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Microsoft History: Year 1

Who are the founders of Microsoft?

Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

When did design and development efforts start at Microsoft?

Microsoft started design and development efforts in January 1975.

When did Microsoft launch commercially?

Microsoft released its first product in March 1975.

When was Microsoft incorporated?

Microsoft incorporated as Microsoft Corporation in June 1981.

When did Microsoft go public?

Microsoft started trading on the NASDAQ in March 1986.

Where was Microsoft headquartered?

Microsoft was/is headquartered in Seattle (USA).

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What happened during the year 1 of Microsoft?


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Month 12

What was the version 1 of Microsoft's first product like?

MAR 1975

What are some of the pre-IPO stats for Microsoft?

1975 to 1978

1979 to 1980

1983 to 1986

What were some of the extra materials about Microsoft?

An open letter to hobbyists.pdf

1976 FEB An open letter to hobbyists

2012 MAR Idea Man author Paul Allen

2020 DEC Roots of Microsoft