Today’s the 36th birthday of Microsoft. Happy Birthday Microsoft!
In April 4, 1975, Biil Gates and Paul Allen formed a partnership and called their new start-up Microsoft. Steve Ballmer eventually joined Microsoft several years later in 1980. Microsoft set it’s goals to place a computer on every desktop at home. Microsoft eventually accomplished this goal and changed the ways we work forever.
In 1990, Microsoft’s flagship operating system was Windows 3.0. Windows 3.0 was the first wildly successful version of Windows. In 1992, Microsoft released Windows 3.1. Both of these versions of Windows sold 10 million copies in just a two year time span. To top that off, when Windows 95 was launched in 1995, excited customers stood in long lines to buy their copy and see the infamous “start button” and get a chance to play with the built-in MSN online service. On October 25, 2001, Microsoft released Windows XP, which featured a new task-based graphical user interface. Microsoft also released the Xbox later that year. Today, the Xbox is one of the hottest gaming systems available on the market. In 2007, we saw Windows Vista which brought us a visual style dubbed “Aero”. In 2008, Bill Gates retired from Microsoft and passed the torch to Steve Ballmer. In 2009, we saw Microsoft’s next greatest operating system, Windows 7.
Here’s a nice video, about Bill Gates and Microsoft in the early days: