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Microsoft: origins

1975
Microsoft: origins
  • In 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, two young men with a vision, began a start-up called Microsoft.
  • This was at a time when typewriters were still used and few had heard of microcomputers.
  • A few years after it was founded, Steve Ballmer was asked by Gates to join the company.
  • Their first project was MS-DOS, an operating system to help computer programs run.

The inception of Windows

20 Nov 1985
The inception of Windows
  • From the original MS-DOS, Windows was built, a much better operating system, which used a mouse to navigate around instead of typing in MsS-DOS commands.
  • Windows 1.0 was shipped on 20 November 1985.
  • Since then, there have been updates to Windows every few years; newer versions, each having some advancements.
  • In 1988, Microft became the largest PC software company in the world.

The success story of Windows XP

25 Oct 2001
The success story of Windows XP
  • On 25 October 2001, Windows XP was launched with great success.
  • It became a bestseller with the Start menu, the Control Panel and taskbar becoming more intuitive. Other features were also inherently more accessible and user friendly.
  • It was reliable, secure and fast, with a fresh visual design and features like remote desktop support, Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker and digital photo support.

The next generations of Windows

2006
The next generations of Windows
  • The next version to be released was Vista in 2006, which had enhancements to the media player; the look was also redesigned.
  • Windows 7, the next upgrade was the first to start the touch, allowing touchscreen users to flip through webpages, photos etc.
  • It increased functionality and provided a more fun interface with Snap, Peek and Shake.
  • By this time, laptops were outselling desktops.

The Windows 8 gaffe

2012
The Windows 8 gaffe
  • Microsoft gambled with Windows 8, managing an engineering triumph- with several new features but disappointed most users.
  • The interface was more touch oriented and caused problems for those who were upgrading from older hardware.
  • The new user interface was confusing and the lack of a Start button was inexplicable.
  • The newly added Charms bar, with the hovering over the hot corners was rather frustrating.

Microsoft is back in the game

3 Aug 2015
Microsoft is back in the game
  • Microsoft has come out with the latest update to Windows- the Windows 10 improving on Windows 8.
  • Even though it is only being rolled out in phases, Microsoft announced that there are almost 14 million users already.
  • With Windows 10 being the first version to be available free of cost to all users, Microsoft should be looking at a very large number of upgraders.

So, what are the new features?

3 Aug 2015
So, what are the new features?
  • For starters, the familiar old Start Menu is back, at the lower left-hand corner; the Live Tiles from 8 remain, but are situated inside the Start menu, not taking up the entire screen.
  • The hot corners all over the screen in Windows 8 are gone.
  • Internet Explorer has been replaced with a faster browser called Edge. There's a new Siri-like virtual assistant called Cortana.

The Windows 10 vision

3 Aug 2015
The Windows 10 vision
  • Windows 10 seems to accept that it went too futuristic with Windows 8 and attempts to re-establish Microsoft's erstwhile hegemony.
  • 10 still keeps the vision of being an operating system that bridges the gap between different devices.
  • The touchscreen vision from Windows 8 remains; on a 2-in-1 device like Surface Pro-3, there's an option to switch off the keyboard and use the touch only.

The pros and cons of Windows 10

3 Aug 2015
The pros and cons of Windows 10
  • Edge still clings to features of Internet Explorer that were horrors and is not too user friendly.
  • Cortana, however, is a great addition which can handle local searches, answer questions. It's cloud powered, meaning it can be downloaded on Android.
  • Security has been increased on 10, allowing fingerprint scanning- but the hardware isn't available on all computers. 10 is still a work in progress.

The Microsoft billionaire

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Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, dropped out of Harvard to start the company. At the moment, he is worth $79.6 billion and is the richest person in the world, having held the title for 16 out of the last 21 years.