How Microsoft has evolved and grown over the decades

MatthewA By MatthewA, 24th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Microsoft Corp is the biggest IT software company. As such, its software titles are among the best established PC software. Founded in 1975, the company is based in Washington.

How Microsoft has evolved and grown over the decades

As mentioned, Microsoft started producing software in the 1970s. However, the big break for Microsoft came during the 1980s with its partnership with IBM. IBM gave its full support for Microsoft DOS OS for the IBM PC. As such, DOS became the OS for IBMs during this time.

By the 1990s, Microsoft moved away from the DOS OS in favor of WIMP OS. WIMPs were Windows-based operating systems that were starting to emerge, and Microsoft began releasing its own Microsoft Windows OS in the early 1990s. As the Windows OS advanced, the company replaced the DOS OS entirely.

The Microsoft Windows OS has since emerged as the dominant PC OS. As such, Microsoft Windows is currently the primary product of Microsoft. Some of its most notable Windows operating systems include some of the following: Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Today, Windows 7 brought new options and features to the Windows franchise.

Aside from Microsoft Windows, Microsoft also has some other notable software titles. The Microsoft Office software suite is considered one of the top office software suites. The Microsoft Office 2010 includes some of the following Microsoft software: Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. As such, the suite has word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation and PIM software.

Microsoft also has Web-related software such as web browsers. The Internet Explorer Web browser is one of the best established browsers. In addition to this, Microsoft also has the search engine Bing, although this remains overshadowed by Google's search engine.

Microsoft also produces game software. The most notable Microsoft game titles include the likes of the Age of Empires game series, Rise of Nations, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X. In addition to this, some Halo game titles have also been on the Windows platform.

However, Microsoft Corp has moved away from Windows software towards console hardware and games. Namely, its own Xbox 360 game console with its multi-media features and game titles. Microsoft's Halo game series, such as Halo 3 and Halo Reach, have been among the Xbox game console's top game titles.

Overall, Microsoft Corp have its critics. However, few can deny the company's best software titles are among the best software. As such, Microsoft remains at the forefront of PC software. For more details, the Microsoft website is recommended.


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