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Microsoft-Apple Timeline

By mario v
  • Altair 8800

    Altair 8800
    The January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics featured Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems's (MITS) Altair 8800 microcomputer.
  • Creation of Microsoft

    Creation of Microsoft
    It was founded in 1974 in Nuevo Mexico, United States by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
  • Creation of Apple

    Creation of Apple
    It was founded in 1976 in California, United States by Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne and Stephen Wozniak.
  • Apple 1

    Apple 1
    Apple I personal computer kit, a computer single handedly designed by Wozniak.
  • Apple II

    Apple II
    The Apple II, also invented by Wozniak, was introduced on April 16, 1977, at the first West Coast Computer Faire.
  • Xenix

    Microsoft entered the OS business in 1980 with its own version of Unix, called Xenix.
  • Apple III

    Apple III
    The company introduced the Apple III in May 1980 in an attempt to compete with IBM and Microsoft in the business and corporate computing market.
  • DOS

    It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s.
  • Apple Lisa

    Apple Lisa
    Apple began working on the Apple Lisa in 1978.
  • Macintosh

    In 1984, Apple next launched the Macintosh. Its debut was announced by the now famous $1.5 million television commercial "1984".
  • Microsoft Windows

    Microsoft Windows
    While jointly developing a new OS with IBM in 1984, OS/2 , Microsoft released Microsoft Windows , a graphical extension for MS-DOS, on November 20, 1985.
  • The Macintosh Portable

    The Macintosh Portable
    The Macintosh Portable was introduced in 1989 and was designed to be just as powerful as a desktop Macintosh, but weighed a bulky 7.5 kilograms (17 lb) with a 12-hour battery life.
  • Microsft Office

    Microsft Office
    In 1990, Microsoft introduced its office suite, Microsoft Office.
  • Windows 3.0

    Windows 3.0
    On May 22 Microsoft launched Windows 3.0 with a streamlined user interface graphics and improved protected mode capability for the Intel 386 processor
  • System 7

    System 7
    Apple introduced System 7, a major upgrade to the operating system which added color to the interface and introduced new networking capabilities.
  • Power Macintosh

    Power Macintosh
    Apple introduced the Power Macintosh, the first of many Apple computers to use Motorola's PowerPC processor.
  • Windows 95

    Windows 95
    The company released Windows 95on August 24, 1995, featuring pre-emptive multitasking, a completely new user interface with a novel start button, and 32-bit compatibility.
  • Apple Online Store

    Apple Online Store
    Apple introduced the Apple Online Store, tied to a new build-to-order manufacturing strategy.[
  • IMac

    Apple introduced a new all-in-one computer reminiscent of the Macintosh 128K: the iMac.
  • Mac OS X

    Mac OS X
    Mac OS X, based on NeXT's OPENSTEP and BSD Unix, was released on March 24, 2001 after several years of development.
  • Windows XP

    Windows XP
    Microsoft released Windows XP, unifying the mainstream and NT lines under the NT codebase.
  • Ipod

    On October 23 of the same year, Apple announced the iPod portable digital audio player, and started selling it on November 10.
  • Xbox

    The company released the Xbox later that year, entering the game console market dominated by Sony and Nintendo.
  • ITunes Store

    ITunes Store
    Apple's iTunes Store was introduced, offering online music downloads for $0.99 a song and integration with the iPod.
  • Mac Mini

    Mac Mini
    Consumer sub-desktop computer and server, introduced in 2005.
  • Macbook Air

    Macbook Air
    Consumer ultra-thin, ultra-portable notebook, introduced in 2008.
  • Mac Pro

    Mac Pro
    Workstation desktop computer, introduced in 2006.
  • Apple TV

    Apple TV
    Apple TV is a digital media player developed and sold by Apple Inc.
  • Windows Vista

    Windows Vista
    Windows Vista, focused on features, security, and a redesigned user interface dubbed Aero.
  • IPhone

    Phone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It runs Apple's iOS mobile operating system.
  • Windows 7

    Windows 7
    Windows 7's focus was on refining Vista with ease of use features and performance enhancements, rather than a large reworking of Windows.
  • IPad

    Apple introduced their much-anticipated media tablet, the iPad, running a modified version of iOS.
  • Windows Phone OS

     Windows Phone OS
    As a result, in 2010, Microsoft revamped their aging flagship mobile operating system, Windows Mobile, replacing it with the new Windows Phone OS; along with a new strategy in the smartphone industry that has Microsoft working more closely with smartphone manufacturers, such as Nokia, and to provide a consistent user experience across all smartphones using Microsoft's Windows Phone OS.
  • Windows 8 amd Windows Surface

    Windows 8 amd Windows Surface
    On October 26, 2012, Microsoft launched Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface.
  • Xbox One

    Xbox One
    Announced on May 21, 2013, it is the successor to the Xbox 360 and is the third console in the Xbox family.