An American software giant and probably the most widely known in the world too, Microsoft is the developer of the Windows operating system and the popular Office Suite of tools. This includes the most popular document processing tool Microsoft Word, the widely used spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel and the presentation making tool Microsoft PowerPoint. But beyond that Microsoft develops, sales and supports a wide variety of other software. They also have a very popular touchscreen personal computer line known as the Microsoft Surface.
Microsoft was founded in Albuquerque in 1975, by Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the company later went public. Microsoft has made some significant expansions in the recent past, buying competitive and sometimes divergent technologies to improve their presence and service offerings. They have also wanted to take a pie of the Internet search market by launching Bing as well as providing services for hosting platforms and servers technologies.