Microsoft launches Windows Server 2008. Windows Server 2008 inherits most of the technical, security, management and administrative features like improved image-based installation, deployment and recovery; improved diagnostics, monitoring; new security features such as BitLocker and address space layout randomization (ASLR); the improved Windows Firewall with secure default configuration and much more.
Microsoft launched SQL Server 2008. SQL Server 2008 Express is a free edition of SQL Server that is an ideal data platform for learning and building desktop and small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs.
Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2008. It includes a code editor supporting IntelliSense (the code completion component) as well as code refactoring. The integrated debugger works both as a source-level debugger and a machine-level debugger.
Microsoft launches Windows Vista. New features of Windows Vista include an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Aero, a new search component called Windows Search, redesigned networking, audio, print and display sub-systems, and new multimedia tools such as Windows DVD Maker.
Microsoft Office 2007 was launched to consumers worldwide. Office 2007 introduced a new graphical user interface called the Fluent User Interface, which uses ribbons and an Office menu instead of menu bars and toolbars.
Microsoft launches Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 features an online service, Xbox Live, allows users to: play games online; download games (through Xbox Live Arcade) and game demos; purchase and stream music, television programs, and films through the Xbox Music and Xbox Video portals; and access third-party content services through media streaming applications.
Microsoft launches Microsoft Office System. New features in Office 2003 include information rights management; new collaboration features; improved support for SharePoint, smart tags, and XML; and extended use of Office Online services.
Microsoft launches Windows Server 2003. It includes compatibility modes to allow older applications to run with greater stability. It was made more compatible with Windows NT 4.0 domain-based networking.
Xbox is a video gaming brand created and owned by Microsoft. It represents a series of video game consoles developed by Microsoft.
Microsoft launches Windows XP. This comes with a more intuitive user interface, improved hardware support, and expanded multimedia capabilities.
Microsoft launches Office XP. New features in Office XP include smart tags, a selection-based search feature that recognizes different types of text in a document; a task pane interface - menu bar; new document collaboration capabilities, support for MSN Groups and SharePoint; and integrated handwriting recognition and speech recognition capabilities.
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer outline Microsoft’s .NET strategy for Web services.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Gates donating stocks valued at $5 billion in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is considered among the largest and most notable private foundation in the World holding close to $50 billion in assets. The foundation aims at improving healthcare, expanding education opportunities and reducing extreme poverty.
Microsoft launches Windows 2000. This version introduces NTFS 3.0, Encrypting File System, as well as basic and dynamic disk storage.
Microsoft launches Windows 98. It is a heavily web-integrated operating system, with most of the improvements being cosmetic or designed to improve the user experience. But there are a handful of features that enhance system functionality and capabilities. These include improved USB support and accessibility, as well as support for hardware advancements such as DVD players.
Riding the success of MS DOS and his other successful software during the PC revolution Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world at the age of 39 in 1995 by Forbes.
Microsoft launches Windows 95. Microsoft also introduces Internet Explorer to the world, as part of Windows 95.
Although MS DOS had established, Windows 95 was arguably the game-changer in personal computer software. It gave the most commercially successful version of a GUI using the WIMP “window, icon, menu and pointing device” paradigm with revolutionary features like plug and play and multitasking.
Microsoft launches Windows 3.0 . Like its predecessors, it is not an operating system, but rather a graphical operating environment that runs on top of DOS. It features a new graphical user interface (GUI) where applications are represented as clickable icons.
In the 1987 issue of the Forbes magazine, Bill Gates was listed among the 400 richest people in America. He was estimated to be worth $1.25 billion and was the world’s youngest self-made billionaire to be recognized by the magazine, at the age of 31.
Microsoft stock goes public. One year later, at age 31, Gates becomes the youngest billionaire ever.
Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 1.0 . It is a graphical personal computer operating environment developed by Microsoft.
In 1980, IBM was in touch with Bill Gates and Microsoft. Bill took the opportunity to become the exclusive licensing agent of a software 86 DOS or Q-DOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System). Microsoft then delivered it to IBM as PC DOS or MS DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System). As a result there was a rapid growth of licenses for MS-DOS. By the early 1990s, Microsoft had sold more than one hundred million copies of MS-DOS making it one of the most successful software ever written.
Microsoft incorporates and buys the rights to the operating system “DOS” from Seattle Computer Products. The system is modified and renamed MS-DOS, and the company licenses it to IBM for the company’s new personal computer.
MITS, the maker of the world’s first personal computer, hired Allen, and Gates Allen named their partnership "Micro-Soft", a combination of "microcomputer" and "software", and their first office was in Albuquerque. They dropped the hyphen within a year and officially registered the trade name "Microsoft".
Developed in 1963, BASIC had become a popular programming language in a few year. Both Gates and his friend Allen Paul made a code with this language for the Altair microcomputer machine.
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Gates scored 1590 out of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn of 1973. He chose a pre-law major but took mathematics and graduate level computer science courses.
Gates was 17 when he formed a venture with Allen called Traf-O-Data to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor.
Gates is enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive private school in Seattle, where he befriends Paul Allen. Gates was a National Merit Scholar when he graduated from Lakeside School in 1973.