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The History of Microsoft

Brief history of microsoft

Rhys Searle

on 29 November 2012

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Transcript of The History of Microsoft

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MICROSOFT Most people know that Bill Gates was the founder of Microsoft Corporation. However, most people don't know how it was founded. That's what I'll explain in this presentation. The Beginning The Founding of the Windows Operating System Paul Allen and Bill Gates, childhood friends with a passion in computer programming, were seeking to make a successful business utilizing their shared skills. Allen noticed that Altair had produced a microcomputer, named the 'Altair 8800'. They produced a BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) interpreter for it. This was the beginning of Microsoft. In June 1980, Gates and Allen hired Gates’ former Harvard classmate Steve Ballmer to help run the company. The next month, IBM approached Microsoft about a project code-named "Chess." In response, Microsoft focused on a new operating system—the software that manages, or runs, the computer hardware and also serves to bridge the gap between the computer hardware and programs, such as a word processor. It’s the foundation on which computer programs can run. They named their new operating system "MSDOS."

MSDOS was effective, but also proved difficult to understand for many people. There had to be a better way to build an operating system.

MSDOS stands for Microsoft Disk Operating System.
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