Microsoft was founded in 1975 by two computer geeks, Paul Allen and Bill Gates. Microsoft, like most start-ups started small but had a big vision: a computer in every home and on every desktop. They hired Steve Ballmer, a former Harvard classmate and Gates to run the company in June 1980.
Microsoft vs IBM
IBM approached Microsoft the next month about a project code-named Chess. In response, Microsoft focused its attention on a new operating software. This is the software that manages or runs the computer hardware. It also bridges the gap between programs and the computer hardware, such as a word processor.
Their new operating system was named “MS-DOS” (Microsoft Disk Operating System). It was released in 1981 by IBM. This introduced a new language to the public. The daily routine of working included typing “C:” or other cryptic commands. The backslash (), key was discovered by many.
MS-DOS was efficient, but it proved to be difficult for many people to understand. Microsoft was responsible for the initial version of an operating system. Interface Manager was originally the code name. However, Windows was chosen because it best described the computing “windows”, or boxes that were essential to the new operating system.
Windows was first announced in 1983. However, it took some time to get developed. Microsoft released Windows 1.0 on November 20, 1985, two-years after its initial announcement. Microsoft released Windows 1.0 on November 20, 1985, two years after the initial announcement. Instead of typing MS-DOS commands into a terminal, you can now move a mouse to point at screens and click your way through them which had many advantages and benefits. You could switch between multiple programs without needing to exit and restart each one.
Windows 1.0 shipped with many programs including MS-DOS file manager, Paint, Windows Writer, Notepad and Calculator. There was also a calendar and card file and a clock to help you manage your day-to-day activities. Reversi was even included.
Many critics said that Windows 1.0 was a flop and similar to Macintosh. It was also the embodiment of a vision for technology that created an empire.