Posted by : Amanda Stein Wednesday, January 29, 2014

According to Forbes, Microsoft is ranked 41st amongst the "Worlds Biggest Public Companies". In 2013, the technology giant announced a total revenue of $77.8 billion in their annual report, an increase of 6% on 2012. The organization continues to grow an now contains 16 companies which generate more than a billion dollars a year.

So the question is, from humble beginnings on a PDP-10 computer in a Harvard lab, how did Microsoft develop to become a global leader in technology? The simple answer is innovation, they began by developing the first computer operating system that made the personal computer accessible to the general public. From there they continued to be a leader in the field of technology, developing a suite of software products that we come to rely on in everyday life, both at home and in business.

Microsoft have a fantastic collection of visual statistics about their products and services know as 'Microsoft by the Numbers'. A quick look at this site will put into perspective the sheer scale and diversity of the companies offerings; Here are some highlights:

  • 1 billion people use office - that's one in seven people on the planet!

  • Microsoft has a global network of 430,000 partner organizations.

  • There are more than 140,000 windows store apps, with more than 250 million downloads.

  • 250 million people use Microsoft SkyDrive (soon to be OneDrive).

So as you begin to comprehend those figures in it's entirety, lets take a look at the timeline of Microsoft technology from 1974 onwards. you'll see some familiar faces and some you'd rather forget. Microsoft Vista seems not to have made the cut.

This artcle was written by Edward Jones from Firebrand Training. Edward is a technical writer and spends his day creating a series of how-to guides, news and opinion articles with an occasional focus on Microsoft technology. Having spent a lifetime with Windows Operating Systems whilst more recently managing Windows Server and SharePoint, Edward has a keen understanding of the technology sector.

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