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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December 7, 1978: Microsoft Staff Picture

1978 – It is one of the most infamous pictures in tech today. This is the Microsoft crew. Can you guess which one is Bill Gates? The picture was updated in 2008 when the group (except Bob Wallace, who passed away in 2002) got back together for Bill Gates last few days at Microsoft (below). The staff picture includes: Bill Gates, Andrea Lewis, Marla Wood, Paul Allen (2nd row) Bob O’Rear, Bob Greenberg (who helped launch Cabbage Patch Kids), Marc McDonald, Gordon Letwin, (3rd row) Steve Wood, Bob Wallace (passed away in 2002) and Jim Lane. This Day in Tech...

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November 22, 1994: Sega Saturn Released

1994 – The Sega Saturn is released featuring 2 28.6 MHz processors running 32 bit. It had 2 video display processors, QSound surround and 2 MB of memory, with 1.5MB of video memory. It went for 44,800 Yen, or $450. 2005 – Microsoft launches the XBOX 360. It contained a IBM PowerPC with 3 cores at 3.2 GHz a core. It contained a 500 MHz ATI card and 512 MB of RAM. There were several versions starting at $249 and going up to $399. The limited Halo 3 version had a specially crafted case. This Day in Tech History podcast...

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November 17, 2008: Jerry Yang Steps down as Yahoo! CEO

2008 – After battle upon battle between Microsoft, Google and shareholders (including Carl Icahn), Jerry Yang finally announced to all he was stepping down as CEO of Yahoo! The previous days, Steve Ballmer said they are not going forward with any future purchase of Yahoo! Because of this, stock hit it’s lowest share price, $8. That, the failed Google affiliation (due to antitrust issues), and a very despondent group of investors, Jerry felt it best to step back in his roll. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 17 USB 3.0 Specification is released Apple vs. Carl Sagan...

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November 14: Computer Dealer Exhibition – COMDEX

During the 80’s and 90’s, there was a little show called COMDEX. It stood for Computer Dealer Exhibition. For a while, there were 2 versions: The Spring COMDEX (Alternating for a while between Altanta and Chicago) and the Fall COMDEX (Las Vegas). The show was attended by many and there were vendors galore. I remember seeing Bill Gates at the 1998 Comdex for the Blue screen error when they plugged in a scanner. I also saw President William Clinton give a keynote.COMDEX finally fell in 2003. Nonetheless, a lot of History falls between this time and about April from the...

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November 8, 1993: Windows for Workgroups 3.11

1993 – Microsoft releases the OS Windows for Workgroups 3.11 – which is the last big release before Windows 95. It was built to connect better with Windows NT for businesses. It also had updates to improve stability and system performance. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 8 Bubbleboy worm DirectX 9 is released Eric Schmidt bows out of Barak Obama’s search for a CTO Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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November 5,1999: Microsoft Found a Monopoly

1999 – It was over 12 years that we saw Microsoft go through the Department of Justice over Monopoly issues. US district Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued a 207 page Findings of fact on this day. In it, he ruled that Microsoft did have a Monopoly power over the OS in the Intel market. During the week we talked about what leads up to this 207 page ruling. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 5 Aurora SPARC Linux is released Abilene network segment is upgraded to 10 Gbps Google drops the Yahoo – Google deal in pressure...

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November 2, 1931: DuPont DuPrene (Neoprene) Introduced

1931 – E.I. DuPont announces to the world they have come up with a new substance that is a Synthetic rubber called DuPrene. Made from Acetylene, salt and rubber, this combination would eventually be renamed NeoPrine in 1937. The announcement was made at the American Chemical Society in Akron, Ohio. This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 2 2001 – Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice reach terms on Antitrust 2002 – DeLi Linux is released 2007 – Lenovo removes IBM label from computers Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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October 28, 1955: Bill Gates Birthday

1955 – William Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates has a son. William Gates III was born in Seattle, WA. Bill Gates, of course, went on to start Microsoft. Bill was CEO of Microsoft until he retired in 2008. In 2000, he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Interestingly enough, 30 years later in 1985, Bill Gates put Microsoft up for IPO. That’s a birthday present… This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 28 Apple unveils MessagePad2000 Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes into Law Palm merges Handspring – forms PalmOne Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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