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Microsoft: An Overview
An overview of Microsoft; its history, growth and challenges.
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This paper describes the company Microsoft - explaining how it started and the competition it has met in the industry. It explains the different divisions within the company and the challenges that Microsoft has met over the years. It concludes with some recommendations for the future.

The Industry
Potential Ethical Situation
Impact of Increased Sales

From the Paper:

''The company began life as Micro-soft, a small company that wrote code for the Altair microcomputer in 1975. By 1980, the company was developing languages for IBM, when chance led them to the opportunity to develop an operating system for the company. Further software developments in this period included the company's first word processing software. By 1984, Microsoft was the leading developer of applications for Apple, and revenues had reached $100 million. This was followed by the development of the Windows operating system, which was supported by a wide range of manufacturers, but neither Apple nor IBM. In 1986 the company established its corporate campus in Redmond, WA and set the stage for long-lasting strong growth with an IPO. In 1990, the company became the first software producers to hit the $1 billion mark in revenues. The company has continued rapid growth since then, expanding on previous businesses, achieving dominance in operating systems, and launching its video game endeavor.
''The software industry is characterized by short product cycles, high development costs and non-traditional distribution channels.''

Sample of Sources Used:

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