Microsoft: key facts

Company employs 2000 in Republic

This is the biggest acquisition made by Microsoft, which has completed eight takeovers worth more than $1 billion.

This is the biggest acquisition made by Microsoft, which has completed eight takeovers worth more than $1 billion.

 

Microsoft: the key facts

  • Microsoft, the software giant, bought business social network site LinkedIn for more than $26bn on Monday.
  • Microsoft opened in Ireland in 1985 with a small manufacturing facility employing just over one hundred people.
  • Microsoft Ireland has grown to encompass four distinct operations at its campus in Sandyford in Dublin, employing over 1,200 full time employees and 700 full-time contract staff.
  • Microsoft’s operations in Ireland include software development and testing, localisation, operations, finance, IT, HR and sales and marketing, both in Ireland and across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • Microsoft employs 112,689 people worldwide.
  • In the fiscal year endind June 30th 2015, Microsoft had a net revenue of $93.5 billion.
  • In 2011, Microsoft Corporation acquired Skype Communications for $8.5 billion. The company was incorporated as a division of Microsoft.
  • Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975 in Albuquerque, USA.
  • Paul Allen came up with the original name of Micro-Soft, a mix of the words microcomputer and software. The hyphen was removed in 1979.
  • This is the biggest acquisition made by Microsoft, which has completed eight takeovers worth more than $1 billion.
  • It paid $8.5 billion for Skype in 2011 and bought Nokia’s mobile phone business for $7.2 billion in 2013.