A Brief History of Microsoft

A Brief History of Microsoft

A Brief History of gives me the ability to look at a variety of topics. Last week, I gave a very brief beginners course into the history of the NHL. This week, I decided to think about what I would like to know more about. I use Microsoft daily and have for the majority of my life. However, I know very little about it other than Bill Gates and Windows. Sure, I know some of the programs and can navigate a computer quite well, but I wanted to know more. Here is a very brief history of Microsoft, and hopefully you discover something new as most of you sit on your Microsoft-powered machines. No disrespect to Apple, they very well may be the next featured topic on this article.

Gates & Allen

I may just be late to the party, but Bill Gates wasn't alone in founding Microsoft. In fact, Paul Allen came up with the name Microsoft, then written Micro-Soft. Both men met at Harvard and began their company in 1975 based on their software work on the Altair 8800, one of the first personal computers. Paul Allen was a driving force in the enterprise, but Gates was the heart and soul. This led to an agreement in which Gates received a bigger profit from the company's earnings. Paul Allen quit the company after getting sick in 1982, but kept his stock and remains worth billions as a result.

Windows to the World

After Allen's Exit, Microsoft began developing the Windows operating system. Known for its innovation to personal computers that made interaction very user-friendly, this software became essential into the technology and internet booms of the 1990's. Microsoft Office gave them a huge advantage in being available on computers in homes, offices, and libraries. During the 1990's, as business and consumers took to the Internet, Windows became the gateway to the information superhighway.

Bittersweet Working Symphony

Bill Gates is known to be a pretty cool guy to work for. White-collar employees at Microsoft have the luxury of being a part of a company that helped set a blueprint for companies like Facebook and Google to be great employers. However, the blue collar employees may not share the same sentiment. In fact, Microsoft has been accused of being very unfair to a big part of their labor force. Hiring employees as full-time temporary for years to avoid providing benefits is one of the crimes charged to Microsoft.

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