The biggest supplier of operating systems and other software for IBM PC compatibles. Software products include MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, Microsoft Access, LAN Manager, MS Client, SQL Server, Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC), MS Mail, and SNA Server for Windows NT.
Microsoft was founded as “Micro-soft” in 1975 by Bill Gates (now CEO) and his high school pal Paul Allen. Their first product was a version of BASIC for the new Altair computer [which one?]. In 1980, IBM chose Microsoft to supply the operating system for the IBM PC.
On the UK television program “The Net” in May 1994, Bill Gates said he was betting his company on the information highway”.
Quarterly sales $1293M, profits $362M (Aug 1994).
Interesting Info and Other Microsoft WWW Servers (http://www-drg.microsoft.com/devinfo.htm).
Microsoft Windows Developer Information (http://www-drg.microsoft.com/devinfo.htm).
Microsoft Research Group Information (http://research.microsoft.com).
Win_News (http://microsoft.com/chicago/ms-www/ms-intro.htm). maintained by the Personal Operating Systems Division to distribute information on Microsoft Windows, MS-DOS and Windows 95.
- Microsoft data access components
database (MDAC) Microsoft’s umbrella term for their ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), OLE DB, and Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) libraries. Together, these provide access to a variety of data sources, both relational (SQL) and nonrelational. MDAC is the technology that supports Universal Data Access, Microsoft’s strategy for providing access to information across the enterprise. (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/mdacsdk/htm/mdacstartpage1.asp). (2004-02-17)
- Microsoft disc operating system
spelling Microsoft Disk Operating System
- Microsoft disk operating system
operating system /M S doss/ (Or “MS-DOS”, “PC-DOS”, “MS-DOG”, “mess-dos”) Microsoft Corporation’s clone of the CP/M disk operating system for the 8088 crufted together in 6 weeks by hacker Tim Paterson, who is said to have regretted it ever since. MS-DOS is a single user operating system that runs one program at a time and […]
- Microsoft dos
Microsoft Disk Operating System