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Corporate Address
Important Dates
Board of Directors
Microsoft Business Organization
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
May 5, 2015 Microsoft releases Surface 3
July 29, 2015 Microsoft launches Windows 10
Sept. 22, 2015 Microsoft launches Office 2016
Oct. 6, 2015 Microsoft announces Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and Lumia 95 XL
Jan. 19, 2016 Microsoft Philanthropies announces $1B in donations putting Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good
June 1, 2016 Microsoft launches SQL Server 2016
July 6, 2016 Microsoft introduces Microsoft Dynamics 365
Sept. 29, 2016 Microsoft announces formation of new AI and Research Group
Oct. 18, 2016 Microsoft researchers achieve human parity in conversational speech recognition
Oct. 26, 2016 Microsoft introduces Surface Studio, Surface Dial, new Surface Book and Windows 10 Creators Update
Dec. 8, 2016 Microsoft completes acquisition of LinkedIn
March 7, 2017 Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2017
March 17, 2017 Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 customers worldwide
May 2, 2017 Microsoft introduces new technology for education, including Windows 10 S, new Surface Laptop and Microsoft Teams for classrooms
May 23, 2017 Microsoft announces Windows 10 China Government Edition and the new Surface Pro
June 14, 2017 Surface Laptop and new Surface Pro available in 25 markets worldwide
Sept. 21, 2017 Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius complete “Marea,” the highest-capacity subsea cable to cross the Atlantic Ocean
Oct. 17, 2017 Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Mixed Reality Headsets become available; Surface Book 2 announced
Nov. 6, 2017 Microsoft launches Xbox One X
Nov. 28, 2017 Microsoft announces major Redmond campus renovation
Dec. 5, 2017 Microsoft breaks ground on new sustainable Silicon Valley campus

Board of Directors

William H. Gates III Founder and Technology Advisor, Microsoft Corporation
Reid Hoffman Partner, Greylock Partners
Hugh Johnston Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.
Teri L. List-Stoll Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gap, Inc.
G. Mason Morfit President and Chief Investment Officer, 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
Sandra E. Peterson Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
Charles W. Scharf Chief Executive Officer, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
John W. Stanton Chairman, Trilogy Equity Partners
John W. Thompson Chairman, Microsoft Corporation
Padmasree Warrior Chief Development Officer and US Chief Executive Officer, NIO USA, Inc.

As of Sept. 30, 2017

Microsoft Business Organization

Last updated: December 31, 2016

Engineering Groups:
  • Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group
    Scott Guthrie is the leader of the Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group, which is responsible for the company’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, CRM, ERP, management and development tools businesses. His engineering team builds Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics, Active Directory, System Center, Visual Studio and .NET.
  • Office Product Group
    Rajesh Jha leads Microsoft’s business across productivity, communications, education, search and other information services, setting the vision, strategy and overall direction of the Applications and Services group, and is responsible for all of the research and development teams across Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, Lync, Skype, Bing, Bing Apps, MSN and the Advertising platforms and business group.
  • Windows and Devices Group
    Terry Myerson leads this group, which focuses on the software platform, apps, games, store and devices that power the Windows ecosystem, including Microsoft Edge, Minecraft, Halo, Surface, Surface Hub, HoloLens and Xbox.
  • 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.
  • Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs
    Brad Smith leads as president and chief legal officer. His teams are responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, corporate philanthropy, government affairs, public policy, corporate governance, and social responsibility work. His teams also lead the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others.
  • Corporate Strategy & Planning
    Kurt DelBene is the executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Operations, leading the company’s cross-engineering and cross-business strategy, execution and planning initiatives as well as Microsoft’s IT and operations.
  • Finance Group
    Amy Hood leads all product group finance organizations.
  • Global Sales, Marketing and Operations
    Jean-Philippe Courtois leads global sales, marketing and services for 122 subsidiaries worldwide, driving strategic planning, running global operations and shaping growth initiatives both in developed and emerging markets.
  • HR Group
    Kathleen Hogan leads Human Resources, responsible for pushing the company’s cultural transformation forward so it can thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.
  • LinkedIn
    Jeff Weiner leads LinkedIn, the world’s largest and most powerful network of professionals.
  • Marketing Group
    Chris Capossela leads Microsoft’s worldwide marketing and consumer business. This includes advertising, brand, communications, research as well as Microsoft’s retail stores.
  • Worldwide Commercial Business
    Judson Althoff leads the Worldwide Commercial Business organization, including enterprise, public sector, small and mid-market, services, developer and partner.

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


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 Myanmar Namibia
Brunei Hungary Namibia Thailand
Bulgaria Iceland Netherlands Trinidad & Tobago
Cambodia India New Zealand Tunisia
Cameroon Indonesia Nigeria Turkey
Canada Iraq Norway Turkmenistan
Cayman Islands Ireland Oman Uganda
Chile Isle of Man Pakistan Ukraine
China Israel Panama United Arab Emirates
Colombia Italy Paraguay United Kingdom
Congo Jamaica Peru United States
Costa Rica Japan Philippines Uruguay
Côte d’Ivoire Jordan Poland Venezuela
Croatia Kazakhstan Portugal Vietnam
Kenya Puerto Rico  Zimbabwe

As of Dec. 31, 2017

Revenue and Headcount

Last updated: June 30, 2017

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, 2017 124,293 $89.50B 5% $21.20B 26%
June 30, 2016 114,074 $85.32B -9% $16.79B 38%
June 30, 2015 117,354 $93.58B 8% $12.19B -45%
June 30, 2014 128,076 $86.83B 12% $22.07B 1%
June 30, 2013 99,139 $77.85B 6% $21.86B 29%
June 30, 2012 94,290 $73.72B 5% $16.98B -27%
June 30, 2011 90,412 $69.94B 12% $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%

Employment Information

Current Employment Headcount
Location Employees
Worldwide 126,079
USA 74,530
Puget Sound (Washington State) 47,113
Functional Breakout (Worldwide)
Role Percentage
Engineering 40.3%
Global Sales M&O 17.5%
Worldwide Commercial Business 17.7%
LinkedIn 9.0%
Business Functions 6.8%
Finance, HR & Legal 5.2%
WW Ops IT & Strategy 3.5%
CTO LinkedIn 0.0%

As of Dec. 31, 2017

Functional breakout does not include CEO in total.

Additional information and details about the demographics of our workforce can be found on the Microsoft Global Diversity & Inclusion site.

Real Estate Portfolio

For real estate information, refer to the 10-K filing on the Investor Relations website.

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