Profile: Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)
20 Oct 2016
Microsoft Corporation, incorporated on September 22, 1993, is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses and supports a range of software products, services and devices. Its segments are Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing. Its products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers. The Company also designs, manufactures and sells devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories, which integrate with its cloud-based offerings. The Company offers an array of services, including cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content, and the Company provides solution support and consulting services. The Company also delivers relevant online advertising to a global audience. As of June 30, 2016, the Company operated in 190 countries throughout the world.
The Company has operations centers that support all operations in their regions, including customer contract and order processing, credit and collections, information processing, and vendor management and logistics. The regional center in Ireland supports the European, Middle Eastern, and African region; the center in Singapore supports the Japan, India, Greater China, and Asia-Pacific region; and the centers in Fargo, North Dakota, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Puerto Rico, Redmond, Washington, and Reno, Nevada support Latin America and North America. In addition to the operations centers, the Company also operates datacenters throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia. The Company operates manufacturing facilities for the production and customization of phones, predominantly in Vietnam. Its customers include individual consumers, small- and medium-sized organizations, global enterprises, public sector institutions, Internet service providers, application developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Productivity and Business Processes
The Company's Productivity and Business Processes segment consists of products and services in its portfolio of productivity, communication, and information services, spanning a range of devices and platforms. This segment primarily comprises office commercial, including volume licensing and subscriptions to Office 365 commercial for products and services, such as Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); office consumer, including Office sold through retail or through an Office 365 consumer subscription, and office consumer services, including Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive, and Dynamics business solutions, including Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) products, Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) on-premises, and Dynamics CRM Online. Office 365 is its cloud-based service that provides access to Office plus other productivity services. CALs provide access rights to certain Office Commercial products and services, including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Skype is designed to connect friends, family, clients, and colleagues through a range of devices. Dynamics provides business solutions for financial management, CRM, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of global enterprises.
The Company's Intelligent Cloud segment consists of its public, private, and hybrid server products and cloud services. This segment primarily comprises server products and cloud services, including structured query language (SQL) Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, and Enterprise Services, including Support Services and Microsoft Consulting Services. The Company also licenses standalone and software development lifecycle tools for software architects, developers, testers, and project managers. CALs provide access rights to certain server products, including SQL Server and Windows Server. Azure is a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management, along with services, such as analytics, and solutions, such as Enterprise Mobility Suite. Enterprise Services assist customers in developing, deploying and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, and provide training and certification to developers and information technology (IT) professionals on various Microsoft products.
More Personal Computing
The Company's More Personal Computing segment consists of products and services geared towards harmonizing the interests of end users, developers, and IT professionals across screens of all sizes. This segment primarily comprises Windows, including Windows OEM licensing (Windows OEM) and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, volume licensing of the Windows operating system, patent licensing, Windows Embedded, and Windows Phone licensing; Devices, including Microsoft Surface (Surface), phones, and PC accessories; Gaming, including Xbox hardware; Xbox Live, comprising transactions, subscriptions, and advertising; video games and third-party video game royalties, and Search advertising. The Company designs, manufactures, and sells devices, such as Surface, phones, and other intelligent devices, as well as PC accessories. Its devices are designed to enable people and organizations to connect to the people and content using integrated Microsoft services and Windows.
The Company's gaming platform is designed to provide a range of entertainment through the use of its devices, peripherals, applications, online services, and content. Xbox Live enables people to connect and share online gaming experiences and is accessible on Xbox consoles, Windows-enabled devices, and other devices. Xbox Live services consist of subscriptions and sales of Xbox Live enabled content, as well as advertising. The Company also designs and sells gaming content to showcase its platform capabilities for Xbox consoles, Windows-enabled devices, and other devices. Search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads, is designed to deliver relevant online advertising to a global audience. The Company has several partnerships with other companies, including Yahoo!, in which the Company provides and monetizes search results.
The Company competes with Adobe Systems, Apple, Cisco Systems, Facebook, Google, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Infor, The Sage Group, NetSuite, Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, CA Technologies, BMC, VMware, Amazon, Salesforce.com, Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard.
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