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The electronic computer has been around for over a half-century but its ancestors have been around for 2000 years From abacus to our modern souped up computer with the Intel Pentium III processor the computer has come an incredibly long way One of the most significant events that would affect its development would be the teaming up of IBM and Microsoft to create a new operating system for the microcomputer The synergy of these two corporations would change the way we compute today The noteriety from this partnership would propell Microsoft into the forefront of sofware design and development and create an industry standard to be followed by all In July of 1980 IBM a 30 billion dollar giant in the computing industry offered Microsoft Corporation who at the time consisted of a staff 40 Cashman 137 the opportunity to design a new operating system for their new IBM personal computer IBM had observed an increased market for the personal computer for quite some time eventhough they had already failed once trying to tap the market with their IBM 5100 IBM had considered several options regarding the development of their new personal computer including buying a little known computer game company named Atari In the end IBM decided that they would proceed with their plans to build a new computer line with a new operating system On August 12th 1981 IBM introduced a new computer called the IBM PC The PC was short for personal computer making IBM responsible for the acronym PC Inventors Microsoft bought the rights to the another operating system called Q-DOS Quick and Dirty Operating System from Seattle Computer Products for 50000 without the company ever knowing that it was for the behemoth IBM Delany Bill Gates of Microsoft would talk IBM into allowing his company to retain the rights to market the MS-DOS MicroSoft Dirty Operating System operating system separate from the IBM PC
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