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  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    Friday Apr 04, 1975

    Establishment

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    Friday Apr 04, 1975

    Gates and Allen officially established Microsoft on April 4, 1975, with Gates as the CEO. The original name of "Micro-Soft" (short for microcomputer software) was suggested by Allen.




  • Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
    Jan, 1979

    Microsoft Moved Its Headquarters To Bellevue

    Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
    Jan, 1979

    Microsoft moved its headquarters to Bellevue, Washington in January 1979.




  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    1980

    Operating System

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    1980

    Microsoft entered the operating system (OS) business in 1980 with its own version of Unix, called Xenix.




  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    Nov, 1980

    IBM PC

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    Nov, 1980

    After negotiations with Digital Research failed, IBM awarded a contract to Microsoft in November 1980 to provide a version of the CP/M OS, which was set to be used in the upcoming IBM Personal Computer (IBM PC).




  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    1983

    Paul Allen resigned

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    1983

    Paul Allen resigned from Microsoft in 1983 after developing Hodgkin's disease.




  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 20, 1985

    Microsoft Windows

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 20, 1985

    Microsoft released Microsoft Windows, a graphical extension for MS-DOS, on November 20.




  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 26, 1986

    Microsoft Moved Its Headquarters To Redmond

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 26, 1986

    Microsoft moved its headquarters from Bellevue to Redmond, Washington, on February 26, 1986.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 13, 1986

    Public Company

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 13, 1986

    On March 13, Microsoft went public (Public Company).


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Apr 02, 1987

    Microsoft Released Its Version of OS/2

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Apr 02, 1987

    Microsoft released its version of OS/2 to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on April 2, 1987.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday May 11, 1990

    Windows 3.0

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday May 11, 1990

    On May 22, Microsoft launched Windows 3.0, featuring streamlined user interface graphics and improved protected mode capability for the Intel 386 processor.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 21, 1993

    Easier Windows

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 21, 1993

    The company was at work on a 32-bit OS, Microsoft Windows NT. It shipped on July 21, 1993, with a new modular kernel and the Win32 application programming interface (API), making porting from 16-bit (MS-DOS-based) Windows easier.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday May 26, 1995

    Internet Tidal Wave memo

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday May 26, 1995

    Following Bill Gates' internal "Internet Tidal Wave memo" on May 26, 1995, Microsoft began to redefine its offerings and expand its product line into computer networking and the World Wide Web.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Aug 24, 1995

    Windows 95

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Aug 24, 1995

    The company released Windows 95 on August 24, 1995, featuring pre-emptive multitasking, a completely new user interface with a novel start button, and 32-bit compatibility; similar to NT, it provided the Win32 API.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 13, 2000

    Chief Software Architect

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 13, 2000

    On January 13, 2000, Bill Gates handed over the CEO position to Steve Ballmer, an old college friend of Gates and employee of the company since 1980, while creating a new position for himself as Chief Software Architect.


  • U.S.
    Monday Apr 03, 2000

    Judgement Handed Down The Case

    U.S.
    Monday Apr 03, 2000

    On April 3, 2000, a judgment was handed down in the case of United States v. Microsoft Corp.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Oct 25, 2001

    Windows XP

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Oct 25, 2001

    On October 25, 2001, Microsoft released Windows XP, unifying the mainstream and NT lines of OS under the NT codebase.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 21, 2001

    Xbox Release

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 21, 2001

    The company released the Xbox later that year, entering the video game console market dominated by Sony and Nintendo.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 22, 2005

    Xbox 360 Release

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 22, 2005

    In November 2005, the Xbox 360 was released. There were two versions, a no-frills version for $299.99 and a bells-and-whistles version for $399.99.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    2006

    Microsoft Finantial State of 2006

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    2006

    The Total Assets of Microsoft corporation in 2006 was 69,597 mil. US$.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    2007

    Microsoft Finantial State of 2007

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    2007

    The Total Assets of Microsoft corporation in 2007 was 63,171 mil. US$.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

    EU Imposed Fine

    Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

    The European Union imposed another fine of €899 million ($1.4 billion) for Microsoft's lack of compliance with the March 2004 judgment on February 27, 2008, saying that the company charged rivals unreasonable prices for key information about its workgroup and backoffice servers. Microsoft stated that it was in compliance and that "these fines are about the past issues that have been resolved".


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Jun 27, 2008

    Gates Retired

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Jun 27, 2008

    Gates retired from his role as Chief Software Architect on June 27, 2008, a decision announced in June 2006, while retaining other positions related to the company in addition to being an advisor for the company on key projects.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Oct 22, 2009

    Window 7

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Oct 22, 2009

    Windows 7 was officially released to the public.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    2010

    Microsoft Finantial State of 2010

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    2010

    The Total Assets of Microsoft corporation in 2010 was 86,113 mil. US$.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 23, 2011

    Open Networking Foundation

    U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 23, 2011

    Microsoft is a founding member of the Open Networking Foundation started on March 23, 2011.


  • U.S.
    Monday Jun 25, 2012

    Social Network Yammer

    U.S.
    Monday Jun 25, 2012

    On June 25, Microsoft paid US$1.2 billion to buy the social network Yammer.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

    Outlook.com

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

    On July 31, they launched the Outlook.com webmail service to compete with Gmail.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 04, 2012

    Windows Server 2012

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 04, 2012

    On September 4, 2012, Microsoft released Windows Server 2012.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Oct 26, 2012

    Windows 8

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Oct 26, 2012

    Microsoft released Windows 8.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Mar 29, 2013

    Patent Tracker

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Mar 29, 2013

    On March 29, 2013, Microsoft launched a Patent Tracker.


  • Finland
    Tuesday Sep 03, 2013

    Nokia

    Finland
    Tuesday Sep 03, 2013

    On September 3, 2013, Microsoft agreed to buy Nokia's mobile unit for $7 billion.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

    Steve Ballmer Stepped down as CEO of Microsoft

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

    On February 4, 2014, Steve Ballmer stepped down as CEO of Microsoft and was succeeded by Satya Nadella, who previously led Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise division.


  • Finland
    Friday Apr 25, 2014

    Nokia acquired

    Finland
    Friday Apr 25, 2014

    On April 25, 2014, Microsoft acquired Nokia Devices and Services for $7.2 billion.


  • Stockholm, Sweden
    Monday Sep 15, 2014

    Microsoft acquired Mojang

    Stockholm, Sweden
    Monday Sep 15, 2014

    On September 15, 2014, Microsoft acquired the video game development company Mojang, best known for Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

    Microsoft Surface Hub

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

    On January 21, 2015, Microsoft announced the release of their first Interactive whiteboard, Microsoft Surface Hub.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

    Windows 10

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

    On July 29, 2015, Windows 10 was released.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

    Microsoft announced The merger of its PC and Xbox Divisions

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

    On March 1, 2016, Microsoft announced the merger of its PC and Xbox divisions, with Phil Spencer announcing that Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps would be the focus for Microsoft's gaming in the future.


  • London, England
    Tuesday Jan 24, 2017

    BETT 2017 Education Technology Conference

    London, England
    Tuesday Jan 24, 2017

    On January 24, 2017, Microsoft showcased Intune for Education at the BETT 2017 education technology conference in London.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 10, 2018

    Open Invention Network

    U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 10, 2018

    On October 10, 2018, Microsoft joined the Open Invention Network community despite holding more than 60,000 patents.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 20, 2019

    AccountGuard

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 20, 2019

    February 20, 2019 Microsoft Corp said it will offer its cyber security service AccountGuard to 12 new markets in Europe including Germany, France and Spain, to close security gaps and protect customers in political space from hacking.


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