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Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Corporate Address
Important Dates
Board of Directors
Microsoft Segments
Operation Centers
Microsoft Subsidiaries
Revenue and Headcount
Employment Information
Real Estate Portfolio
About Microsoft

Corporate Address

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-7329
Tel: (425) 882-8080
Fax: (425) 706-7329


Important Dates

1975 Microsoft founded
Jan. 1, 1979 Microsoft moves from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Bellevue, Washington
June 25, 1981 Microsoft incorporates
Aug. 12, 1981 IBM introduces its personal computer with Microsoft’s 16-bit operating system, MS-DOS 1.0
Feb. 26, 1986 Microsoft moves to corporate campus in Redmond, Washington
March 13, 1986 Microsoft stock goes public
Aug. 1, 1989 Microsoft introduces earliest version of Office suite of productivity applications
May 22, 1990 Microsoft launches Windows 3.0
Aug. 24, 1995 Microsoft launches Windows 95
Dec. 7, 1995 Bill Gates outlines Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and enhancing the Internet
June 25, 1998 Microsoft launches Windows 98
Jan. 13, 2000 Steve Ballmer named president and chief executive officer for Microsoft
Feb. 17, 2000 Microsoft launches Windows 2000
June 22, 2000 Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer outline Microsoft’s .NET strategy for Web services
May 31, 2001 Microsoft launches Office XP
Oct. 25, 2001 Microsoft launches Windows XP
Nov. 15, 2001 Microsoft launches Xbox
Jan. 15, 2002 Bill Gates outlines Microsoft’s commitment to Trustworthy Computing
Nov. 7, 2002 Microsoft and partners launch Tablet PC
April 24, 2003 Microsoft launches Windows Server 2003
Oct. 21, 2003 Microsoft launches Microsoft Office System
July 20, 2004 Microsoft announces plans to return up to $75 billion to shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks
Nov. 22, 2005 Microsoft launches Xbox 360
July 20, 2006 Microsoft announces a new US$20 billion tender offer and authorizes an additional share-repurchase program of up to $20 billion over five years
Jan. 30, 2007 Microsoft launches Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System to consumers worldwide
Feb. 27, 2008 Microsoft launches Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008
June 27, 2008 Bill Gates transitions from his day-to-day role at Microsoft to spend more time on his work at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
June 3, 2009 Microsoft launches Bing decision engine
Oct. 22, 2009 Microsoft launches Windows 7
June 15, 2010 Microsoft launches general availability of Office 2010
Nov. 4, 2010 Microsoft launches Kinect for Xbox 360
Nov. 10, 2010 Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7
Nov. 17, 2010 Microsoft announces availability of Microsoft Lync
June 28, 2011 Microsoft launches Office 365
Oct. 13, 2011 Microsoft closes its acquisition of Skype
June 25, 2012 Microsoft acquires Yammer
Sept. 4, 2012 Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012
Sept. 12, 2012 Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2012
Oct. 18, 2012 Microsoft employee giving tops US$1 billion
Oct. 23, 2012 Microsoft introduces new entertainment experience from Xbox
Oct. 26, 2012 Microsoft launches Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface
Oct. 29, 2012 Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8
Jan. 29, 2013 Microsoft launches Office 2013, expands Office 365
Feb. 18, 2013 Microsoft launches Outlook.com
May 21, 2013 Microsoft unveils Xbox One
July 11, 2013 “Microsoft One” reorganization realigns company to enable innovation at great speed, efficiency
Sept. 3, 2013 Microsoft announces decision to acquire Nokia’s devices and services business, license Nokia’s patents and mapping services
Oct. 17, 2013 Microsoft launches Windows 8.1
Oct. 22, 2013 Microsoft launches Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
Nov. 22, 2013 Microsoft launches Xbox One
Feb. 4, 2014 Satya Nadella named chief executive officer for Microsoft
March 27, 2014 Microsoft launches Office for iPad
April 25, 2014 Microsoft completes acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services business
June 20, 2014 Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3
Sept. 15, 2014 Minecraft to join Microsoft announcement
Oct. 29, 2014 Microsoft announces Microsoft Band device
Nov. 6, 2014 Microsoft announces Office apps for Android tablets
Jan. 21, 2015 Microsoft reveals Windows 10
March 31, 2015 Microsoft announces Surface 3

Board of Directors

Last updated: March 31, 2015

William H. Gates III Founder and Technology Advisor, Microsoft Corporation
Maria M. Klawe President, Harvey Mudd College
Teri L. List-Stoll Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Kraft Foods Group, Inc.
G. Mason Morfit President, ValueAct Capital
Satya Nadella Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Charles H. Noski Former Vice Chairman, Bank of America Corporation
Dr. Helmut Panke Former Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW AG
Charles W. Scharf Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc.
John W. Stanton Chairman, Trilogy Equity Partners
John W. Thompson Chairman, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Segments

Last updated: March 31, 2015

Engineering Groups:
  • Advanced Technology
    Eric Rudder leads Advanced Technology and Education, responsible for cross-company technology initiatives for all Microsoft devices and services.
  • Applications and Services Engineering Group
    Qi Lu leads broad applications and services core technologies in productivity, communication, search and other information categories.
  • Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group
    Scott Guthrie is the leader of the Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group, which leads development of Microsoft’s back-end technologies like datacenter, database and our specific technologies for enterprise IT scenarios and development tools. He also leads datacenter development, construction and operation.
  • Devices Group
    Stephen Elop is the executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Microsoft Band, Lumia, Surface, Surface Hub, Xbox hardware, HoloLens and accessories.
  • Dynamics
    Kirill Tatarinov leads Dynamics, with his product leaders dotted line reporting to Qi Lu, his marketing leader dotted line reporting to Chris Capossela and his sales leader dotted line reporting to the COO group.
  • Operating Systems Engineering Group
    Terry Myerson leads this group, which is responsible for the software platform for Windows, HoloLens and Xbox – as well as many of the apps and games showcased on these platforms, including Minecraft, Halo and Internet Explorer. OSG also builds the Store, enabling customers to buy apps and devices from Microsoft.
  • Technology and Research
    Harry Shum leads Technology and Research, including Microsoft Research, Trustworthy Computing and Technology Policy, and is responsible for driving the company’s overall technical directions.
Business Functions:
  • Business Development Group
    Peggy Johnson leads the Business Development Group, focusing on key partnerships, especially our innovation partners (OEMs, silicon vendors, key developers, Yahoo, etc.) and our broad work on evangelism and developer outreach. DPE, Corporate Strategy and the business development efforts formerly in the business groups are part of this group. OEM is in the SMSG group with Turner, and has a dotted line reporting structure to Rudder, who works closely with Microsoft’s key hardware partners.
  • Corporate Strategy & Planning
    Kurt DelBene leads both cross-engineering and cross-business strategy, execution and planning initiatives, with an emphasis on opportunities that span product and engineering boundaries.
  • Finance Group
    Amy Hood leads all product group finance organizations. SMSG finance, which is geographically diffuse, will report to Turner with a dotted line to Hood.
  • HR Group
    Kathleen Hogan leads Human Resources.
  • Legal and Corporate Affairs Group
    Brad Smith leads as General Counsel with responsibility for the company’s legal and corporate affairs.
  • Marketing Group
    Chris Capossela leads global product marketing, advertising, brand, research and communications functions for businesses and consumers.
  • Operations
    Kevin Turner leads the company’s worldwide sales, field marketing, services, support, and stores as well as IT, licensing and commercial operations.
  • Strategy
    Mark Penn leads Strategy, responsible for core strategic issues across Microsoft’s products, value propositions and investments, and leads the company’s competitive research and analysis.

Operation Centers

Last updated: Dec. 31, 2014

Role Location
Licensing, Manufacturing, Operations and Logistics Dublin, Ireland
Manufacturing Humacao, Puerto Rico, USA
Licensing and Operations Reno, Nevada, USA
Operations and Logistics Singapore

Microsoft Subsidiaries

Last updated: Dec. 31, 2014

Albania Cyprus Korea Qatar
Algeria Czech Republic Kuwait Romania
Angola Denmark Latvia Russia
Argentina Dominican Republic Lebanon Saudi Arabia
Armenia Ecuador Libya Senegal
Australia Egypt Lithuania Serbia
Austria El Salvador Luxembourg Singapore
Azerbaijan Estonia Macao SAR Slovakia
Bahrain Finland Macedonia, Former
Yugoslav Republic of
Bangladesh France Malaysia South Africa
Belarus Georgia Malta Spain
Belgium Germany Mauritius Sri Lanka
Bermuda Ghana Mexico Sweden
Bolivia Greece Montenegro Switzerland
Bosnia & Herzegovina Guatemala Morocco Taiwan
Brazil Honduras Mozambique Tanzania
British Virgin Islands Hong Kong SAR Namibia Thailand
Brunei Hungary Netherlands Trinidad & Tobago
Bulgaria Iceland New Zealand Tunisia
Cambodia India Nigeria Turkey
Cameroon Indonesia Norway Uganda
Canada Iraq Oman Ukraine
Cayman Islands Ireland Pakistan United Arab Emirates
Chile Israel Panama United Kingdom
China Italy Paraguay United States
Colombia Jamaica Peru Uruguay
Congo Japan Philippines Venezuela
Costa Rica Jordan Poland Vietnam
Côte d’Ivoire Kazakhstan Portugal Zimbabwe
Croatia Kenya Puerto Rico

Revenue and Headcount

Last updated: June 30, 2014

Headcount & Revenue Growth

Microsoft’s worldwide headcount and revenue growth for the past 10 fiscal years are summarized below:

Fiscal Year Ending Head Count Net Revenue (US$) Growth Net Income (US$) Growth
June 30, 2014 128,076 $86.83B 12% $22.07B 1%
June 30, 2013** 99,139 $77.31B 4% $22.12B -6%
June 30, 2012* 94,290 $74.30B 6% $23.60B 5%
June 30, 2011 90,412 $69.94B 13% $23.15B 23%
June 30, 2010 88,596 $62.48B 7% $18.76B 29%
June 30, 2009 92,736 $58.44B -3% $14.57B -18%
June 30, 2008 91,259 $60.42B 18% $17.68B 26%
June 30, 2007 78,565 $51.12B 15% $14.07B 12%
June 30, 2006 71,172 $44.28B 11% $12.60B 3%
June 30, 2005 61,000 $39.79B 8% $12.25B 50%

* Fiscal year 2012 results are adjusted for Windows Upgrade Offer deferral and goodwill impairment charge.
** Fiscal year 2013 results are adjusted for the recognition of previously deferred revenue related to the Windows Upgrade Offer and the European Commission fine.

Employment Information

Last updated: March 31, 2015

Current Employment Headcount
Location Employees
Worldwide 118,584
USA 59,644
Puget Sound (Washington State) 41,728
Reported Gender Breakout (Worldwide)*
Gender Percentage
Male 71.6%
Female 28.0%

* Gender and ethnicity totals do not include unknown. Denominators include unknown.

Reported Ethnicity Breakout (USA)**
Ethnicity Percentage
Caucasian 59.4%
Asian 28.6%
African American/Black 3.5%
Hispanic/Latino 5.1%
Multi-Racial 1.2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.5%
Native Hawaii/Pacific Islander 0.3%

** For additional information, visit Diversity.

Reported Age Breakout (USA)
Age Range1 Percentage
29 or Under 17.3%
30-39 37.0%
40+ 45.6%

1Average age: 38.7 years.

Functional Breakout (Worldwide)***
Role Percentage
Engineering 47.4%
Sales & Marketing Support Group 46.1%
Finance, HR & Legal 4.4%
Business Functions 2.0%

*** Functional breakout does not include CEO in total.

Real Estate Portfolio

Last updated: March 31, 2015

Location Total Square Feet No. of Sites
Puget Sound 9,515,975 76
Other US 4,905,586 25
International 10,275,188 33
TOTAL: 24,696,749 134
Location Total Square Feet No. of Sites
Puget Sound 4,810,247 47
Other US 5,138,834 221
International 1,456,908 448
TOTAL: 11,405,989 716
Total Portfolio
Location Total Square Feet No. of Sites
Puget Sound 14,326,222 123
Other US 10,044,420 246
International 11,732,096 481
TOTAL: 36,102,738 850

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Microsoft refers to Microsoft Corp. and its affiliates, including Microsoft Mobile Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft. Microsoft Mobile Oy develops, manufactures and distributes Lumia and Asha and Nokia X mobile phones and other devices.