Microsoft Corporation (also known as Microsoft) headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States is a multinational technology company. The name “Microsoft” is a frankenword of “microcomputer” and “software”. Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, applications, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Microsoft’s most recognized software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Edge & Internet Explorer web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Microsoft Surface lineup of touchscreen personal computers and the Xbox video game consoles. The company also publishes multimedia titles, books and offers e-mail services, produces its own line of hybrid tablet computers, and sells computer peripherals (input/output devices) and electronic game systems.
Microsoft is one of the world’s most valuable companies and the world’s largest software developer measured by revenues. It is acknowledged as one of the Big Five companies in the U.S. information technology industry, along with Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.