Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational tech company based in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft develops, licenses, supports and sells computer software, electronics, and laptops. It came in with the development of a computer operating system by the name Microsoft Windows. It comprises systems like Microsoft Office suite, Internet Explorer that later advanced to Edge Web Browsers. In regards to the consumer-related items, the Xbox video game console and touchscreen laptops. Paul Allen and Bill Gates founded the company on April 4, 1975.
At that particular time, they were developing primary interpreters for the Altair 8800. Microsoft later came to spread its wings by dominating the personal computer domain. They started their campaign by developing MS-DOS in the mid-1980s. Microsoft Windows program then followed. This move enabled the firm to raise its initial public offering also increasing its share market price thus it employed over 12,000 employees in 1986. In 2000, Steve Ballmer replaced Bill Gates. He came in with a device and services ideology as compared to Gates service rendering method. This acquisition saw Microsoft manufacturing tablet computers and mobile devices through the giant company Nokia. In 2014, Satya Nadella took over as CEO and focused on cloud computing. The drastic move helped the company’s shares to skyrocket since December 1999.
Google is a multinational tech company that deals with Internet-related services. They provide a broad platform for search engines, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google as they pursued their PhD. At Stanford University. In August 2015, the company announced plans to regroup its interest in a pool named Alphabet Incorporation. Sundar Pichai was presented as Google CEO as Larry took over at Alphabet. The firm now produces a wide range of consumer products. Email services, search engines, language translation systems, cloud storage, to name a few are some of the products offered.
Microsoft and Google are fierce competitors as they offer similar products. At Microsoft since the takeover by Satya Nadella four years ago, its stock price has doubled. Currently, Microsoft is valued at 753 billion dollars while Alphabet stands at 739 billion dollars. The verge explains further. Nadella focused on cross-platform techs, cloud storage, artificial intelligence with the aim of developing quantum computing and mixed reality headsets.