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Throughout the 1970s, business and offices were heavily dependent
on typewriters, mimeographs and carbon paper to create and distribute their
work. Although large industrial computers had been around for quite a long
time, there was nothing like the desktop computers we see everyday today. Bill
gates wanted to change this. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen formed windows, with
the vision to change computing forever. By 1980, they had added a team member:
Steve Ballmer. Ballmer had studied at Harvard alongside Gates, and he began to
help run the company.

The first task for Microsoft was appointed to them by IBM; a
project named “Chess”. Microsoft then begins on a new operating system, in
which they can place their own computer programmes. They name this as,
“MS-DOS.” (Microsoft Disk Operating System). This system ran through a series
of cryptic commands, such as “lock” to lock documents. These commands gradually
become easier to use and become part of daily work for those using the
software.

Windows 1.0 was originally announced in 1983, but not
shipped until 2 years later in 1985. Bill Gates describes the fully packaged
Windows 1.0 as “Unique software designed for the serious PC user…” This version
of windows was a very basic version of what we use today, with scroll bars,
icons and dialog boxes. Windows 2.0 was released in 1987, bringing us desktop
icons, overlapping windows and keyboard shortcuts; Microsoft were all about
easy usability. The following year, Microsoft became the world’s largest PC
software company.

Throughout the 90’s Microsoft continued to build their
reputation, and computers were springing up inside almost every office
imaginable, all being controlled though some version of windows. Windows 95 was
a huge success, selling a record- setting 7 million copies in just over a
month.

Windows continues to impress the public, releasing Windows
Vista, with the strongest security system to have ever been used. And now
Windows vista, released in 2009 specifically designed to take on the wireless
world, selling 7 copies every second, yet another record for Microsoft.