Today’s largest software developer known as Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and co-founder Paul Allen in 1975. Originally intended to develop a BASIC program for the Altair 8800, Microsoft began to take over the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS. Along with a long line of Windows operating systems, Microsoft also manufactures home entertainment products such as the Xbox, Xbox 360, and the Zune. Even though
Microsoft software is found on the majority of computers in homes and offices, they have become a target for many critics.
Microsoft wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for a man known as Bill Gates. Gates was born in 1955 with the name of William Henry Gates III to an upper middle class family. His interest in computers started early in 1968, when he was in the eight grade. Gates and his friend Paul Allen spent the majority of their time learning programming languages like the BASIC, Fortran, and LISP. In 1972 Gates and Allen founded Traf-O-Data, which designed computerized car-counting machines to analyses traffic. He graduated in 1973 and then enrolled at Harvard College in the fall. In 1975 after reading about the Altair microcomputer, Gates and Allen began to write a version of the BASIC programming language for the Altair. Shortly after, Gates dropped out of Harvard to work at MIT’s office with Paul Allen in Albuquerque New Mexico. They licensed their software to MITS and formed Microsoft to develop versions of BASIC for other computer companies. Then in 1980, Microsoft partnered with IBM to design an operating system for the IBM personal computer.
Microsoft Windows started in 1981 with the project name of Interface Manager, and announced in 1983 as Windows. It was a graphical user interface for its own operating system called MS-DOS. Two years later in 1985, Microsoft developed Windows 1.0 which was an extension to MS-DOS. Windows 1.0 came with basic programs that included Windows Paint, write, calendar, notepad, a...