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A History of Windows

1975–1981: Microsoft boots up

Getting started: Microsoft co-founders Paul Allen (left) and Bill GatesGetting started: Microsoft co-founders Paul Allen (left) and Bill Gates

It’s the 1970s. At work, we rely on typewriters. If we need to copy a document, we likely use a mimeograph or carbon paper. Few have heard of microcomputers, but two young computer enthusiasts, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, see that personal computing is a path to the future.

In 1975, Gates and Allen form a partnership called Microsoft. Like most start-ups, Microsoft begins small, but has a huge vision—a computer on every desktop and in every home. During the next years, Microsoftbegins to change the ways we work.

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Windows History


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