A Collection of Resources To Tell The Story of Microsoft
April 4th, 1975 was the day Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The birth of a soon to be a software giant and one of the most influential companies in software development.
I’m sure Bill & Paul had no idea at the time of the successful Microsoft would be and the effect it would have on people’s lives.
In its humble beginnings, the main activities were to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. The first breakthrough was MS-DOS (Disk Operating System) this was a system that allowed you to access and manage files as well as run programs on a personal computer.
Bill Gates made a deal with IBM to supply them with the operating system that would run the IBM PC and that was the breakthrough Microsoft needed to become dominant in the marketplace.
The second breakthrough was the release of Microsoft Windows along with its Office suite that is used by businesses, professionals, and personal users around the world.
Today Microsoft remains a leader in the software realm and still growing.
Microsoft did miss the boat when it came to the web and its search engine now called Bing with around 14% Market share which could have been a lot stronger if it would have positioned it’s self a lot quicker during the early days of the web.
For the complete story of Microsoft and the latest information related to this huge success story see the sections below for the resources that reveal the full story.
The History of Microsoft
A company’s history is interesting. You can learn when the company was established, its original operations and how it’s changed since the startup phase as well as the challenges the company may have faced.
The Microsoft Mission Statement
A mission statement helps a company stay on track and focus on its goals, culture and ensures everyone is on the same page.
A mission statement is for company employees as well as the public. It’s usually a broad description of the company’s focus and activities.
A company’s mission statement is the company’s public face, and it is commonly used in marketing materials.
Below are the resources I have included related the mission statement for Microsoft
In this section, you can view the goals set by the company. Goals are important to help management stay on track and work to achieve the set goals.
Below you’ll see the resources I have found related to the organization’s goals.
Strategies Used By Microsoft
In this section, can gain an idea of the strategist used by the company. The strategy a company uses can the difference between success and failure, a mediocre business or a huge success story.
Below you’ll see the resources included related to business strategies used by Microsoft
Facts About Microsoft
You’ll find facts about the company that may or may not be known to the general public. Have a look at the resources below included in this post related to Microsoft facts
The Impact Microsoft Had on The Software Industry & The World?
This section focuses on the impact Microsoft has made on the software industry and the world, whether it is positive or negative. It’s interesting to see how a company can make a change on our lives.
This section focuses on the people that started the company. You can gain insights on their goals, ideas, foresight, and where they started compared to where the company is today.
Have a look at the following resources included in this post related to Microsoft founders.
In the executive section, you’ll find information related to the management of Microsoft. Management decisions play an important role in a company’s success. It’s not luck that makes a company successful, but planning, strategy, and leadership.
Below are resources related to the executives of Microsoft.
Microsoft Reports And Financial Statements
In this section, you can find out information such as the company’s profits, losses, net worth, liabilities, shares, owner’s equity, etc. that is available to the general public.
Have a look at the resources included below.
Microsoft Employee Relations
In this section, you can find resources related to the number of employees Microsoft employs as well as other useful employee information such as job satisfaction and labor relations, etc.
Microsoft Divisions And Subsidiaries
The division of a company is a part of a business entity. In other words, even if a division operates under a different name it’s still part of the entity.
A subsidiary is an entirely different company, it is separate and usually owned by a larger company.
Have a look at the resources for Microsoft subsidiaries and Divisions.
Microsoft Ownership & Investors
In this section, you’ll find resources related to the ownership, investors, and shares related to Microsoft. Below you’ll find the resources I have included for this post.
The Main Competitors of Microsoft
This section focuses on direct and indirect competition for Microsoft. Below you can browse through the resources related to the main competition for Microsoft.
This section focuses on the customers Microsoft is targeting. Targeting the right customers is an essential part of marketing a successful business. Failure to target the right customers is a recipe for disaster when it comes to business.
Target Market & Marketing Strategies
This section focuses on the target market and the marketing strategies used. Just as above targeting is an important process and without it your focus will be too broad and you won’t be able to zero in on the right marketing techniques.
The marketing strategy used can make or break a business. The right strategy can make a company millions while a poor marketing strategy can end up in disaster.
The Economic Impact of Microsoft
This section focuses on how Microsoft has affected the economy locally or globally. A company that can impact an economy is one to note.
See the following resources related to the impact Microsoft has on the economy.
Products & Services Offered By Microsoft
This section offer resources related to core products and services offered by Microsoft. Many large corporations have a large variety of products and services. Some companies are so large and complex that they deal in a variety of industries that operate on a global level, which is known as conglomerates.
Have a look at the resources below for products and services offered by Microsoft.
The Reputation of Microsoft
In the resources below, you’ll find information on the reputation of Microsoft. You’ll get insights as to how the company is viewed by the general public.
In this section, you can go through the resources to view the complaints, whether the complaints lead to a lawsuit or a viral rant, have a look at the complaints people have against Microsoft.
Companies go through many phases, some are successful and some are miserable failures. Even though a company has failures, it’s a learning experience for management as well as other people.
Below are the resources I have included for this post related to Microsoft failures.
Inside The Success of Microsoft
It’s interesting to study the successes. Sometimes a small idea can lead to great success. At times sticking to core values and applying them to your strategy pays off and at other times being bold and taking chances to turn into huge success stories.
Having a long-term vision and planning while making adjustments along the way can are a driving force to creating a successful business.
Have a look at the resources I have included in this post related to the success of Microsoft.
Books Related to Microsoft
Some companies are so successful or a miserable failure and have many lessons to learn from that people have written books related to the rise and fall of companies.
Have a look at the links below to view the books available related to Microsoft
The Latest About Microsoft
In this section, you’ll be able to stay up to date on the latest information related to Microsoft including the latest news, Google searches, videos, what people are tweeting, and more.
I recommend spending some time on the news, tweets, that can offer up-to-the-minute information about Microsoft.