Top 10 Consumer Electronics Companies in the World 2017

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3.Microsoft

Microsoft is a Technology and consumer electronics giant based in Redmond, Washington in U.S.A.


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Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4th, 1975, in the form of a joint venture between the two partners. Microsoft aims to enable and empower people and organizations to achieve better, and it does this by offering to its customers a plethora of services and products such as software products, servers, Operationg Systems, business solution applications , video games etc to customers across the world.

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This fact is evident from the fact that 44% of Microsoft’s products are sold directly to the end user. The first major product to be released by Microsoft was the MS Basic in 1977. This was followed by the release of two major coding languages, FORTRAN and COBOL, in 1978. Microsoft also worked closely with Apple during the release of the Macintosh. Taking inspiration from this concept of Graphic User Interface, Microsoft came up with the Windows operating system in 1985.  The manufacturing of CD -Roms was started in 1987, and Microsoft also made the strategic decision to acquire Forethought which would later be rechristened as Powerpoint. Subsequent years saw the launch of more operating systems such as Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP etc. right up to the recent release of Windows 10.

Meanwhile, Microsoft also started the production of consumer electronics products such as the Xbox video game consoles, a range of tablet PCs and a range of portable media devices called the Zune, which was intended to beat Apple at sales occurring in this segment.Microsoft has also acquired other firms such as Visio Corp (2000), Skype (2011), LinkedIn (2016) to enable itself to diversify across a variety of sectors.

Today, Microsoft is spread over the globe in over 190 countries, and has a market capital of $407 billion. The major competitors of the organization are HP, Apple, IBM and Sun Microsystems. Satya Nadella is the current CEO of the Microsoft.

(Considering Electronics Data only)

Revenue (USD) : 20.53 Billion

Profit (USD) : 12.5 Billion



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