Who is Microsoft?:
Who Started Microsoft?:
Bill Gates Harvard DropOut:
The Birth of Microsoft:
Bill Gates called MITS, the makers of the Altair, and offered his and Paul Allen's services to write a version of the new BASIC programming language for the Altair.
In eight weeks, Allen and Gates were able to demonstrate their program to MITS, who agreed to distribute and market the product under the name of Altair BASIC.
The Altair deal inspired Gates and Allen to form their own software company, and Microsoft was started on April 4, 1975, with Bill Gates as the first CEO.
Where Did The Name Microsoft Come From?:
In August 1977, the company opened their first international office in Japan, called ASCII Microsoft.
In 1981, the company incorporated in the state of Washington and became Microsoft Inc. Bill Gates was the President of the Company and the Chairman of the Board, and Paul Allen was the Executive VP.
History of Micosoft Products:
Microsoft's Operating SystemsAn operating system is the fundamental software that allows a computer to operate. As a newly formed company, Microsoft's first operating system product that was publicly released was a version of Unix called Xenix, released in 1980.
Xenix was later used as the basis for Microsoft's first word processor, called Multi-Tool Word (a predecessor to Microsoft Word).
Microsoft's first wildly successful operating system was MS-DOS or Microsoft Disk Operating System, which Microsoft wrote for IBM in 1981, based on Tim Paterson's QDOS. In the deal of the century, Bill Gates only licensed MS-DOS to IBM, by retaining the rights to the software, Bill Gates made a fortune for Microsoft and Microsoft had become a major soft vendor.
Microsoft MouseMicrosoft Mouse was released on May 2, 1983.
WindowsIn 1983, Microsoft's crowning achievement was released, Microsoft Windows was an operating system with a novel graphical user interface and a multitasking environment for IBM computers.
In 1986, the company went public, and Bill Gates became a 31-year old billionaire.
Microsoft OfficeIn 1989, Microsoft Office was released. Office is a software package that as the name describes is a collection of programs that you might use in the office including: a word possessor, spreadsheet, a mail program, business presentation software, and more.
Internet ExplorerIn August 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95, which includes technologies for connecting to the Internet: built-in support for dial-up networking. and TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol), and a web browser Internet Explorer 1.0.