Microsoft’s founders and childhood friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen did not attend classes to spend time in the school’s computer room.
The duo even ran their own small company called Traf-O-Data during their high school years.
Gates and Allen wrote a version of the BASIC programming language for the Altair 8800 microcomputer in 1975, and Altair’s manufacturer, MITS, agreed to distribute and market this program under the name Altair BASIC.
Following the Altair agreement, Gates and Allen founded Microsoft on April 4, 1975. Microsoft’s
The word “micro” in the name represents the microprocessor, and the word “soft” represents the software.
There is probably no one who does not know Microsoft, one of the largest technology companies in the world. Well, how many of us know the story of the founding of this giant technology company? Probably very few of us. Let’s take a little journey together to the years when Microsoft was founded and established.
According to the story shared by ThoughtCo., childhood friends Paul Allen and Bill Gates founded Microsoft together. The two of them were computer geeks in an age when it was difficult to own a computer. Allen and Gates skipped classes to spend time in their school’s computer room. Eventually they hacked the school’s computer and were caught. But instead of punishing the two of them, the school administration offered them unlimited computer time to help them improve their computer 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 to count city traffic.
In 1973, Bill Gates left Seattle to study at Harvard University as a law student. However, Gates’ first love never left him, so he spent most of his time honing his programming skills at Harvard University’s computer center. Before long, Paul Allen moved to Boston and pressured Gates to leave Harvard. So the team can work on their projects full time. Bill Gates wasn’t sure what to do, but that’s where fate stepped in.
In January 1975, Paul Allen read an article about the Altair 8800 microcomputer in the “Popular Electronics” magazine and showed the article to Gates. Bill Gates called MITS, the makers of Altair, and offered to write a version of the new BASIC programming language for Altair. Although they didn’t actually own an Altair microcomputer, the duo began building an interpreter for the device using a simple simulation. Within eight weeks, Allen and Gates demonstrated their program to MITS, which MITS agreed to distribute and market under the Altair BASIC name. The Altair deal inspired Gates and Allen to start their own software company. The duo founded Microsoft on April 4, 1975, and Bill Gates became CEO of the company.
On July 29, 1975, Bill Gates used the name “Micro-Soft” to talk about their partnership in a letter to Paul Allen. The word “Micro” stood for the microprocessor and the word “Soft” for software. This name was registered by the New Mexico secretary of state on November 26, 1976. In August 1977, the company opened its first international office in Japan as ASCII Microsoft. In 1981 the company became a Washington state joint stock company and Microsoft Inc. got its name. Bill Gates was the company’s CEO and chairman of the board, and Paul Allen was its vice president.
Release of Microsoft’s Early Operating Systems and Microsoft Windows
The first released operating system product was a version of Unix called Xenix, released in 1980. Xenix was later used as the basis for Multi-Tool Word, the first word processor that was Microsoft’s progenitor. of Microsoft Word. However, Xenix did not last long as it was a failing operating system.
Microsoft’s first successful operating system was MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System), a 16-bit operating system the company wrote for IBM in 1981 and based on Tim Paterson’s QDOS. In the deal of the century, Bill Gates licensed only IBM to use MS-DOS. Bill Gates, who held the rights to the software, made a fortune for Microsoft, and Microsoft became a major software provider.
The Microsoft Windows operating system, which is the reason why most of us know Microsoft, emerged in 1983. At that time, Microsoft Windows was an operating system for IBM computers with a new graphical user interface and multitasking environment.