Microsoft Corporation is an American tech company founded in 1975 and headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA. The company began as a developer of programming languages, and slowly expanded to operating systems, office applications, entertainment, and hardware. They currently hold a dominant lead on the operating system of desktop computers, Windows.
I have been using Microsoft products since the late 1980s when I first encountered MS-DOS. My family's first computer came loaded with MS-DOS v5.0 and Windows 3.0 with media extensions. Since then, I have used nearly every subsequent version of DOS and Windows as well as a large variety of Microsoft office, programming, and gaming software. However, my use of Microsoft is not because I prefer their products, in general, I tend to hate them, and think they've steadily gotten worse in the past 15 years. Instead, I use Microsoft because they have such a huge market share, that it's difficult to have access to all the software I like without using their products.
These are programs that have a particular importance to me.
I used to use the majority of Microsoft applications, but over the years, I have found superior free replacements for nearly all of their apps.
Microsoft rarely develops games in-house, and instead pays third-party developers to make games for them, and then publishes them.
This logo is fantastic. Like any good logo, it's legible at varying sizes. The italic Helvetica is plain, but the notch taken out of the o gives it flair. This is the first logo I viewed, and it's my favorite.