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MICROSOFT CORP EVOLUTION Microsoft is the worlds largest software company with over 50000 employees in various countries around the world It was started in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop BASIC language interpreters for the Altair 8800 microprocessor The BASIC language is what is called a high level language that makes programming less tedious than programming directly in the machine language in this case the 8800 machine instruction set Bill Gates and Paul Allen were trying to develop the program that would convert BASIC language constructs to 8800 machine language The firms second product was its FORTRAN another high level language compiler A compiler does the same thing as an interpreter only a new program is produced in the process of compiling and it is this program that is executed to perform whatever task is desired The third product was a COBOL a high level business oriented language compiler The key moment came for Microsoft in the late 1970s when IBM was planning to enter the personal computer market IBM asked Microsoft to develop an operating system for their PC Microsoft did not do operating systems up to that point in time so they suggested a system called CPM from Digital Research The owner of Digital Research died unexpectedly and negotiations fell through There was another company by the name of Seattle Computer Products had that developed a clone of CPM called Quick and Dirty Operating System QDOS Microsoft purchased all rights for QDOS for 50000 and renamed it MS-DOS and changed the acronyms source to Disk Operating System probably to improve image So Microsoft got its big start not from putting forth a development effort but rather putting forth an effort in the capacity of technology middleman The next part of the MS-DOS story and how it became the standard eventually creating a monopoly is pretty strange IBM feared that MS-DOS and in IBM form IBMDOS could have infringement problems with
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