It's an irony that one of the world's smartest people didn't even finish college. In 1975 he dropped out of Harvard to form an informal partnership with Paul Allen, "Micro-soft"; they invested all their time in BASIC, the first computer language program written for a personal computer. It wasn't until November 1976 that Microsoft became official, when it was registered at the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico, and only in 1977 did the partnership between Bill and Paul Allen become official. That's also when they deliver their second language product, FORTRAN. In 1978, besides launching a third language, COBOL-80, Microsoft goes international by forming a strategic partnership with the founder of ASCII Corporation in Japan. The following year, the company also enters the European market and wins the ICP Million Dollar Award with the 8080 BASIC. This is an important indicative of the growth and acceptance of the PC industry.
Starting with the early 80s, Microsoft starts expanding the product range from languages to operating systems and its first hardware product, the SoftCard, designed for the Apple II users. The newly incorporated business signs a contract with IBM, the first version of MS-DOS being the primary result. Unfortunately, this operating system wasn't a very good one, requiring its users a thorough knowledge of command syntax.
The company moves into the realm of business with an electronic spreadsheet program, the... [continues]
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