The MTS Altair 8800 appears on the cover of popular electronics and serves as inspiration to Paul Allen and Bill Gates in creating a BASIC language program for the Altair.
BASIC, the first computer language program for a PC is sold to MITS of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Microsoft becomes Microsoft Inc., with Bill Gates as President and Chairman of the Board and Paul Allen as Vice President.
Microsoft becomes first computer software company to exceed sales of 1 billion. Annual sale revenues of 1.8 billion.
Microsoft is the first computer software company to create its own Computer-Science Research Organisation.
Microsoft ships Microsoft Windows 3.1 which incorporates more than 1000 software enhancements. Caused unprecedented user demand, with more than 1 million advanced orders worldwide.
The first multimedia encyclopedia designed for computers is available.
Microsoft acquires leading developer in 2-D and 3-D computer animation and visualization software.
Microsoft and Dreamworks decide to work together to develop a new software specializing in interactive and multimedia entertainment purposes.
*The Microsoft Network Online Service
This makes MSN one of the largest internet service providers.
Microsoft XBOX launches, offering the only system on the market designed for gaming.