A look at Microsoft History - The Eighties

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While some of us were wearing tube socks and listening to "Wham" others were running multi-billionaire companies like Microsoft.  Here's a look back at the 1980's - Microsoft style.

1980

June 11. Steve Ballmer joins Microsoft.

1981

June 25. Microsoft reorganizes into a privately held corporation with Bill Gates as president and chairman of the board and Paul Allen as executive vice president. Microsoft becomes Microsoft, Inc., an incorporated business in the State of Washington.

August 12. IBM introduces its Personal Computer, which uses Microsoft's 16-bit operating system, Microsoft® MS-DOS® version 1.0, plus Microsoft BASIC, Microsoft COBOL, Microsoft Pascal, and other Microsoft products.

1982

March 24. Microsoft U.K. Ltd. (United Kingdom) is incorporated.

June 28. Microsoft announces a new corporate logo, new packaging, and a comprehensive set of retail dealer support materials.

1983

February 18. Paul Allen resigns as Microsoft's executive vice president, but remains on the Board of Directors.

May 2. Microsoft introduces the Microsoft Mouse.

September 29. Microsoft introduces Word for MS-DOS 1.00.

November 10. Microsoft unveils Microsoft Windows®, an extension of the MS-DOS operating system that provides a graphical operating environment. The first retail version of Windows would not ship until November 1985.

1984

January 24. Microsoft ships BASIC and Multiplan simultaneously with the introduction of the Macintosh, becoming a leader in developing software for Apple computers.

July 11. Microsoft Press introduces its first two titles: Cary Lu's The Apple Macintosh Book and Peter Norton's Exploring the IBM PCjr Home Computer.

1985

August 12. Microsoft celebrates its 10th anniversary with Fiscal Year 1985 sales figures of $140 million.

September 3. Microsoft selects the Republic of Ireland as the site of its first production facility outside of the United States to produce software products to be sold in the European market.

November 20. Microsoft ships the retail version of Microsoft Windows.

1986

February 26. Microsoft moves to a new corporate campus in Redmond, WA.

March 13. Microsoft stock goes public at $21 per share, rising to $28 per share by the end of the first trading day and raising $61 million.

1987

April 2. Microsoft and IBM announce OS/2. This is the first product to be announced as a result of the Joint Development Agreement between Microsoft and IBM in August 1985.

September 8. Microsoft ships its first CD-ROM application, Microsoft Bookshelf, a collection of 10 of the most popular and useful reference works on a single compact disc.

1988

January 13. Microsoft and Ashton-Tate announce Microsoft SQL Server™, relational database server software for Local Area Networks (LANs) based on a relational database management system licensed from Sybase.

1989

August 1. Microsoft announces Office, the first general business software for Macintosh systems available on CD-ROM.

November 13. Microsoft and IBM broaden the scope of their development agreement by agreeing to jointly develop a consistent, full range of systems software offerings for the 1990s. These software offerings will include enhancements to MS-DOS, Microsoft OS/2, and Microsoft LAN software and are compatible with the Intel 386 and 486 microprocessors.

December 27. Microsoft announces that Jon Shirley will retire as president and chief operating officer on June 30, 1990. Shirley, who has been president since August 1983, will continue to play a role in the management of the company as a member of the Board of Directors and as a consultant for strategic projects.

Here's a look at the seventies for those who grew up on "ABBA"

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    Matthew Mushall

    Ah...I loved the eighties.  1981 was my year.  However, I'm glad they're over.  Being so young then, that decade seemed to last the longest.  The early nineties were a little slow also, but after 1994, the years just flew bye and it seems like 2000 was only yesterday.  It’s remarkable how your perception of time is accelerated by age.

    Just to mention...and I know this, you couldn't possibly be in your twenties if you remember the seventies...you might want to feign ignorance if you want to be 23-25. Wink  Don't worry, I won't tell.

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    Matthew Mushall

    Ah...I loved the eighties.  1981 was my year.  However, I'm glad they're over.  Being so young then, that decade seemed to last the longest.  The early nineties were a little slow also, but after 1994, the years just flew bye and it seems like 2000 was only yesterday.  It’s remarkable how your perception of time is accelerated by age.

    Just to mention...and I know this, you couldn't possibly be in your twenties if you remember the seventies...you might want to feign ignorance if you want to be 23-25. Wink  Don't worry, I won't tell.

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    Ted Bracewell

    I grew up in the seventies... for 8 months. I remember jamming to ABBA in my cradle. I played a mean rattle, yo.

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    Ted Bracewell

    I grew up in the seventies... for 8 months. I remember jamming to ABBA in my cradle. I played a mean rattle, yo.

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    Matthew Mushall

    Technically, you could cheat and say that 1980 was also part of the seventies and that gives you an additional 12 months.  Round up 8 months to a year and that gives you 2 whole years in the seventies. Smiley

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    Matthew Mushall

    Technically, you could cheat and say that 1980 was also part of the seventies and that gives you an additional 12 months.  Round up 8 months to a year and that gives you 2 whole years in the seventies. Smiley

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    scratchex

    Too young to really remember the 70's or at least anything associated w/ that time period.

    The 80's the only time period where you could wake up on a Sat morning and watch cartoons all day. 80's also brought us break dancing and fat laces... nothing like a new pair of Kaepas and some fresh fat laces..YES!   =)

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    scratchex

    Too young to really remember the 70's or at least anything associated w/ that time period.

    The 80's the only time period where you could wake up on a Sat morning and watch cartoons all day. 80's also brought us break dancing and fat laces... nothing like a new pair of Kaepas and some fresh fat laces..YES!   =)

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    Linkyshinks

    I was born in the seventies, and i still have very faint memories from my very early childhood. One of which is being pushed in a wooden wheel barrow by gorgeous hippies type women wearing garish patterned clothing.

    It's strange what your mind hangs onto.  LS

     

    The Banana Splitz were cool Smiley

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    Linkyshinks

    I was born in the seventies, and i still have very faint memories from my very early childhood. One of which is being pushed in a wooden wheel barrow by gorgeous hippies type women wearing garish patterned clothing.

    It's strange what your mind hangs onto.  LS

     

    The Banana Splitz were cool Smiley

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