Microsoft is undoubtedly one of the biggest tech companies in the world. It’s been just that for several decades now. Almost everyone knows what Microsoft is, and what the brand is all about. Almost every household in the world with technology has something related to Microsoft. And it doesn’t show any signs of stopping anytime soon. However, it started off from very humble beginnings.
Back in the mid-70s, it was Bill Gates and Paul Allen who came up with an interpreter and a simulator, both of which were designed so well that there were no hiccups when they operated together. It was an instant hit when the project was presented to the public in ’75. In fact, a lot of industry experts, technology consultants, and even government officials predicted this interpreter-simulator pair to be the next big thing in the tech industry. A company was built on this invention, and its name was Microsoft. Bill Gates would go on to lead it into the future.
Five years later, another industry leader, IBM, started using Microsoft’s OS in its computers. Microsoft would earn a percentage for every IBM unit sold in the market. That was how it was going to be for the next five years, with both tech giants making a killing in the tech market.
In 1985, Microsoft developed two operating systems, with one for IBM, and the other, it did in secret. The secret OS, which was almost exactly the same as the second one Microsoft handed to IBM, would be made available to everyone. This third OS catapulted Microsoft above all other competitors. The company even surpassed IBM.
This was the start of global domination for Microsoft.
Edmund O’Brien currently serves as the CEO of the Americas at Arvato Bertelsmann. He has held several positions in other companies in many different countries in the past including Microsoft. For more on him and his work, follow this Facebook page.