Microsoft is an international computer technology corporation with
2005 global sales of US$42.64 billion and more than 63,000 employees
in 102 countries and regions that develop, manufacture, license, and
support a wide range of software products for computing devices.
Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, its most popular products
are the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office
suite of productivity software, each of which has achieved near
ubiquity in the desktop computer market. Microsoft possesses
in other markets, with assets such as the MSNBC cable television
network, the MSN Internet portal, and the Microsoft Encarta
encyclopedia. The company also markets both computer hardware
such as the Microsoft mouse, as well as home entertainment products
such as the Xbox, the Xbox 360, and MSN TV.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Flemish infantry successfully halted a French invasion near Kortrijk
in the Battle of the Golden Spurs.
French Revolution: Jacques Necker was dismissed as Director-General
of Finances and ordered to leave France at once.
In Weehawken, New Jersey, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander
Hamilton was fatally wounded in a duel with Vice President Aaron
Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro published a hypothesis on the
molecular content of gases, now known as Avogadro's law.
Prince Karim El Husseni succeeded Sultan Mahommed Shah as the Aga
Khan, becoming the 49th Imam of the Shi'a Ismaili Muslims.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to
preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." -- John