Microsoft: What is it, characteristics, history

We have all heard of Microsoft, surely you are reading this article on a Windows computer or using one of its products right now . It owes its success to excellent executive and innovation decisions. Next we will see its history in depth.

Index( )

  1. Who is the founder of Microsoft?
  2. What were the most important moments in Microsoft’s history?
  3. What services does the Microsoft company offer to all its users?
  4. What are the main characteristics that distinguish Microsoft as a company?
  5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using it as a leading technology service?
    1. Advantage
    2. Disadvantages
  6. What are the most competitive companies for Microsoft?
    1. Manzana
    2. Amazon
    3. Google

Who is the founder of Microsoft?

When talking about Microsoft, it is normal to associate only the name of Bill Gates, since he has practically been the face of this company, but the reality is that it was founded by two people, Bill Gates and Paul Allen , in early April 1975 in New Mexico, United States.

What were the most important moments in Microsoft’s history?

Some of the most relevant events in the history of Microsoft begin without a doubt from its creation in 1975, in New Mexico .

Five years later, in 1980, the company managed to buy a “QDOS” operating system created by Tim Paterson, which it acquired for a price of $ 50,000 and later sold to the IBM company as a renamed MS DOS operating system, at change of 50% of the profits obtained with each computer.

By 1985, the Microsoft company launched its operating system called Microsoft, but unfortunately it is not very successful in the market , since there were several competing at that time, for example, some of them are Atari TOS and the Amiga OS.

In 1992, version 3.1 of the Windows operating system achieves remarkable success against other systems such as Amiga OS 3.0 and Solaris 2.0, since in previous versions they had not reached the popularity they wanted with their system.

5 years later, in 1997 Microsoft launched Windows XP and two years later in 1999 Windows XP 64-bit is available for sale, changing a lot in its architecture to provide a more complete experience in its operating system.

For 2007 Microsoft surprised with its new Windows Vista, since it had a tool called War Machine that allowed you to recover the computer to a previous time, in the event of a serious system error or loss of important data.

In 2009 Windows 7 is available, which for many users was the best version until they launched Windows 10 in 2015 , since its previous version Windows 8 did not obtain the best results according to its users.

Currently, in 2021 it has launched its new Windows 11 OS, this aims to be the most secure OS to date . Its installation requirements force future motherboard manufacturers to use TPM encryption technology to be compatible.

What services does the Microsoft company offer to all its users?

Microsoft creates PC peripherals, updates and adds new features to the world’s most widely used computer operating system (Windows ) and has some online office automation applications.

These are email, an online file storage and editing service called OneDrive, the Office 365 tool , Microsoft Teams, and Micrososft Sharepoint.

It should be noted that another service pointed out as one of its strengths is its office package, which is equipped with writing tools , spreadsheets (Excel) and PowerPoint.

What are the main characteristics that distinguish Microsoft as a company?

Microsoft, being a pioneer in the development of services and technologies , separates it from its competitors, so much so that its reputation is worldwide.

Its most outstanding characteristic is that it is a company that is entirely dedicated to its users, this can be seen in the quality and continuous development of its products and services over time.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using it as a leading technology service?

One of the main advantages of using this technological service, and that by the way, is the main one, is that it has a history of approximately 30 years that supports the excellence and quality of the service that they enjoy today.


Over the years, this service has acquired a world-class reputation that is backed by its millions of users, being classified as an option above the average and the alternatives offered by the market.

It should be noted that, thanks to its innovative work, its standards are framed by the updating, variety and development of new technologies.

Last but not least the relationship between its quality and price standards, which are very accessible in the market .


For some people, the fact that the Microsoft company has rigorous policies regarding the modification of its products suggests a significant disadvantage, since they would not be able to adapt them to their specific requirements.

Another point that should be noted is the fact that Microsoft products require a constant update service , to stay technologically current, which is why the life of their products is short .

What are the most competitive companies for Microsoft?

As for the main companies that can stand out and what they mean (in different branches), a competition to be taken into account by the different areas that a company like Microsoft covers, we have:


Apple has been considered Microsoft’s main competition for some time, since it is dedicated to making its own software and hardware, in addition to the fact that its company is vigorously dedicated to the development of its technologies to offer its users exclusivity in its products .


Another of the companies that suggests competition at global levels is undoubtedly Amazon, since it is responsible for making its own brand software, although its strength is more related to cloud services .


In its beginnings, it began only as a content search engine on the internet , but thanks to the great success of its work, it was able to improve itself as a technology company and currently has a variety of devices and software of many types.

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