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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
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; opens first physical store in Scottsdale, Arizona
June 15, 2010 Microsoft launches general availability of Office 2010
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
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
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
Oct. 26, 2015 Microsoft opens flagship store in New York City
Nov. 12, 2015 Microsoft opens flagship store in Sydney, Australia
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 forms what is now the Technology + 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
Feb. 22, 2018 Microsoft opens new campus in Dublin, Ireland
May 15, 2018 Microsoft announces Surface Hub 2
May 16, 2018 Microsoft unveils Xbox Adaptive Controller
Aug. 2, 2018 Surface Go becomes available
Oct. 26, 2018 Microsoft completes GitHub acquisition
Jan. 16, 2019 Microsoft announces $500 million commitment to advance affordable housing in Puget Sound region
Feb. 24, 2019 Microsoft introduces HoloLens 2
July 11, 2019 Microsoft opens flagship store in London
Oct. 2, 2019 Microsoft announces five Surface products for late 2019, plus two new dual-screen devices, Surface Neo and Surface Duo, coming in late 2020
Dec. 12, 2019 Microsoft announces Xbox Series X, coming in late 2020
Jan. 16, 2020 Microsoft announces plan to become carbon negative by 2030
March 30, 2020 Microsoft introduces new Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions
April 15, 2020 Microsoft announces plan to help protect biodiversity of the world’s ecosystems
May 6, 2020 Microsoft introduces Surface Go 2, Surface Book 3, Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds
June 30, 2020 Microsoft commits to helping 25 million people acquire new digital skills
Sept. 21, 2020 Microsoft announces it will replenish more water than it consumes by 2030
Sept. 21, 2020 Microsoft announces plans to acquire ZeniMax Media and its game publisher, Bethesda Softworks
Oct. 1, 2020 Microsoft introduces Surface Laptop Go
Oct. 20, 2020 Microsoft introduces Azure Space
Jan. 11, 2021 Microsoft introduces Surface Pro 7+ for Business
Feb. 4, 2021 Microsoft introduces Microsoft Viva employee experience platform
Feb. 11, 2021 Microsoft announces plans to expand its presence in Atlanta
March 2, 2021 Microsoft introduces Microsoft Mesh mixed-reality platform
June 24, 2021 Microsoft introduces Windows 11
July 14, 2021 Microsoft unveils Windows 365
Nov. 9, 2021 Microsoft introduces Windows 11 SE to support the K-8 classroom
March 4, 2022 Microsoft completes acquisition of Nuance
Oct. 12, 2022 Microsoft introduces Surface Pro 9, Surface Laptop 5, Surface Studio 2+, Microsoft Designer and Image Creator
Jan. 18, 2023 Microsoft and OpenAI extend partnership
Feb. 7, 2023 Microsoft reinvents search with new AI-powered Bing and Edge
March 16, 2023 Microsoft introduces Microsoft 365 Copilot with next-generation AI
May 23, 2023 Microsoft introduces Windows Copilot
Sept. 21, 2023 Microsoft announces Microsoft Copilot, your everyday AI companion
Oct. 13, 2023 Microsoft completes acquisition of Activision Blizzard

As of Dec. 31, 2023

Board of Directors

Reid Hoffman Partner, Greylock Partners
Hugh Johnston Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company
Teri List Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gap, Inc.
Catherine MacGregor Chief Executive Officer, Engie
Mark Mason Chief Financial Officer, Citi
Satya Nadella Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Sandra E. Peterson Lead Independent Director, Microsoft Corporation
Penny Pritzker Founder and Chairman, PSP Partners
Carlos Rodriguez Former Chief Executive Officer, ADP, Inc.
Charles W. Scharf Chief Executive Officer and President, Wells Fargo & Company
John W. Stanton Chairman, Trilogy Partnerships
Emma Walmsley Chief Executive Officer, GSK

As of Jan. 31, 2024


Operation Centers


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

As of June 30, 2022

Microsoft Subsidiaries

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

As of Dec. 30, 2023 

Current employment headcount


Total Employees
International 101,000
United States 120,000
Worldwide 221,000

As of June 30, 2023

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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