The History of Microsoft

The History of Microsoft

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Professor Suarez

Introduction to Technology

5th March, 2008

History of Microsoft

This magnificent company began on January 1, 1975 and it was founded by two brilliant

men, Bill Gates III and Paul Allen. Their adventure started with the issue of Popular Electronics,

with a headline that said “Worlds First Minicomputer Kit to Rival Commercial Models”. This

demonstrated the Altair 8800, after reading this magazine Gates got in contact with the creators

of the new computer, MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems), to inform them he

could demonstrate an implementation of the BASIC programming language for the system, and

in just eight weeks before the demonstration, Gates and Allen developed the interpreter. This was

an incredible success which resulted in a deal with MITS to buy the rights to Altair BASIC.

Having seen this major opportunity Bill Gates dropped out Harvard University to pursue the

Market and founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The name Microsoft, was first

used in a letter from Gates to Allen on November 29, 1975, and in November 26, 1976, the name

became a registered trademark.

The first operating system Microsoft invented was the Xenix which was released in 1980

and was later sold to Santa Cruz Operation. But the company did not have a major a success until

August 12, 1981, when IBM gave a contract to Microsoft so that they would supply them with an

adaptation of the CP/M Operating System, which was supposed to be installed in the new IBM

Personal Computer. At this moment Microsoft did not have the operating system they needed,

And so they had to buy a CP/Clone called QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) from

Seattle Computer Products, which Microsoft later change the name to PC-DOS and began

adapting it for the IBM PC. This contract was for $30 billion a year, gaining the right to sell

versions of what became known as MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating...

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