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March 26, 2001: Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative

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2001 – The reason why I decided to highlight this event is to make you aware that Tablets are not a new thing. Computer companies have been trying to perfect the tablet for many years. in 2001, for example, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates introduces the Tablet PC initiative. Using a Crusoe processor and the XP OS, he shows off a touch screen with Microsoft Notebook handwriting recognition software. This 3 pound revolution weighed only 3 lbs and would cost the average consumer $2,000 – 3,500.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 26

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  • First World Altair Computer Convention is held in New Mexico.
  • Kevin Mitnick pleads guilty
  • Dr. Who comes back out of mothballs.
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July 14: Spotify Comes to the US, Windows 95 is Golden

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July 14, 2011: Spotify comes to the US

2011 – The US waited for this Swedish music streaming service, and on this day, we got it. Founded in 2006, Spotify announced after exhaustive negotiation with four major US record labels, they were given the green light to launch. It came with much praise from the online community. Since then, Spotify was integrated with Facebook, and launched their own apps and app finder.

Meanwhile, in 1995, after 15 million lines and 3 years of programming,Microsoft announces Windows 95 (a.k.a. Chicago) was deemed “Golden.That meant Microsoft could not make any more fixes or adjustments would be made until it’s release on August 24th. Of course, Microsoft Windows 95 was their first 32-bit operating system and considered a major game changer in the world of computers.

Geekazine Fact: Jeffrey Powers got his IT career as a support agent for Windows 95.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 14

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  • 386BSD is released
  • A girl falls into a manhole while texting
  • PalmOne changes back to Palm

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June 11: Steve Ballmer Joins Microsoft

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June 11, 1980: Steve Ballmer is hired as Microsoft’s first Business Manager

1980 - Otherwise known as “The 24th Man” (to join Microsoft, that is), Steve Ballmer came on as Microsoft’s first Business Manager. He made only $50k and stock options. Of course 30 years later, Steve succeeded Bill Gates as CEO of the Redmond based software company.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 11
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  • First Cameraphone picture

    First Cameraphone picture

    Speak and Spell debuts

  • Compaq purchases DEC for $9 million
  • The first cameraphone photo – Philippe Kahn taking a picture of his newborn daughter
  • Apple releases Safari for Windows
  • 1st generation iPhone gets put on the Obsolete list
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