History of Microsoft

  • Microsoft is Founded

    Microsoft is Founded
    The idea for Microsoft came in 1975 when Paul Allen showed Bill Gates the January issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800. Allen and Gates saw a great business opportunity and created a programming language for the system, called BASIC. Allen and Gates moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and co-founded Microsoft.
  • MS-DOS Released

    MS-DOS Released
    The first Microsoft operating system, it was introduced in 1981 on the IBM Personal Computer. Since it was Microsoft’s first operating system it wasn’t the best, but it was still very popular in computers in the 1980s and 1990s. It supported the x86 platform computer and was not discontinued until September 2000.
  • Microsoft Windows 1.01

    Microsoft Windows 1.01
    The first version of Microsoft Windows was released in 1985. It was a program environment that worked within MS-DOS operating system. It featured a word processor, calendar, and painting options.
  • Microsoft Windows 3.0

    Microsoft Windows 3.0
    The third major release of Microsoft Windows occurred in 1990 with the release of Windows 3.0. It was the first widely successful version of windows and created competition for Apple Macintosh on the GUI front. It allowed for users to multitask much easier by offering increased virtual memory.
  • Introduction of Microsoft Office

    Introduction of Microsoft Office
    In November of 1990 Microsoft released its first version of Microsoft Office, Office 1.0. It contained a bundle of programs that are still popular today. These programs include: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Microsoft Windows NT

    Microsoft Windows NT
    Windows NT was an operating system designed and released by Microsoft in 1993. It was a powerful high-level-language-based, processor-independent, multiprocessing, multiuser operating system. It was designed to be a more user friendly version of MS-DOS, but later became a version in and of itself.
  • Microsoft Windows 95

    Microsoft Windows 95
    Windows 95 was released in 1995 by Microsoft to have an operating environment that integrated the new 32-bit programming capabilities. This was the first version of Windows to include Internet Explorer, the company’s preferred way to access the Internet.
  • Microsoft Windows 98

    Microsoft Windows 98
    Half way through 1998, Microsoft released Windows 98. This operating system was the successor of Windows 95. Windows 98 operating system was a focus on the internet and online capabilities that a computer could have. It also contained a more robust USB support system, many people didn’t really use since floppy disks were still popular.
  • Microsoft Windows 2000

    Microsoft Windows 2000
    Windows 2000 operating system was released in early 2000 by Microsoft. It was an operating system used by both client and server computers. This version was used to improve the device manager program, Windows Media Player, and DirectX.
  • Microsoft Windows XP

    Microsoft Windows XP
    A little over a year after the success of Windows 2000, Microsoft released its next operating system, Windows XP. The name XP is short for eXPerience. Microsoft Windows XP focused on highlighting the enhanced user experience. Since its release, Windows XP is the second most used version of Windows.
  • Microsoft Xbox Released

    Microsoft Xbox Released
    The Xbox was released by Microsoft in late 2001. It was Microsoft’s first attempt at a video game console, and was very successful. It competed against other sixth-generation consoles including the PlayStation 2 and the Dreamcast.
  • Microsoft Office 2003

    Microsoft Office 2003
    Microsoft Office 2003 was a collection of Microsoft software’s that were sold as a bundled product. Office 2003 is one of the most successful Office Packs sold by Microsoft. The pack included: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 Released

    Microsoft Xbox 360 Released
    The successor to the highly successful Xbox was released in late 2005 as the Xbox 360. It competed against consoles like the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3. It was an improvement upon the online capabilities of the original Xbox. Newer versions of the Xbox 360 continue to release around every year.
  • Microsoft Windows Vista

    Microsoft Windows Vista
    Windows Vista was released by Microsoft to the public in early 2007. It was released to include an updated graphical user interface and a new visual style. Windows DVD maker and a new search component, called Windows Search, was also include in the release of Windows Vista.
  • Microsoft Windows 7

    Microsoft Windows 7
    Two years after the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft released another operating system, Windows 7. Windows 7 sought to become one of the most successful operating systems of all time. Microsoft introduced a new graphical layout and a cleaner user experience.
  • Windows Phone 7 Released

    Windows Phone 7 Released
    In November 2010, Microsoft released their Windows Phone line, with the release of the Windows Phone 7. The phone ran off an updated version of Windows 7. The phone operating system was developed to compete with Apple’s IPhone, although the sales would never rival that of the IPhone’s.
  • Microsoft Buys Skype

    Microsoft Buys Skype
    In 2011 the Microsoft Corporation purchased Skype Communications for $8.5 Billion dollars. This became one of Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition. Microsoft purchased the company so that they could have a great built in way that people could communicate between computers.
  • Microsoft Windows 8

    Microsoft Windows 8
    The newest version of Microsoft Windows was released late last year, 2012. It was developed to work with both computers and tablets/phones. Windows 8’s main focus was on improving user interface, which was successful because it was the biggest change in Microsoft operating systems to date. This was the first operating system designed by Microsoft to work with both PC’s and Tablets.
  • Windows Phone 8 Released

    Windows Phone 8 Released
    Three days after the release of Windows 8, Microsoft released their updated Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8 runs off the Windows 8 operating system, which was also designed by Microsoft. The interface is similar to the interface that runs on the PC version, running Windows 8.
  • Microsoft Office 2013

    Microsoft Office 2013
    The newest version of Microsoft Office was released in early 2013. Office 2013 includes extended file format support, user interface updates, and support for touch. Microsoft Office 2013 released in five different sets. Each set adds more applications, but is increasingly more expensive.