Story of Microsoft
Microsoft is an American multinational technology company. It is mainly known for producing computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and touch screen personal computer-related services. The best product of Microsoft is the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. It is from one of the world's largest companies which are software makers. It is also from one of the five biggest information technology companies along with apple, Meta, Amazon.
The founder of Microsoft and there is no person in this modern world who doesn’t know about bill gates. Bill Gates and Paul G. Allen are the founders of Microsoft. Bill gates met the other founder of Microsoft Paul G. Allen when he was in high school (the lakeside school) bill gates was in 8th grade and Paul was in 10th grade. Paul G. Allen joined computer programming and later on, bill gates also joined it.
Now, these three were in group Paul G. Allen, bill gates, and Kent Evans. Bill gates read a lot of books with Kent Evans and they were the best friends but later on, it seems that fate decided something else for him his friend kent Evans died at 17 on Mount Shuksan in Washington. In 1972 with they founded Traf-O-data and the objective was to read the raw data from roadway traffic counters and create reports for traffic engineers. This is the first successful partnership between Paul and bill gates. This product had limited success.
“The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It’s harmful.”
~ Bill Gates
In 1975 when bill gates were studying at Harvard college. At this time a famous magazine showed an ad for minicomputers which is called “ATAIR 8800”. This is considered as the world's first minicomputer because in the previous time computer is one room which was only booked by big organizations like hospitals and many more. This minicomputer was actually a piece of hardware which is Assembled hardware kit. Later on, bill gates and Paul G. Allen thinks that this computer without any software is an example of a car without fuel and an engine.
They don’t even know how Altair's computer operates as they didn’t work on that computer before. Later they met the founder of MIT's Ed Robert (the company which made ATAIR 8800) and purposed to him that they can make a software program that can run on ATAIR 8800. They worked on their software for about two months in the Harvard lab. At this time they designed the first software of Microsoft which is called Microsoft Basic. This software was successful then they decided to put more effect in this work of software.
"You look at things you enjoy in your life, but much more important is what you can do to make the world a better place."
~ Paul G. Allen
Later bill gates left Harvard University to work with Paul G. Allen and to make his dream come true. Later on, Allen and bill have founded the company and the name of the company is Microsoft in 1975. At first, the main purpose of Microsoft is to make software for computers that contain hardware only. Then at first like every success story their company also struggled finically. As this company has not he enough funds to hire a sales manager so this work is done by the mother of bills.
Later on, the bills and Allen found out that the company is dropped at the lowest point. The company was in finical crisis due to some pirated software. At this point, Allen and bill gates didn’t lose hope and made the MS BASIC. So this MS BASIC helps Allen and bill’s to make a profit of 50,000 dollars.
In 1979 IBM one of the American multinational companies launches the world's first personal computer. This company asked Microsoft to make the operating system for their computer but gates recommended them the other company name digital search to IBM for operating software. IBM talked with the digital research and that company did not reach the license agreement after this happened IBM again ask Microsoft to provide an operating system.
After a few weeks, Allen and bill bought an operating system called 86 DOS, and after some time company launched MS-DOS. After launching this Microsoft offered IBM to use MS-DOS as the main operating system for their computer.
In 1980 Microsoft and IBM signed the contract and within the year Microsoft become the Microsoft Corporation. At the same time, IBM launched the world's first personal computer with the operating system MS-DOS and a few other Microsoft products such as MS-BASIC, MS-PASCAL, MS-COBOL, and others.
Windows NT was the first Windows OS to be launched. This window followed a series of Windows launches over the next few years including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, XP, and Vista.
On October 22, 2009, Microsoft launched its window 7. In 2012 the company released Windows 8. On July 29, 2015 window 10 was launched. The latest window launched by Microsoft in 2021 is window 11.
Today there are many companies owned by Microsoft which are Skype Technologies, aQuantive, GitHub, Mojang, LinkedIn, ZeniMax Media, Nuance Communications, and many more.
On September 21, 2020, Microsoft acquire ZeniMax Media
for $7.5 billion. ZeniMax Media is an American video game publishers company. This company produces their products for PCs and mobile phones. ZeniMax was founded by Bethesda Softworks founder Christopher Weaver and Robert A. Altman in 1999. This company build its good reputation with video games in history.
is an American business-oriented social networking Web site founded in 2002. This company has headquartered in Mountain View, California. This company became profitable in 2007 and by the year 2011 LinkedIn had more than 100 million members worldwide. The main mission of this company is to “The mission of LinkedIn is simple: connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful.” This company was acquired by Microsoft in 2015 with $27.0 billion.
is a provider code hosting platform for version control and collaboration. It was started in February 2008. It provides control and several collaboration features to its users such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, and continuous integration. This company was acquired by Microsoft on Oct 25, 2018, with $7.5 billion.
has headquartered in Luxembourg. It was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennström of Sweden and Janus Friis of Denmark. This is software that connects the world through conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use this to connect with their employees. It was acquired by Microsoft in 2011 with $8.5 billion.
Today according to fortune.com it is ranked on 15 in the biggest Tech companies.
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