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Founded in 1975 by Paul Allen and Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation is the largest and most influential company in the personal computer industry. In addition to developing the de facto standard operating systems - DOS and Windows - Microsoft has a strong presence in almost every area of computer software, from programming tools to end-user applications.

In recent years, Microsoft has broadened its product categories to include different types of media, such as CD-ROMs and it's TV news network (together with NBC) called MSNBC. In the mid-90s, Microsoft was caught somewhat by surprise by the sudden explosion of the Internet, but it quickly re-created itself to make the Internet the core element of its product line. Most observers were amazed by how quickly such a large company could adapt.

Many people have criticized Microsoft for monopolistic policies and it has been investigated several times by the U.S. Justice Department. Currently, it is in a fierce battle with Netscape Communications and other companies for control of the corporate desktop. Microsoft wants Windows to retain its role as the standard operating system for PCs, whereas Netscape and some of its allies, such as Sun Microsystems, would like to see Windows give way to a new model of computing in which PCs run small Java applets locally, with the bulk of the operating system functionality performed by Internet servers.



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Outstanding Page Microsoft home page
The Microsoft home page hosts a collection of company news articles, as well as links to product information, training, support, free software, events, and company information. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Microsoft certification resource page
Provides numerous resources for people studying for Microsoft Certified Professional exams. Includes a Java based chat room, practice tests, exam resources, and the online version of Microsoft'sCertified Professional magazine. Updated on Jul 9, 1998

  Microsoft Research
Home page for the computer science research organization of Microsoft Corporation. Contains links to research areas, technical reports, news, researchers, and free demos of research projects and downloadable files of interest.

  Microsoft SDK's online
Contains the documentation for the Platform Software Development Kit (SDK). This documentation describes the application programming interfaces (API) needed to write applications for the Microsoft platform. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  Microsoft software articles and links
Contains timely articles and overviews about Microsoft software. Includes related links and a resource list for specific software products. Updated on May 2, 1998

  Microsoft training and certification program site
Provides information on Microsoft's training and certification programs as well as links to course catalogs, FAQs, self-paced software, and news. Updated on Jun 29, 1998

  ZD Net Microsoft articles
This page hosts a collection of news articles related to Microsoft. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

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