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A Short History of Microsoft

A Short History of Microsoft

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A Short History of Microsoft

  1. 1. A Short History of Microsoft
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  3. 3.  But instead of expulsion, the duo was offered unlimited computer time in exchange for helping to improve the computer's performance. Bill Gates and Paul Allen even ran their own small company called Traf-O-Data and sold a computer to the city of Seattle for counting city traffic.
  4. 4. Bill Gates, Harvard Drop Out
  5. 5. Where Did The Name Microsoft Come From?  On July 29, 1975, Bill Gates used the name "Micro-soft" in a letter to Paul Allen to refer to their partnership. The name was registered with the secretary of state of New Mexico on November 26, 1976.  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.
  6. 6. History of Microsoft Products  Microsoft's first wildly successful operating system was MS-DOS or Microsoft Disk Operating System, which Microsoft wrote for IBM in 1981 and was 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.
  7. 7. 1.Windows  In 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.
  8. 8. 2. Microsoft Office  In 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. It includes a word possessor, spreadsheet, a mail program, business presentation software and more.
  9. 9. 3. Internet Explorer  In August of 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95, which includes technologies for connecting to the Internet such as built-in support for dial- up networking, TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol), and a web browser Internet Explorer 1.0.
  10. 10. 4. Xbox  In 2001, Microsoft introduced their first gaming unit, the Xbox system. However, Xbox faced stiff competition from Sony's PlayStation 2 and eventually, Microsoft discontinued the Xbox. However, in 2005, Microsoft released their Xbox 360 gaming console which was a success and is still available on the market.

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