What Is The History of Microsoft Corporation – How It Was Founded
No matter where you are, no matter who you are, you most probably have heard about Windows. This is the most popular operating system around the globe, sold to billions of individuals, small companies, corporations, you name it… Its developer – Microsoft Corporation is one of the most powerful technological companies of our time. They are really huge – this enterprise is valued at nearly 430 billion US dollars. Can you believe that this thing was started in a garage…?
Microsoft, also known as ‘Microcomputer Software‘, was founded in 1975 by two young entrepreneurs – the 19 years old William Henry Gates III (Bill Gates) and 22 years old Paul Allen from Albuquerque (New Mexico). They have been friends since they were children, and they both have been very interested in technology since very young age. They were obsessed by the belief that personal computers would become integrand of people’s lives. So, this was how their first company, Traf-O-Data, was founded in 1972. It offered a device that tracked automobile traffic. One day, in January 1975, a high-tech magazine devoted its cover to an article, which featured information for the first personal computer Altair 8800, developed by Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems. Allen spotted an opportunity in this, he thought they could create an interpreter(a simple programming language) for this computer or just BASIC ( Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). That would be a software, with which the computer could be used. Then Bill gates called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) and told them they already had a working interpreter for their device and arranged a demonstration. But this was actually a lie, they hadn’t made anything they just had a plan in their heads how to make it. So, when MITS requested a meeting in order to see the interpreter, the young entrepreneurs had a few days to create it from zero. There also was another little problem, they didn’t even have a computer Altair 8800 to use it for the development of the interpreter. So, Allen created an simulator and Gates wrote the software using it. When they went to show it to MITS, everything worked perfectly. The young entrepreneurs got a contract, their application would be marketed as Altair BASIC. A few months later, on 4th of April 1975, they founded Micro-soft (this was the first name of the company, ‘micro’ deriving from ‘microprocessor’ and ‘soft’ from ‘software’).