Microsoft founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The two friends had a vision to create a computer language that would bring more people into the world of computing. The company began by developing the BASIC language for the Altair 8800.
Microsoft released its first commercial product, a BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800. The company also moved to its first corporate office in Bellevue, Washington.
Microsoft released the popular Microsoft Word, a word-processing program. Microsoft also became a publicly traded company, with its initial public offering of stock.
Microsoft released its first operating system, MS-DOS. The software quickly became the standard for personal computers.
Microsoft released the Windows operating system. Windows made it easier for users to navigate their computers and quickly became the most popular operating system in the world.