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Group.png Microsoft  
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FounderBill Gates
HeadquartersMicrosoft Redmond campus, Redmond, Washington, U.S.
SubgroupsList of Microsoft subsidiaries
Interest ofBlackRock, Dominique Nora
Owner ofBing
Member ofAtlantic Council/Corporate Members, Centre for European Policy Studies/Corporate Members, Council on Foreign Relations/Corporate Members, Friends of Europe, Transatlantic Policy Network, World Economic Forum/Strategic Partners
Sponsor ofCenter for Global Development, Center for American Progress

Microsoft is a software company which has dominated the personal computer market for decades. A ruling in an antitrust law case decided to break-up the company,[1] which was overturned on appeal.[2]


Microsoft's flagship product is the operating system, Windows, which runs on the majority of personal computers worldwide.

Compaq legal battle

Microsoft threatened to cut off Compaq Computer's access to Windows 95 in 1997, because Compaq wanted to put the Netscape's browser icon on the desktop its Presario model rather than the Internet Explorer icon.[3][4]

Mass surveillance

Full article: Rated 3/5 Mass surveillance

Windows has been suspected of cooperating with the deep state at least as far back as the August 1999 discovery of _NSAKey, although Microsoft denied it at the time, stating that "The key in question is a Microsoft key. It is maintained and safeguarded by Microsoft, and we have not shared this key with the NSA or any other party."

Windows 10

After the Edward Snowden Affair, Microsoft and other tech companies appear to have become more brazen about data collection. Windows 10 contains in its Tems & Conditions the admission that “Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.[5]


Microsoft contractors have admitted to listening to users of XBoxes they "said that recordings were sometimes triggered and recorded by mistake".[6]


Microsoft clandestinely installed the NewsGuard app into the mobile version of the Edge web browsers to help users in assessing the trustworthiness of news.[7]

"Hate Speech"

On May 31, 2016, Microsoft agreed with Facebook, Google and Twitter to a European Union code of conduct obligating them to review "[the] majority of valid notifications for removal of illegal hate speech" posted on their services within 24 hours.[8]

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Platformization“So one of the things that these five companies have done kind of masterfully is create these platforms that startups have to use to get to customers. So they all own these cloud-storage services. So Amazon is an example. If you want to store your media online - so, for example, all the movies that you watch on Netflix are actually stored on Amazon servers - so every time you use Netflix, Netflix is kind of paying Amazon for that kind of storage.

Yeah. It's surprising, first of all, because they're such different companies. You wouldn't really know - you wouldn't really think that they would have that kind of connection. And then they're also competitors. Netflix makes original TV shows and so does Amazon. And so, you know, in this way, Netflix has this dependence on one of its competitors. There are lots of different examples of this though.

There - you know, all app makers have to put their apps in the Apple app store or the Google app store. And when they sell in those apps, 30 percent of that money goes to Apple or Google. They all have to advertise on Facebook or Google to get customers because that's become the way to advertise on digital platforms. And so any new app - Uber, Airbnb, Netflix, all the other sort of smaller companies online - have to go through these five to get to their customers. And what ends up happening is that other companies succeed, but always these five benefit off of that success.”
Farhad Manjoo26 October 2017