Microsoft, the IT giant


Presentation of the company


Microsoft is an American multinational computer and micro-computer company, whose activity is mainly the sale of software, operating systems and consumer electronics. The company offers products known worldwide, such as the Office suite (Excel, Word ...) their Windows operating system or the Xbox. The company is one of the main market capitalizations of the NASDAQ, with 2102 billion dollars of capitalization.

Microsoft's strategy, contrary to past years, is more focused on deepening the specific needs of each industry, and supporting customers to work more closely on the needs of each industry and on new features that can be implemented.

Microsoft's main competitors are Apple, IBM, Oracle, and Intel.

Source : statista.com

Source : statista.com


History of Microsoft


Microsoft was founded in 1975 in the United States by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The first goal of the company was to develop and sell computer programs, then it became one of the subcontractors of IBM. In December 1978, the company exceeded one million in sales. In the mid-1980s, Microsoft broke away from IBM by dominating the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS.

In 1986, the company got listed on the stock exchange at a value of $21 per share.

During the period 1993-2001, along with some marketing moves, Windows, previously a simple graphical environment for MS-DOS, became a full-fledged operating system. Windows quickly became Microsoft's biggest success, and a flagship product of the company, generating a lot of profits. This was followed by the launch of the Xbox in 2001, the acquisition of Skype in 2011, or the acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016. All these events have made Microsoft the world famous company it is today.

Source : macrotrends.com

Source : statista.com


Who is Bill Gates, the philanthropist co-founder of Microsoft?

Bill Gates, born in 1955 in the United States, is a computer scientist, entrepreneur and billionaire known worldwide as co-founder of Microsoft. In 1973, he entered Harvard as a freshman, but did not go further than that. With his colleague Paul Allen, he started to develop the first computer language compatible with the Altair 8800 microcomputer. They then created Microsoft in order to market their software.

The company became very successful and Bill Gates became a billionaire when Microsoft went public in 1986. In 1996, he is the richest man in the world. Today, he is in fourth place in this ranking.

In the eyes of many, Bill Gates is considered as one of the pioneers of the opening of the computer world to the general public. Very few companies have an image as closely linked to its founder as Microsoft.

In 2000, he opened the Bill-and-Melinda-Gates Humanitarian Foundation, in order to bring to the world population the innovations necessary for the improvement of health and the acquisition of knowledge. From 2008, Bill Gates is gradually withdrawing from Microsoft to focus fully on his association.

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Source : statista.com


The market


Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and services. The computer business has experienced an explosion of opportunities created by the democratization of the Internet and computer tools in the late twentieth century. Today, although many new companies are created each year in this sector, some have dominated the market for a long time.

The more time passes, the more customers there are in this market. In order to stand out and remain competitive, companies have to innovate and always offer higher and higher performances. It is a very dynamic sector, in constant development, and the actors of this market must take this into account.

Source : statista.com

Source : statista.com


Key figures and financial ratios


Market capitalisation : $1.953 trillion 1(May 13, 2022)

Revenue : $184.903 billions 2(2021)

Net income: $71.185 billions 3( 2021)

Dividends paid: Continuously since 2015, 4 times a year

Earnings per share: $9.344(2021)

Price to earnings ratio : ≃27.26 5(May 13, 2022)

Debt to equity ratio : 0.30 6(2022)

Source : statista.com

Source : statista.com

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