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12/11/1975 Firm officially begins using the "Microsoft" tradename

The Microsoft trade name was given to the firm in order to identify computer programs for use in automatic data processing systems, pre-programing processing systems, and data processing services including computer programming services.


  • Essentials 

  • 1975–1985: The founding of Microsoft 

  • 1985–1994: Windows and Office 

  • 1995–2007: Foray into the Web, Windows 95, Windows XP, and Xbox 

  • 2007–2011: Microsoft Azure, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Microsoft Stores 

  • 2011–2014: Windows 8, Xbox One, Outlook.com, and Surface devices 

  • 2014–present: Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft Edge and HoloLens