Microsoft (MSFT)

History of the Company

Microsoft is one of the leading computer technology companies in the world. Microsoft is known for its Windows operating system, which is used on more computers in the world than any other operating system. Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to develop their early operating system for the relatively new personal computing market. 

By 1980, the Microsoft operating system was being bundled with IBM personal computers. In the 1990s, the various versions of Windows dominated the PC market. The Windows 95 interface, complete with the innovative Start button, quickly gained popularity with PC users. Microsoft then began to branch out into other markets. The MSNBC cable news network, XBOX video game system, smart phones, and tablets are just a few of its innovations over the years. 

Trading Microsoft: What You Need to Know

  • Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) trades on the NASDAQ exchange, and appears on three indices: the Dow, NASDAQ, and Dow Composite. Shares reached a high of $180 per share in 1999.  
  • Analysts recommend Microsoft stock as a long-term buy, predicting continued steady growth and high dividends. 
  • Microsoft is currently the number 2 company for cloud computing development (Amazon is number 1). With the future of technology firmly anchored in cloud solutions, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft is able to take the lead and solidify their market share in the cloud. 

While Microsoft is a less volatile stock than many of the others in the technology sector, it remains a strong choice for anyone looking for a long-term investment. It remains to be seen how Microsoft will adapt to the shift to cloud computing, and how it will maintain its edge against companies like Google and Amazon.

Anyone who wants to trade Microsoft should carefully analyze the market conditions before trading.

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