Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read the

 

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read the required textbook Chapters 1 through 4 and locate and review the most recent annual report for Microsoft. For this discussion, you need to do some web sleuthing before sharing thoughts on the discussion questions. The goal is to review the topics from many views, synthesize the research, and provide a comprehensive picture of Microsoft in the global marketplace today. Address the following:

  • Begin the web quest by researching current news articles and the most recent annual report for Microsoft.
  • What is the overall global economy projected to be by 2030 and what do you think will be the highest growth divisions for Microsoft at that time and in what geographic areas? Support your projections with at least two credible and recent sources.
  • Share a news link to an article that you found that describes Microsoft interacting with a nongovernmental organization (NGO) or foreign government. Share your link (please cite it), briefly summarize the article, and include a description of the importance/role of the NGO or government entity.
  • Next, share a news link to an article that describes a cultural challenge or ethical dilemma Microsoft faced outside of the United States. Share your link (please cite it), briefly summarize the article, and include your own thoughts on how Microsoft might have handled the problem differently to ameliorate the situation.

Your initial post should be 200 to 300 words.