Founded on April 4, 1975, by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, today Microsoft is one of the largest and most successful companies in the world. Microsoft is the developer and distributor of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, DirectX, Xbox, and numerous other programs, games, and services.
Notice: If your computer came pre-installed with Microsoft Windows (a third-party computer such as Dell or HP), you'll need to contact your computer manufacturer and not Microsoft if you have questions.
|Sales and Support:||(800) 426-9400|
|Main switchboard:||(425) 882-8080|
|Xbox Support:||(800) 4MY-XBOX|
|Xbox TTY:||(866) 740-XBOX|
|Free virus and security info:||(866) PC SAFETY|
|Microsoft TTY/TDD:||(800) 892-5234|
|MSN TDD:||(425) 635-4948|
|E-mail:||Microsoft support page|
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|Locations:||Microsoft locations around the world|
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June 4, 2018 - Microsoft announced it would acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion.
July 29, 2015 - Microsoft releases Windows 10.
April 25, 2014 - The Nokia deal with Microsoft is complete making Nokia now Microsoft Mobile in a deal totaling $7.17 billion.
September 15, 2014 - Microsoft announced it purchased Mojang the makers of Minecraft for $2.5 billion.
February 4, 2014 - Satya Nadella takes over as Microsoft CEO.
May 10, 2011 - Microsoft announces plans to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash.
March 14, 2011 - Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9.
November 4, 2010 - Microsoft releases the Kinect for the Xbox 360.
July 29, 2009 - Microsoft and Yahoo! reach a 10-year deal to replace the Yahoo! search with Bing.
June 3, 2009 - Microsoft launches the Bing search engine.
July 26, 2006 - Microsoft acquires Gteko research firm for $110 million.
July 18, 2006 - Microsoft acquires Winternals Software.
December 16, 2004 - Microsoft purchases Giant Company Software, a developer of spyware software.
July 15, 2004 - Microsoft announces it will purchase Lookout Software LLC.
June 10, 2003 - GeCAD Software announces a definite agreement with Microsoft in acquiring GeCAD's antivirus technology RAV.
February 19, 2003 - Microsoft to acquire Connectix.
January 21, 2003 - Microsoft to acquire PlaceWare.
October 22, 2002 - Microsoft acquires Vicinity Corporation.
September 29, 2002 - Microsoft buys British game developer Rare Ltd. for $375 million.
December 09, 2001 - Microsoft to buy Navision for $1.33 billion.
December 09, 2001 - Microsoft announces Windows NT 4.0 will be retiring by the end of July 2003.
December 2001 - Microsoft files a trademark suit against Lindows.com.
October 25, 2001 - Windows XP Home and Professional editions are released.
June 5, 2001 - Microsoft ends free support for Office 97.
May 30, 2001 - Microsoft releases Office XP.
May 15, 2001 - Microsoft says Hotmail users top 100 million.
May 3, 2001 - Microsoft acquires Ensemble Studios.
April 30, 2001 - Microsoft to acquire NCompass Labs.
April 12, 2001 - MSN reaches 5 million user mark.
April 11, 2001 - Microsoft Office tool "Clippy" gets the pink slip.
January 07, 2001 - Bill Gates unveils the Xbox.
December 21, 2000 - Microsoft acquires Great Plains Software.
December 5, 2000 - Microsoft to acquire Digital Anvil.
September 18, 2000 - Microsoft acquires Pacific Microsonics Inc.
September 13, 2000 - Microsoft acquires MongoMusic.
July 12, 2000 - Microsoft acquires NetGames.
June 19, 2000 - Microsoft Corporation today announced that it has bought Bungie Software Products Corporation for undisclosed terms. This move allows Microsoft to release the highly anticipated game Halo, for its upcoming Xbox.
June 12, 2000 - Microsoft to acquire Driveoff.com.
February 29, 2000 - Microsoft to acquire Peach Networks.
January 13, 2000 - Bill Gates relinquishes his title as CEO to Microsoft President Steve Ballmer.
November 11, 1999 - Microsoft Corp. and RadioShack announce a strategic alliance to accelerate the adoption of Web technologies and consumer connections to the Internet. Under the five-year agreement, the companies will establish a Microsoft "store within a store" in as many as 7,000 RadioShack locations across the nation. Customers will be able to see demonstrations of and sign up for MSN dial-up or broadband Internet access.
October 29, 1999 - Microsoft acquires Entropic.
September 17, 1999 - Microsoft acquires Softway Systems.
September 15, 1999 - Microsoft acquires Visio Corp.
July 21, 1999 - Microsoft acquires STNC.
July 1, 1999 - Microsoft acquires Sendit.
June 15, 1999 - Microsoft acquires OmniBrowse Inc.
June 7, 1999 - Microsoft to acquire ShadowFactor.
April 26, 1999 - Microsoft acquires Jump Networks.
April 19, 1999 - Microsoft acquires Access software.
March 4, 1999 - Microsoft acquires CompareNet Inc.
January 7, 1999 - Microsoft announces it will acquire FASA Interactive.
December 1998 - Microsoft announces that Hotmail has hit over 30 million users.
November 6, 1998 - Microsoft acquires the advertising company LinkExchange for $265 million on November 6, 1998.
August 25, 1998 - Microsoft acquires Valence Research.
April 28, 1998 - Microsoft to acquire MESA group.
April 9, 1998 - Microsoft to acquire Firefly Network Inc.
February 23, 1998 - Microsoft to acquire Flash Communications.
January 3, 1998 - Microsoft completes buy of Hotmail, a deal with a speculated value of up to $400 million.
July 7, 1999 - Microsoft acquires ZOOMIT.
December 1997 - Microsoft announces it plans to acquire Hotmail a free e-mail service in December 1997.
August 1997 - Microsoft is approved to acquire WebTV.
August 5, 1997 - Microsoft announces acquisition of VXtreme.
June 30, 1997 - Microsoft acquires LinkAge Software.
June 13, 1997 - Microsoft acquires Cooper & Peters.
May 7, 1997 - Microsoft acquires Dimension X.
April 6, 1997 - Microsoft to acquire WebTV Networks.
March 4, 1997 - Microsoft to acquire Interse.
December 10, 1996 - Microsoft acquires NetCarta.
November 20, 1996 - Microsoft acquires ResNova.
July 24, 1996 - Caldera files a lawsuit against Microsoft for its alleged illegal activities and unfair practices with MS-DOS, Windows 95, and Windows 98, which it claims still use CP/M at their core.
June 11, 1996 - Microsoft acquires eShop Inc.
April 15, 1996 - Microsoft acquires EXOS Inc.
April 8, 1996 - Microsoft to acquire aha! software.
March 12, 1996 - Microsoft announces the acquisition of Colusa Software Inc.
March 1996 - Microsoft acquires Aspect Engineering.
1996 - Microsoft VBScript is introduced.
1996 - Microsoft introduces the website Expedia.
January 16, 1996 - Microsoft purchases Vermeer Technologies Inc. for $133 million. The company is the developer of the website development tool FrontPage, which Microsoft later releases as its own program.
December 12, 1995 - Microsoft acquires Bruce Artwick Organization.
November 27, 1995 - Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 2.0 and officially starts the browser war between Netscape.
October 16, 1995 - Microsoft acquires Blue Ribbon Soundworks.
August 1995 - Microsoft Internet Explorer 1.0 is introduced.
November 15, 1994 - Microsoft acquires One Tree Software.
June 28, 1994 - Microsoft acquires Softimage Inc., this company is later sold to Avid Technology Inc. on June 15, 1998.
June 1992 - Microsoft acquires Fox Software for $173 million.
May 2, 1991 - The domain microsoft.com comes online.
June 29, 1987 - Microsoft purchases Forethought Incorporated. The company that developed the presentation software PowerPoint.
November 30, 1985 - Microsoft releases the first version of Microsoft Excel on the Apple Macintosh.
March 29, 1984 - Microsoft creates a new hardware and peripheral division.
July 27, 1981 - Microsoft buys the rights for QDOS from SCP (Seattle Computer Products) for $25,000.
April 4, 1975 - Microsoft is founded.