7, 1995 Bill Gates outlines Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and enhancing the Internet
    June 25, 1998 Microsoft launches Windows 98
    Jan. 13, 2000 Steve Ballmer named president and chief executive officer for Microsoft
    Feb. 17, 2000 Microsoft launches Windows 2000
    June 22, 2000 Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer outline Microsoft’s .NET strategy for Web services
    May 31, 2001 Microsoft launches Office XP
    Oct. 25, 2001 Microsoft launches Windows XP
    Nov. 15, 2001 Microsoft launches Xbox
    Jan. 15, 2002 Bill Gates outlines Microsoft’s commitment to Trustworthy Computing
    Nov. 7, 2002 Microsoft and partners launch Tablet PC
    April 24, 2003 Microsoft launches Windows Server 2003
    Oct. 21, 2003 Microsoft launches Microsoft Office System
    July 20, 2004 Microsoft announces plans to return up to $75 billion to shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks
    Nov. 22, 2005 Microsoft launches Xbox 360
    July 20, 2006 Microsoft announces a new US$20 billion tender offer and authorizes an additional share-repurchase program of up to $20 billion over five years
    Jan. 30, 2007 Microsoft launches Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System to consumers worldwide
    Feb. 27, 2008 Microsoft launches Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008
    June 27, 2008 Bill Gates transitions from his day-to-day role at Microsoft to spend more time on his work at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    June 3, 2009 Microsoft launches Bing decision engine
    Oct. 22, 2009 Microsoft launches Windows 7
    June 15, 2010 Microsoft launches general availability of Office 2010
    Nov. 4, 2010 Microsoft launches Kinect for Xbox 360
    Nov. 10, 2010 Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7
    Nov. 17, 2010 Microsoft announces availability of Microsoft Lync
    June 28, 2011 Microsoft launches Office 365
    Oct. 13, 2011 Microsoft closes its acquisition of Skype
    June 25, 2012 Microsoft acquires Yammer
    Sept. 4, 2012 Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012
    Sept. 12, 2012 Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2012
    Oct. 18, 2012 Microsoft employee giving tops US$1 billion
    Oct. 23, 2012 Microsoft introduces new entertainment experience from Xbox
    Oct. 26, 2012 Microsoft launches Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface
    Oct. 29, 2012 Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8
    Jan. 29, 2013 Microsoft launches Office 2013, expands Office 365
    Feb. 18, 2013 Microsoft launches Outlook.com
    May 21, 2013 Microsoft unveils Xbox One
    July 11, 2013 “Microsoft One” reorganization realigns company to enable innovation at great speed, efficiency
    Sept. 3, 2013 Microsoft announces decision to acquire Nokia’s devices and services business, license Nokia’s patents and mapping services
    Oct. 17, 2013 Microsoft launches Windows 8.1
    Oct. 22, 2013 Microsoft launches Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
    Nov. 22, 2013 Microsoft launches Xbox One
    Feb. 4, 2014 Satya Nadella named chief executive officer for Microsoft
    March 27, 2014 Microsoft launches Office for iPad
    April 25, 2014 Microsoft completes acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services business
    June 20, 2014 Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3
    Sept. 15, 2014 Minecraft to join Microsoft announcement
    Oct. 29, 2014 Microsoft announces Microsoft Band device
    Nov. 6, 2014 Microsoft announces Office apps for Android tablets
    May 5, 2015 Microsoft releases Surface 3
    July 29, 2015 Microsoft launches Windows 10
    Sept. 22, 2015 Microsoft launches Office 2016
    Oct. 6, 2015 Microsoft announces Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and Lumia 95 XL
    Jan. 19, 2016 Microsoft Philanthropies announces $1B in donations putting Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good
    June 1, 2016 Microsoft launches SQL Server 2016
    July 6, 2016 Microsoft introduces Microsoft Dynamics 365
    Sept. 29, 2016 Microsoft announces formation of new AI and Research Group
    Oct. 18, 2016 Microsoft researchers achieve human parity in conversational speech recognition
    Oct. 26, 2016 Microsoft introduces Surface Studio, Surface Dial, new Surface Book and Windows 10 Creators Update
    Dec. 8, 2016 Microsoft completes acquisition of LinkedIn
    March 7, 2017 Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2017
    March 17, 2017 Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 customers worldwide
    May 2, 2017 Microsoft introduces new technology for education, including Windows 10 S, new Surface Laptop and Microsoft Teams for classrooms
    May 11, 2017 Microsoft announces Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
    May 23, 2017 Microsoft announces Windows 10 China Government Edition and the new Surface Pro
    June 11, 2017 Microsoft premieres Xbox One X
    June 14, 2017 Surface Laptop and new Surface Pro available in 25 markets worldwide

    Board of Directors

    William H. Gates III Founder and Technology Advisor, Microsoft Corporation
    Reid Hoffman Partner, Greylock Partners
    Hugh Johnston Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.
    Teri L. List-Stoll Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gap, Inc.
    G. Mason Morfit President and Chief Investment Officer, ValueAct Capital
    Satya Nadella Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation
    Charles H. Noski Former Vice Chairman, Bank of America Corporation
    Dr. Helmut Panke Former Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW AG
    Sandra E. Peterson Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
    Charles W. Scharf Chief Executive Officer, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
    John W. Stanton Chairman, Trilogy Equity Partners
    John W. Thompson Chairman, Microsoft Corporation
    Padmasree Warrior Chief Development Officer and US Chief Executive Officer, NIO USA, Inc.

    As of Sept. 30, 2017

    Microsoft Business Organization

    Last updated: December 31, 2016

    Engineering Groups:
    • Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group
      Scott Guthrie is the leader of the Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group, which is responsible for the company’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, CRM, ERP, management and development tools businesses. His engineering team builds Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics, Active Directory, System Center, Visual Studio and .NET.
    • Office Product Group
      Rajesh Jha leads Microsoft’s business across productivity, communications, education, search and other information services, setting the vision, strategy and overall direction of the Applications and Services group, and is responsible for all of the research and development teams across Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, Lync, Skype, Bing, Bing Apps, MSN and the Advertising platforms and business group.
    • Windows and Devices Group
      Terry Myerson leads this group, which focuses on the software platform, apps, games, store and devices that power the Windows ecosystem, including Microsoft Edge, Minecraft, Halo, Surface, Surface Hub, HoloLens and Xbox.
    • Technology and Research
      Harry Shum leads Technology and Research, including Microsoft Research, Trustworthy Computing and Technology Policy, and is responsible for driving the company’s overall technical directions.
    Business Functions:
    • Business Development Group
      Peggy Johnson leads the Business Development Group, focusing on key partnerships, especially our innovation partners (OEMs, silicon vendors, key developers, Yahoo, etc.) and our broad work on evangelism and developer outreach. DPE, Corporate Strategy and the business development efforts formerly in the business groups are part of this group.
    • Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs
      Brad Smith leads as president and chief legal officer. His teams are responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, corporate philanthropy, government affairs, public policy, corporate governance, and social responsibility work. His teams also lead the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others.
    • Corporate Strategy & Planning
      Kurt DelBene is the executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Operations, leading the company’s cross-engineering and cross-business strategy, execution and planning initiatives as well as Microsoft’s IT and operations.
    • Finance Group
      Amy Hood leads all product group finance organizations.
    • Global Sales, Marketing and Operations
      Jean-Philippe Courtois leads global sales, marketing and services for 122 subsidiaries worldwide, driving strategic planning, running global operations and shaping growth initiatives both in developed and emerging markets.
    • HR Group
      Kathleen Hogan leads Human Resources, responsible for pushing the company’s cultural transformation forward so it can thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.
    • LinkedIn
      Jeff Weiner leads LinkedIn, the world’s largest and most powerful network of professionals.
    • Marketing Group
      Chris Capossela leads Microsoft’s worldwide marketing and consumer business. This includes advertising, brand, communications, research as well as Microsoft’s retail stores.
    • Worldwide Commercial Business
      Judson Althoff leads the Worldwide Commercial Business organization, including enterprise, public sector, small and mid-market, services, developer and partner.

    Operation Centers

    Last updated: Dec. 31, 2014

    Role Location
    Licensing, Manufacturing, Operations and Logistics Dublin, Ireland
    Manufacturing Humacao, Puerto Rico, USA
    Licensing and Operations Reno, Nevada, USA
    Operations and Logistics Singapore
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