As the tech world prepares for the launch of Windows 8, let’s take a look at Microsoft’s innovation over the last three decades.
For more than 30 years, the company, formed by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, has created products that have changed the way we work, play and communicate.
Firebrand Training, a United Kingdom–based company that offers accelerated IT education and certification, put together an infographic illustrating the impact Microsoft has had over the years.
The large-scale deployment of Microsoft technology in homes, schools and businesses affected not only the lives of consumers but also the lives of the company’s founders. The success of Microsoft propelled Bill Gates to billionaire status in 1986. At the age of 31, Gates was written into the history books as the world’s youngest billionaire, a title now held by former Facebook employee Dustin Moskovitz.
The 1990s proved to be a successful decade for Microsoft Windows. By 1993, the company had over 25 million users. In 1995, Microsoft released its Windows 95 operating system. The Windows 95 system sold 1 million copies in just four days. Microsoft Project Central was released in 1999 and was the first server project-management solution.
After more than 30 years in the game, Microsoft is looking to revamp its brand. The company’s logo change last month is certainly telling of the where the brand is looking to go. The company is also preparing to update its products like Internet Explorer and add new ones to the mix such as the Surface RT.
As Microsoft looks to the future, feel free to take a look back at its past .