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</image> <label>Founded</label> <label>Founder(s)</label> <label>Industry</label> <label>Current Owner</label> <label>Website</label> </infobox> Microsoft is a computing company founded in 1975. Today it is one of the biggest companies, as well as being one of the biggest computing companies in the world. The company's name is a portmanteau of the words "microcomputer" and "software" mixed together.


Microsoft was founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell basic interpreters for Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows, currently with about 91% of market share. The company's 1986 initial public offering, and subsequent rise in its share price, created three billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires among Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and hasmade a number of corporate acquisitions. In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in its largest acquisition to date, and in June 2014 they had bought the rights to the popular video game Minecraft. In June 2016 they announced plans to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.