What year was Microsoft founded?
First, I need to vent about the fact I tried to cut corners and make things easier on myself with today's Daily Doodle and it ended up biting me in the butt. I tried to mask off some lines instead of trusting or relying on my hand and brush and I tore my paper and that was annoying. So this will be a short post about Microsoft because I'm tired and now also frustrated.
Now, let's get to the information you're here for! Childhood friends, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, founded Microsoft in 1975. A combination between "microprocessors" and "software", the company was originally called "Micro-Soft". Gates had left Harvard and Allen quit his job as a programmer in Boston to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico (where the electronic firm, MITS was located) to focus on Microsoft.
By the end of 1978, Microsoft’s sales topped more than $1 million and on January 1, 1979, Microsoft relocated to Bellevue, Washington where the two men had grown up. June 25, 1981 Microsoft incorporated. The IBM personal computer was introduced with Microsoft’s 16-bit operating system , MS-DOS 1.0 on August 12, 1981. In 1983, Paul Allen left Microsoft after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma; he was successfully treated for the disease and went on to pursue a variety of other business ventures. February 26, 1986, Microsoft went public, and in 1987, 31-year-old Bill Gates became the world’s youngest billionaire.
In case you are interested in even more Microsoft history with a timeline, you can check out their site here.