Top 10 Consumer Electronics Companies in the World 2016

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3. Microsoft

Microsoft the acronym of “microcomputer” and “software”, one the major technology stalwarts was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.


It is headquartered in Microsoft Redmond campus, Redmond, Washington, United States & this operating systems manufacturer employs close to 118,584 people. Some of the products and services from Microsoft include Windows OS series, Office, Servers, Skype, Visual Studio, Dynamics, Azure, Xbox, Surface, Mobile, MSN, Bing, OneDrive, MSDN, Outlook.com, TechNet and Xbox Live.

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The major business divisions include Windows Division, Server and Tools, Online Services Division, Business Division and Entertainment and Devices Division. Whether the latest version of Windows operating system Windows 10 can push Microsoft’s desktop business any further is questionable as market saturation has occurred even in developing economies. Global market share of Windows OS for phones is a meagre 1.1%, whereas the global market share of Windows OS for PCs is a dominant 53.71%. This goes on to depict that Microsoft is lagging way behind in the mobility segment despite the acquisition of Nokia, one of the major players in the mobile space.

Windows Phone holds only about 2% of mobile OS market share. And there’s a long ways to go certainly beyond 2019 before Microsoft can stand next to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. The global unit sales of Microsoft’s gaming console Xbox 360 is 0.93million units. 400 million active users subscribe to Outlook globally and ranks to be one of the robustly growing services for emails. 50 billion minutes worth of talk time happens through Microsoft acquired VoIP service SKYPE per month. Microsoft holds about 10000 patents and they obtains around 3000 patents every year. Some of the recent acquisitions by Microsoft include Teacher Gaming LLC – an Education Software, TouchType, Ltd, SwiftKey, a keyboard productivity application, Groove – a Music Discovery firm, Xamarin - Mobile application development and Solair – an Internet of Things Platform.

Sales Revenue: $93.58 billion

Profit: $12.19 billion