Profile: Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. As of July 2020, Microsoft’s market capitalization is $1.6 trillion. Microsoft’s business involves personal computing devices, cloud systems and services, software, and related products sold to both individual consumers and businesses.

Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975 to develop and sell BASIC, a popular mainframe computer programming language, for use on an early personal computer (PC), the Altair.

Microsoft rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows. By the mid-1990s Microsoft, which became a publicly owned corporation in 1986, had become one of the most powerful and profitable companies in American history.

Microsoft operates three business segments: More Personal Computing (segment generates about 35% of revenue by selling products and services for end-users, developers, and IT managers across devices), Productivity and Business Processes (covers productivity, communication, and information products and services across devices and platforms), and Intelligent Cloud (consists of its public, private, and hybrid server products and cloud services headlined by the Azure cloud computing service).

Microsoft is considered one of the Big Five companies in the U.S. information technology industry, along with Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.

Top Executives: Mr. Satya Nadella is the Chief Executive Officer and John W. Thompson is the Board Chairperson.

Top Shareholders: CEO Satya Nadella owns 1,337,768 shares of Microsoft stock, representing 0.02% of total shares outstanding. Vanguard Group owns 640.2 million shares of Microsoft, representing 8.4% of total shares outstanding. BlackRock Inc.(BlackRock is primarily a mutual fund and ETF management company with approximately $6.47 trillion in AUM) owns 517.6 million shares of Microsoft, representing 6.8% of total shares outstanding. State Street Corp represents 4.2% of the total shares of Microsoft with 314.8 million shares.

Sales: On the earnings for its fiscal first-quarter 2021 in October, Microsoft reported revenue of $37.2 billion, compared with $33.1 billion in the same quarter last year. Earnings per share were $1.82 and the Profit was $13.9 billion, up 30% compared with the first quarter of 2019.

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