Category: Microsoft

Microsoft: a company started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen when they bought DOS to try to incorporate it on IBM machines. Since then, Microsoft went on to produce Windows Operating System, the XBox and other various technologies. Wikipedia: Microsoft

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October 20, 1997: Microsoft in Contempt

1997 – Microsoft violated a July 1994 consent decree, so 3 years later, the US Justice department decides to hold Microsoft in contempt. This was the ongoing issues with Internet Explorer bundled in Windows 95. The Justice department wants Microsoft to pay $1 Million a day until Microsoft stops bundling. Microsoft says they have the right to bundle software with the operating system. This was an ongoing battle for Antitrust issues. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 20 David Packard of HP opens the Monterey Bay Aquarium Atari 400/800 patent The first Ubuntu Linux distribution is launched...

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October 13, 1999: Priceline Lawsuit on Microsoft, Expedia

1999- Priceline filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and its Expedia travel service. The suit outlined how they violated U.S. patent number 5,794,207, “Method and Apparatus for a Cryptographically Assisted Network System Designed to Facilitate Buyer-Driven Conditional Purchase Offers.” The two sites come to terms in 2001, in where Microsoft pays a fine. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 13 Microsoft tries to acquire Intuit ATI & NVidia antitrust is closed NBCOlympics.com stats Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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September 22, 1999: eBay Auction of $10 Million in Marijuana

1999 – an ebay user (litterally) puts 500 pounds of Marijuana on the auction block. The auction itself hits up to 10 million dollars. eBay finds out and pulls down the auction, but it does say something for the power of illegal drugs over the internet. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 22 Intel launches several Celeron D chips Microsoft opens the San Antonio center Compaq Deskpro 4000N debuts Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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September 21, 1994: Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 released

1994 – Microsoft releases the second version of the Windows NT OS – Windows NT 3.5 in two flavors; NT Workstation and NT Server. This replaced NT 3.1 and was the first Windows NT version to have a Server and Workstation version. NT 3.5 integrated Winsock and TCP/IP support for dial-up and networking. NT 3.5 also initiated FTP and LPR printer support. The VFAT option also allowed for naming conventions up to 255 characters. This version was a problematic one, especially since it couldn’t install on a machine with a Pentium processor inside. Therefore, NT 3.5.1 was released in 1995...

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September 16, 1997: Microsoft WebTV, Steve Jobs back at Apple

1997- Microsoft purchased WebTV back in April for $425 Million.  It didn’t take long for the Justice department to clear the purchase, so Microsoft geared down to integrate the WebTV machine.  Today, Microsoft showed off the new and improved WebTV. Unfortunately, it was still using Dial up. Back in 97, broadband wasn’t a common thing in the house. Still, it would have been great for people that wanted to choose.By the way, you can still get a WebTV box. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for September 16 Steve Jobs officially resigns from Apple 12 Years later, Steve Jobs...

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August 30, 1995: Microsoft Office 95 Released

1995 – Just a few days after the launch of Windows95, Microsoft puts out the newest version of the Office software. Technically, it’s called “Office 7.0″, but Microsoft wanted to brand it as a companion to the newest operating system. Therefore, it became “Office 95″.The newest version included Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Mail software. This new version ran in 32 bit, so Windows 95 could utilize it to the best of it’s ability. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 30 Apple unveils the PowerMac G4 Facebook “Live Feed” Sony shuts down “Connect” Podcast: Play in new window...

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August 24, 2011: Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO – 1995: Windows 95 Released

2011 – Steve Jobs, unable to continue due to failing health, officially puts his resignation in to Apple. He asks for his successor to be Tim Cook, then COO of Apple. The Board of Directors agree and announce the changing of CEO. The official resignation letter read: To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community: I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. The official resignation letter read: I hereby...

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August 13, 2008: Datallegro, XPrime and Microsoft

Datallegro – a warehouse application – had been sued by XPrime, where Cary Jardin (CEO of Datallegro) used to work. Datallegro was in mid acquisition by Microsoft at the time. The acquisition completed on Sept 16, 2008. The suit was analyzed by critics as “not relevant”. No word on how that suit ended. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for August 13 ICCP is founded Atari sues Amiga Apple’s Rooftop is burning Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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