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Microsoft is one of the world's leading software companies. It was founded by Bill Gates, with the help of businessman Steve Ballmer in 1975. It has maintained its market dominance via aggressive mergers & acquisitions[1] of competitors, aggressive marketing & advertising tactics[2][3][4], a large asset & cash base, public & private investment, and a crack legal team of the world's finest attorneys[5][6] (both prosecutors and defense attorneys).



Microsoft's flagship Operating System.

MS Office

Microsoft's industry-leading Office Productivity software suite, with the following full-featured applications:

  1. Email Management tool (Outlook .msg)
  2. Text Editor/Processor (Word .doc)
  3. Spreadsheet & Graphing tool (Excel .xls)
  4. Presentation authoring/viewer (Powerpoint .ppt)
  5. Schematic/Diagramming (Visio .vsd)
  6. Reminders/TO-DO List (One Note)
  7. Project Management (MS-Project .mpp)[7]
  8. Marketing/Advertising Creation tool (Publisher)
  9. Image Editor/Processor (Picture Manager)

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Remote Desktop Protocol

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a proprietary technology from Microsoft which provides a GUI to connect to another computer visually (desktop to desktop) over a network connection. The user employs RDP client software for this purpose, while the other computer being connected to must run RDP server software.

Clients exist for most versions of Microsoft Windows (including Windows Mobile), Linux, Unix, macOS, iOS, Android, and other operating systems. RDP servers are built into Windows operating systems; an RDP server for Unix and OS X also exists. By default, the server listens on TCP & UDP via port 3389.

Microsoft currently refers to their official RDP client software as Remote Desktop Connection (formerly "Terminal Services Client"). The protocol is an extension of the "ITU-T T.128 application sharing protocol". Microsoft makes some specifications public on their website.

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See: XBox


The Zune was billed as Microsoft's personal media player device competitor to Apple's iPod and while it enjoyed a decent adoption and user-base at first[83][84], it was plagued with some minor technical issues[85][86][87][88] and user complaints and could never quite capture a significant enough market share. Microsoft ended investment into the Zune product line and halted all production in 2011[89][90][91]. The Zune store was shutdown in November, 2015[92][93][94].

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Business Software



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Microsoft Graph is the over-arching set of APIs & Web Services for accessing and interacting with data from Microsoft Office 365 and related Microsoft cloud-based products.


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Microsoft Search Network (commonly abbreviated MSN; also known as Windows Live Search) was the original name of Microsoft's major search engine offering.

In 2008, Microsoft purchased a number of search competitors such as Powerset[120][121] and formed a new search engine (more acurately, rolled it into an existing Beta project) called Bing.

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Windows Store

Windows Store is an app store for Microsoft Windows-based applications (from full-scale complex GUI applications to tiny utilities/widgets). Starting with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 these applications can be added as an alternative to traditional independent "non-reviewed" application download and/or purchase direct from third parties, and installation (typically via .exe or .msi and an "install wizard"). It has become the official and primary means of distributing Universal Windows Platform apps. Both free and paid apps can be distributed through Windows Store, with paid apps ranging in cost from US$0.99 to $999.99 and free apps potentially including advertising or additional third-party partner promotions within the app.


Sienna is a tool created with the intention to enable developers and power-users to quickly create "Windows Tile apps" which can then be listed on and downloaded from the Microsoft App Store.



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Microsoft has invested heavily in R&D around AI technologies over the years, their latest Azure service offerings are a culmination of this research.



Silverlight HVP




External Links


  1. wikipedia: List of mergers and acquisitions by Microsoft
  2. Microsoft & Seinfeld: FAIL:
  3. Not Funny -- Microsoft Cancels Seinfeld Ads:
  4. Microsoft FAIL watch:
  5. Microsoft Beefs Up Legal Team:
  6. Microsoft hires EU legal dream team for anti-trust aid - report:
  7. MPP Viewer:
  8. Office templates & themes:
  9. The Differences Between Microsoft Offices on Mac, Windows & iOS:
  10. Find and release quarantined messages as an end user:
  11. Quarantine email messages in Office 365:
  12. How to add and use voting button in Outlook?:
  13. Create polls in email messages and review the results:
  14. Change the appearance of your e-mail message:
  15. How to Add a Background Image to a Message in Outlook:
  16. Outlook -- Calendar - Change the temperature from Fahrenheit to Celsius:
  17. How to fix the wrong number of unread emails flag in Outlook?:
  18. How to Make Outlook Web Access Your Default Mail Client:
  19. Outlook Web App - How to display all unread messages, including subfolders?:
  20. How to Force Outlook to Spellcheck Emails Before They’re Sent:
  21. MS-DOC -- Word (.doc) Binary File Format:
  22. MS-DOCX -- Word Extensions to the Office Open XML (.docx) File Format:
  23. How to Format a Word Document:
  24. What Is a .DOCX File, and How Is It Different from a .DOC File in Microsoft Word?:
  25. Doc or Docx? Which Office Format to Use:
  26. What Is a DOCX File? :
  27. Vision 2010 SDK:
  28. A beginner's guide to Visio:
  29. Visio's Flowchart shapes explained:
  30. Create Visio Flowcharts Programmatically:
  31. Creating Subprocess Diagrams Programmatically in Visio 2010:
  32. Deleting Visio Shapes Programmatically:
  33. What's new in Visio 2016:
  34. Find more shapes and stencils:
  35. Microsoft - New Office Visio Stencil:
  36. Visio Café: (offers additional Stencils/Shapes)
  37. ShapeSource - stencils:
  38. SOA Diagrams - Visio stencil:
  39. VisioGuy's Templates & Drawings:
  40. Help Desk - Support Workflow Process example:
  41. DIA:
  42. CADE: (CADE is a compact but powerful 2D vector editor for Windows used to create diagrams, network diagrams, flowcharts, schemas, maps and so much more)
  43. 7 of the Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Visio:
  44. How to use Remote Desktop:
  45. Remote Desktop web client now generally available:
  46. Copying large files using Remote Desktop:
  47. Copying Files Over Remote Desktop: (files >2GB typically not allowed via Copy/Paste through clipboard)
  48. Remote Desktop - Allow access to your PC:
  49. Get started with the macOS client:
  50. How to show the Connection Bar in a Remote Desktop Session?: (use keyboard shortcut CTRL+ALC+HOME to toggle the bar being displayed or not)
  51. How to Hide the Connection Bar in Remote Desktop Connection (RDP):
  52. Microsoft Teams -- A cheat sheet:
  53. Homeworkers rejoice -- Microsoft Teams’ customized background feature hides distractions at the press of a button:
  54. Change your background for a Teams meeting:
  55. How to set your own custom background during Microsoft Teams video call:
  56. Share system audio in a Teams meeting or live event:
  57. How to Customize Your Background in Microsoft Teams Video Calls:
  58. (Teams') Coexistence with Skype for Business:
  59. Microsoft Teams .vs. Yammer - Which Communications Tool Should You Use?:
  60. Microsoft says it has delivered on its plan to bring Skype for Business features to Teams:
  61. Microsoft official blog - Skype for Business Online to Be Retired in 2021:
  62. Microsoft will drop Skype for Business Online on July 31, 2021:
  63. How to Reduce (and Disable) Background Noise in Microsoft Teams:
  64. Microsoft Teams is Replacing Skype for Business:
  65. Microsoft Teams is Replacing Skype for Business - Are you Ready?:
  66. The Future of Skype for Business - Moving Skype to Teams:
  67. Why Microsoft Teams is Killing Skype for Business (and How to Prepare):
  68. Forrester Total EconomicImpact™ Study -- Commissioned By Microsoft (April 2019) - The Total EconomicImpact™ Of Microsoft Teams:
  69. Teams and Skype interoperability:
  70. Understand Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business coexistence and interoperability:
  71. Migration and interoperability guidance for organizations using Teams together with Skype for Business:
  72. Transitioning from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams:
  73. Upgrade from Skype for Business Online to Teams:
  74. FAQ — Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams:
  75. Can I join external "Skype for Business" meeting with Teams?:
  76. Joining a Lync Meeting:
  77. How to Change Your Team Logo in Microsoft Teams:
  78. How to Configure Microsoft Teams Notifications:
  79. How to Recover a Deleted File From Microsoft Teams:
  80. How to Use Breakout Rooms in a Microsoft Teams Meeting:
  81. Introducing Confluence Cloud for Microsoft Teams (Available for Preview!):
  82. What Are Microsoft Teams Meeting Notes, and How Do You Use Them?:
  83. Microsoft Zune sales to top 1 million by June:
  84. Zune reaches 2m sales; flat versus iPod:
  85. Zune's Secret Shutdown Extends Battery Life:
  86. Microsoft Zune 30 Troubleshooting:
  87. CNet -- Zune HD review:
  88. CNet -- Zune review:
  89. Microsoft stops Zune production -- Music player replaced by Windows Phone:
  90. Microsoft discontinues Zune media player, shifts focus to Windows Phone:
  91. Microsoft employees say "Just kidding, Zune is alive and well... for now" (still expect services to be discontinued in next 3-5 years, most devices should work in standalone mode longer):
  92. Microsoft's Zune services wind down November 15th, 2015:
  93. Microsoft axing Zune Marketplace rentals and sales, recommends Xbox Video and Music:
  94. Microsoft - Zune Marketplace to shut down as early as Nov. 2015:
  95. “Contact Support” error message on your Zune player (after the 2015-11-15 Zune marketplace shutdown):
  96. Windows Phone 7 Series to give Zune much-needed boost:
  97. Microsoft’s Zune jams to new marketing beat:
  98. What's to become of Microsoft's answer to the iPod?:
  99. Microsoft halts sales of Band fitness trackers, says no new model in 2016:
  100. Microsoft - Why HoloLens?:
  101. HoloLens And Acer MR HMD Play Nice Together:,34482.html
  102. HoloLens and MR Device Dev Advisory Mar-2018:
  103. HoloLens MR Apps for Education:
  104. How to Revoke Third-Party Access to Your Microsoft Account: (used to be "Privacy --> Apps and services --> Apps" and "My Account --> Office Apps --> App Permissions" as of 2022-03-08)
  105. Calculating same store sales using DAX:
  106. How to Connect PowerBI with Azure DevOps and JIRA:
  107. Using Power BI with JSON Data Sources and Files:
  108. Extract data from JSON field with Power BI desktop:
  109. Import Multiple json File in Power Quer:
  110. Create Power BI Reports from JSON Data Exposed by REST Service:
  111. A Quick Guide to GeoJSONs in Power BI:
  112. Load multiple JSON files from folder, extract the required data fields:
  113. Load multiple files at a time:
  114. Windows Azure - Checking in on Microsoft's public cloud promises:
  115. What is Cortana?:
  116. New Microsoft Patent Shows Cortana Parsing Messages and Context:
  117. Microsoft bundles several of its Business Analytics services from Azure and adds a Cortana front-end:
  118. Microsoft To Shutter Cortana App In Some Countries Outside US:
  119. Microsoft Speeds Indexing, Makes Bing Content Submission API Available To All:
  120. Microsoft to Acquire Powerset:
  121. Ok, Now It’s Done. Microsoft To Acquire Powerset:
  122. Does Microsoft + Powerset Beat Google?:
  123. Microsoft Searches For Meaning In Powerset:
  124. Powerset and PARC Sign Exclusive Deal to Commercialize Breakthrough Search Engine Technology in Consumer Search:
  125. TechCrunch 40 Session 1: Search & Discovery:
  126. wikipedia: Microsoft Live Labs
  127. Made an MSN 7 server – anyone want to chat?:
  128. MSN - WuTang Clan name generator:
  129. Channel 9 - Tutorials on Sienna:
  130. Microsoft’s ‘Project Siena’ lets anyone create Windows 8.1 apps:
  131. Sienna tutorial - Build "Adventure Works" sample app:

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