The History of Microsoft
It wasn’t too long ago that Microsoft‘s position in the market was so dominant that really everyone was using IE (internet explorer) along with Windows and Office and that space cadet pinball game (awesome). So just how did Microsoft become the face of software industry.
Started in 1975
It all started back in 1975 when Bill Gates and Paul Allen wanted to get the programming language basic working on their Altair 8800. They believed a basic interpreter will make it a lot easier for people to program on the Altair using a Keyboard.
It was Microsoft’s first ever product and it took just 4kb on a paper tape. It proved to be so popular that Bill Gates sent a very angry letter to hobbyist telling them to stop copying it and passing it around for free. Microsoft developed many more forms of Basic through the early 1980’s which not only served as programming environments but also as proto operating system for home computers of the time.
First Hardware Softcard 1980
It allowed the operating system CPM which later evolved into DOS to run on Apple computers.
Microsoft agreed to produce DOS for IBM IN 1981 which quickly made Microsoft a software giant. Their yearly revenue jumped from $16 million in 1981 to over $97 million a mere three years later in 1984.
Microsoft’s revenue grew enough more with the introduction of Microsoft Word which was notable for being the first what you see, what you get word processors. Meaning you can see formatting like italics on screen instead of having to type in a command later to get the printer to print the font you want.
Windows 1.0 1985
Microsoft continued to make things look nicer on the screen with the introduction of Windows 1.0 in 1985. This initial version of Windows was really just a graphical shell that ran on top of MS DOS it was still ahead of its time in some ways for example it was widely criticized for relying too much on the mouse.
Windows 3.0 1990
In 1990 Windows 3.0 was released and was a smashing success thanks to no small part through the use of real actual icons to represent programs and files and a support for a whopping 256 colors. The original version of Microsoft Office was also released this year and was similarly successful.
Windows 95 in 1995
Windows 95 included many endearing features like the start menu, the modern window desktop paradim and the task bar. This along with the Microsofts growing portfolio of consumer products like Encarta, Internet Explorer and MSN which is still around as a dial-up provider and Web portal turned Microsoft into a household name. They even partnered with General Electric to launch MSNBC a cable news channel in 1996 to emphasis inter activity and online news to compliment its Tv offerings in early days.