A Brief History of Microsoft

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  • Basic

    Bill Gates and Paul Allen create a version of the BASIC language to run on microcomputers
  • Microsoft is founded

    Microsoft is founded
    Microsoft founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izrlj2Swsbc ' TARGET="_blank">Click to watch a video</a>
  • IBM

    IBM awards Microsoft the contract to provide an operating system for the IBM PC. This operating system later becomes known as MS-DOS. <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwrlNwOQ9wA ' TARGET="_blank">Click to view a video</a>
  • Word

    Microsoft released Microsoft Word. The word processor is the first to use WYSIWYG features.
  • First version of Windows

    First version of Windows
    Microsoft launches the first version of Windows. <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvHNNOLnCk' TARGET="_blank">Click to view a video</a>
  • Windows 2

    Windows 2
    Microsoft announces OS/2, an operating system developed jointly with IBM. OS/2 is officially released in December of 1987. <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k1qeRFVGVg ' TARGET="_blank">Click to view a video</a>
  • Windows 3

    Windows 3
    Microsoft releases Windows 3.0. This is the first version of Windows that gains popularity among IBM PC users and eventually becomes a standard install by manufacturers.
  • Visual Basic

    Visual Basic
    Microsoft announces Visual Basic, a development platform with a visual interface.
  • Windows NT

    Windows NT
    Windows NT is launched. Originally developed as OS/2 version 3.0, Microsoft slowly split from IBM and the joint development of OS/2 after Windows 3.0's popularity.
  • Windows 95

    Windows 95
    Microsoft releases Windows 95, the replacement to MS-DOS. The Microsoft Network (MSN) is also officially launched on this date. <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k1qeRFVGVg' TARGET="_blank">Click to view a video</a>
  • Windows XP

    Windows XP
    Microsoft XP is released. This operating system signals the end of the Windows 95 line of operating systems and brings the NT line into the mainstream. <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_Kkb9w5bw ' TARGET="_blank">Click to view a video</a>
  • Xbox

    Microsoft launches the Xbox.
  • Windows Mobile

    Windows Mobile
    Microsoft announces Windows Mobile, an operating system for smartphones and PDAs <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XErMdraAFz4 ' TARGET="_blank">Click to view a video</a>
  • Windows Vista

    Windows Vista
    Microsoft releases Windows Vista. The release of Windows Vista came more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor, Windows XP, the longest time span between successive releases of Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems. <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOtqg0REUrI ' TARGET="_blank">Click to view a video</a>
  • Windows 7

    Windows 7
    Windows 7 was intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line, with the goal of being fully compatible with applications and hardware with which Windows Vista is already compatible. <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6adgIJE8YQ ' TARGET="_blank" >Click to view a video</a>