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Microsoft Timeline - Key Dates in Microsoft History:

  • January 2, 1975: Bill Gates and Paul Allen create a version of the BASIC language to run on microcomputers
  • April 4, 1975: Microsoft founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen
  • July 1, 1977: With the idea of branching out into different computer languages, Microsoft ships its second language, Fortran.
  • April 4, 1979: Microsoft 8080 BASIC wins ICP Million Dollar Award.
  • August 12, 1981: IBM awards Microsoft the contract to provide an operating system for the IBM PC. This operating system later becomes known as MS-DOS.
  • October 25, 1983: Microsoft released Microsoft Word. The word processor is the first to use WYSIWYG features.
  • November 20th, 1985: Microsoft launches the first version of Windows.
  • April 2, 1987: Microsoft announces OS/2, an operating system developed jointly with IBM. OS/2 is officially released in December of 1987.
  • May 22, 1990: Microsoft releases Windows 3.0. This is the first version of Windows that gains popularity among IBM PC users and eventually becomes a standard install by manufacturers.
  • May 20, 1991: Microsoft announces Visual Basic, a development platform with a visual interface.
  • May 24, 1993: Windows NT is launched. Originally developed as OS/2 version 3.0, Microsoft slowly split from IBM and the joint development of OS/2 after Windows 3.0's popularity.
  • August 24, 1995: Microsoft releases Windows 95, the replacement to MS-DOS. The Microsoft Network (MSN) is also officially launched on this date.
  • August 1997: Microsoft invests 150 million into Apple after Apple's stock had fallen by more than 50%.
  • October 25, 2001: Microsoft XP is released. This operating system signals the end of the Windows 95 line of operating systems and brings the NT line into the mainstream.
  • November 15, 2001: Microsoft launches the Xbox.
  • June 23, 2003: Microsoft announces Windows Mobile, an operating system for smartphones and PDAs.

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