Founded in Albuquerque New Mexico in 1975 by childhood friend Bill Gates and Paul Allen Microsoft has become an integral part of our day to day lives over the past few decades, it is credited with quite a few advances relating to the world of personalized computers, chief among them is the simplification of computer operating systems by creating its massively successful “Windows” operating system.

Shocking as it may be, Microsoft’s initial success came as part of somewhat of a scam or ruse.

After reading in a popular magazine about the Altair 8800 microcomputer Allen became convinced that he and Gates could program a BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800, when Gates contacted the company that manufactured it (MITS) it requested a live demonstration is proof of the system’s functionality.

However, Allen & Gates did not have the interpreter completed in time, so instead they developed a simulator for the system (while continuing to develop the system on that same simulator), and when it was time for the demonstration they presented MITS with an interpreter that was actually built on a simulator instead of the actual device, yet it worked flawlessly, so MITS agreed to market it as Altair Basic, and the rest, as they say, was history.

Microsoft continued its initial growth when it signed a contract with IBM in 1980 to provide its line of IBM PC’s their operating system – MS-DOS, or as IBM rebranded it – PC DOS.

While developing the follow up system to MS-DOS, named OS/2 Microsoft was also working on a more visual extension of the operating system named “Windows”, which it believed will allow a greater number of people with lower computer skill levels find their way around the computers of that time, which were primarily language based.

In 1990 Microsoft introduced its office product suite “Microsoft office” with such programs as Microsoft word and Excel.

As the computer boom of the late 80’s and early 90’s grew in size, the names Windows & Office became almost synonymous with “operating system” and “Productivity software”, as Internet explorer would later be known as the primary browser most people used with the onset of the Internet era.

While being great tools for its growth, all of the above software got Microsoft into some form of trouble in one way or another, this was due to the fact that its market share was such that it was in essence a monopoly, even though it had competition Microsoft was often blamed for taking advantage of its clout to force various manufacturers to install or market only products it created.

In recent times Microsoft has continued the advancement of its established products but has also ventured into other technological products, from gaming systems – the Xbox and its successors, to the purchase of aging mobile company Nokia to assist in the development of Microsoft branded mobile phones.

Microsoft also made ventures into actually creating computers for itself with the 2012 launch of its “Surface” Tablet, and the purchases of video chat giant Skype and game company Mojang (creators of “Minecraft”) are probable indicators of Microsoft’s aspiration to remain relevant in an ever expanding market.

When approaching trades in Microsoft binary options, one will do well to mind the overall market conditions. Microsoft’s immense size and vast areas of development can often cause the giant to be somewhat lagging in terms of reacting to market demands or innovations.

That being said, that very same tardiness can often be used to the advantage of the skilled trader, reading market shifts and reactions to other giants (Google for example) can aid you in predicting the moves in Microsoft’s prices and capitalize on them.

Binary options on Microsoft are dependent on a few factors, but unlike Microsoft’s origin, your money will be real, not simulated.