Pirates of the Silicon Valley
Before apps and Google Maps and the world was at your fingertips, the hottest device in the 70’s might’ve just been the typewriter. Until two guys from Washington decided to change all that. Bill Gates and Paul Allen started Microsoft on April 4, 1975 to make software for a device known as the Altair 8800.
After the company bankrolled their first million, Microsoft licensed its first operating system, MS-DOS, for IBM. That was back when you had to type commands to open programs because it had no graphical interface.
When 1985 rolled around, Windows was born. A new operating system with a graphical interface that would provide drop down menus, scroll bars, and other features that seem elementary to today’s standards. Microsoft went public at the mere price of $21 a share—about what you’d pay for a movie ticket today. Before the 80’s were over, Microsoft was the world’s largest PC software company.
Personal computers had made their way into homes and offices around the world by 1995, and Microsoft took their Windows Operating System to another level with Windows 95, selling 7 million copies in the first month of its release. The OS would introduce the world to Internet Explorer—remember that fossil of a browser?
Today Microsoft continues to innovate and has become one of the biggest companies in the world. They have stretched their arms in not only the video game console world with the X-Box brand, but tablets and cell phones and all kinds of other tech too. We’ve come along way from inserting paper into the typewriter, wouldn’t you say, Master Chief?