Microsoft
Microsoft
1975
Microsoft founded
1975
Jan. 1, 1979
Microsoft moves from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Bellevue, Washington
Jan. 1, 1979
June 25, 1981
Microsoft incorporates
June 25, 1981
Aug. 12, 1981
IBM introduces its personal computer with Microsoft’s 16-bit operating system, MS-DOS 1.0
Aug. 12, 1981
Feb. 26, 1986
Microsoft moves to corporate campus in Redmond, Washington
Feb. 26, 1986
March 13, 1986
Microsoft stock goes public
March 13, 1986
Aug. 1, 1989
Microsoft introduces earliest version of Office suite of productivity applications
Aug. 1, 1989
May 22, 1990
Microsoft launches Windows 3.0
May 22, 1990
Aug. 24, 1995
Microsoft launches Windows 95
Aug. 24, 1995
Dec. 7, 1995
Bill Gates outlines Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and enhancing the Internet
Dec. 7, 1995
June 25, 1998
Microsoft launches Windows 98
June 25, 1998
Jan. 13, 2000
Steve Ballmer named president and chief executive officer for Microsoft
Jan. 13, 2000
Feb. 17, 2000
Microsoft launches Windows 2000
Feb. 17, 2000
June 22, 2000
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer outline Microsoft’s .NET strategy for Web services
June 22, 2000
May 31, 2001
Microsoft launches Office XP
May 31, 2001
Oct. 25, 2001
Microsoft launches Windows XP
Oct. 25, 2001
Nov. 15, 2001
Microsoft launches Xbox
Nov. 15, 2001
Jan. 15, 2002
Bill Gates outlines Microsoft’s commitment to Trustworthy Computing
Jan. 15, 2002
April 24, 2003
Microsoft launches Windows Server 2003
April 24, 2003
Oct. 21, 2003
Microsoft launches Microsoft Office System
Oct. 21, 2003
July 20, 2004
Microsoft announces plans to return up to $75 billion to shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks
July 20, 2004
Nov. 22, 2005
Microsoft launches Xbox 360
Nov. 22, 2005
July 20, 2006
Microsoft announces a new US$20 billion tender offer and authorizes an additional share-repurchase program of up to $20 billion over five years
July 20, 2006
Jan. 30, 2007
Microsoft launches Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System to consumers worldwide
Jan. 30, 2007
Feb. 27, 2008
Microsoft launches Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008
Feb. 27, 2008
June 27, 2008
Bill Gates transitions from his day-to-day role at Microsoft to spend more time on his work at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
June 27, 2008
June 3, 2009
Microsoft launches Bing decision engine
June 3, 2009
Oct. 22, 2009
Microsoft launches Windows 7; opens first physical store in Scottsdale, Arizona
Oct. 22, 2009
June 15, 2010
Microsoft launches general availability of Office 2010
June 15, 2010
Nov. 10, 2010
Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7
Nov. 10, 2010
Nov. 17, 2010
Microsoft announces availability of Microsoft Lync
Nov. 17, 2010
June 28, 2011
Microsoft launches Office 365
June 28, 2011
Oct. 13, 2011
Microsoft closes its acquisition of Skype
Oct. 13, 2011
June 25, 2012
Microsoft acquires Yammer
June 25, 2012
Sept. 4, 2012
Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012
Sept. 4, 2012
Sept. 12, 2012
Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2012
Sept. 12, 2012
Oct. 18, 2012
Microsoft employee giving tops US$1 billion
Oct. 18, 2012
Oct. 23, 2012
Microsoft introduces new entertainment experience from Xbox
Oct. 23, 2012
Oct. 26, 2012
Microsoft launches Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface
Oct. 26, 2012
Jan. 29, 2013
Microsoft launches Office 2013, expands Office 365
Jan. 29, 2013
Feb. 18, 2013
Microsoft launches Outlook.com
Feb. 18, 2013
May 21, 2013
Microsoft unveils Xbox One
May 21, 2013
July 11, 2013
“Microsoft One” reorganization realigns company to enable innovation at great speed, efficiency
July 11, 2013
Sept. 3, 2013
Microsoft announces decision to acquire Nokia’s devices and services business, license Nokia’s patents and mapping services
Sept. 3, 2013
Oct. 17, 2013
Microsoft launches Windows 8.1
Oct. 17, 2013
Oct. 22, 2013
Microsoft launches Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
Oct. 22, 2013
Nov. 22, 2013
Microsoft launches Xbox One
Nov. 22, 2013
Feb. 4, 2014
Satya Nadella named chief executive officer for Microsoft
Feb. 4, 2014
March 27, 2014
Microsoft launches Office for iPad
March 27, 2014
April 25, 2014
Microsoft completes acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services business
April 25, 2014
June 20, 2014
Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3
June 20, 2014
Sept. 15, 2014
Minecraft to join Microsoft announcement
Sept. 15, 2014
Nov. 6, 2014
Microsoft announces Office apps for Android tablets
Nov. 6, 2014
May 5, 2015
Microsoft releases Surface 3
May 5, 2015
July 29, 2015
Microsoft launches Windows 10
July 29, 2015
Sept. 22, 2015
Microsoft launches Office 2016
Sept. 22, 2015
Oct. 6, 2015
Microsoft announces Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and Lumia 95 XL
Oct. 6, 2015
Oct. 26, 2015
Microsoft opens flagship store in New York City
Oct. 26, 2015
Nov. 12, 2015
Microsoft opens flagship store in Sydney, Australia
Nov. 12, 2015
Jan. 19, 2016
Microsoft Philanthropies announces $1B in donations putting Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good
Jan. 19, 2016
June 1, 2016
Microsoft launches SQL Server 2016
June 1, 2016
July 6, 2016
Microsoft introduces Microsoft Dynamics 365
July 6, 2016
Sept. 29, 2016
Microsoft announces formation of new AI and Research Group
Sept. 29, 2016
Oct. 18, 2016
Microsoft researchers achieve human parity in conversational speech recognition
Oct. 18, 2016
Oct. 26, 2016
Microsoft introduces Surface Studio, Surface Dial, new Surface Book and Windows 10 Creators Update
Oct. 26, 2016
Dec. 8, 2016
Microsoft completes acquisition of LinkedIn
Dec. 8, 2016
March 7, 2017
Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2017
March 7, 2017
March 17, 2017
Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 customers worldwide
March 17, 2017
May 2, 2017
Microsoft introduces new technology for education, including Windows 10 S, new Surface Laptop and Microsoft Teams for classrooms
May 2, 2017
May 23, 2017
Microsoft announces Windows 10 China Government Edition and the new Surface Pro
May 23, 2017
June 14, 2017
Surface Laptop and new Surface Pro available in 25 markets worldwide
June 14, 2017
Sept. 21, 2017
Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius complete “Marea,” the highest-capacity subsea cable to cross the Atlantic Ocean
Sept. 21, 2017
Oct. 17, 2017
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Mixed Reality Headsets become available; Surface Book 2 announced
Oct. 17, 2017
Nov. 6, 2017
Microsoft launches Xbox One X
Nov. 6, 2017
Nov. 28, 2017
Microsoft announces major Redmond campus renovation
Nov. 28, 2017
Dec. 5, 2017
Microsoft breaks ground on new sustainable Silicon Valley campus
Dec. 5, 2017
Feb. 22, 2018
Microsoft opens new campus in Dublin, Ireland
Feb. 22, 2018
May 15, 2018
Microsoft announces Surface Hub 2
May 15, 2018
May 16, 2018
Microsoft unveils Xbox Adaptive Controller
May 16, 2018
Aug. 2, 2018
Surface Go becomes available
Aug. 2, 2018
Oct. 26, 2018
Microsoft completes GitHub acquisition
Oct. 26, 2018
Jan. 16, 2019
Microsoft announces $500 million commitment to advance affordable housing in Puget Sound region
Jan. 16, 2019
Feb. 24, 2019
Microsoft introduces HoloLens 2
Feb. 24, 2019
July 11, 2019
Microsoft opens flagship store in London
July 11, 2019