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April 4, 1975: Microsoft Founded

1975– Paul Allen and Bill Gates founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, NM. The company was founded there simply because that is where Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) is located. The duo was building BASIC for the Altair 8800. Wikazine – Full show notes for April 4 The Yorkshire Posse attacks 13 corporate sites Gmail is integrated into Google calendar Mosaic is founded. It would later become Netscape Communications Corp. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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April 3, 1973: First Cell Phone Call

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone. Wikazine – Full show notes for April 3 Atari declares today Pac Man Day The first Telnet specification IBM introduces the PC Convertable Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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March 25, 1994: Microsoft Excel 4.0

1994 – Microsoft released Excel 4.0. It included an easter egg animation of the Excel logo crushing the numbers 1-2-3. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 24 Other Day in Tech History items: AOL and eBay cross marketing agreement Excel 4.0 is released The first Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS | More

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March 17, 1988: Apple Sues Microsoft, HP over GUI

1988 – The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is what we use daily to open up email, our web browser and even those apps on your smartphone or tablet. With the first real GUI came the first copyright infringement for it as Apple sued both Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard for stealing features from Macintosh’s interface. Hewlett Packard was also named for their New Wave desktop environment. Missing from the suit is Microsoft Presentation Manager, which became the interface for IBM’s OS/2. The lawsuit got muddied when Xerox sued Apple for the same thing. That instance got thrown out rather quick. But the original...

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February 18, 1983: Paul Allen Resigns from Microsoft

1983 – From Paul Allen’s interview in 2011: “I heard Bill and Steve speaking heatedly in Bill’s office and paused outside to listen in. It was easy to get the gist of the conversation. They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. Unable to stand it any longer, I burst in on them and shouted, ‘This is unbelievable! It shows your true character, once and for all!!’ “ Allen had just been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. After eavesdropping on that conversation he decided to...

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February 17, 2009: DTV Delay in the United States

2009 – It was the day we were suppose to switch our televisions to the Digital TV (DTV) system. However surveys stated that many people in the US either did not know of the DTV switch or did not upgrade their televisions with converter boxes. Some TV stations made their own decision to switch to Digital, but it was agreed that the DTV update would be pushed back until June. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 17 Apple QuickTake 100 Camera is released XBox cord recall Windows 2000 unveiled Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! iTunes | Android | RSS...

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February 4, 2014: Satya Nadella Becomes CEO of Microsoft

2014 – Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. The change happened immediately after the appointment. Ballmer announced his retirement on Aug 23, 2013 and would step down the moment a new CEO was named. Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. He has spearheaded Microsoft’s Cloud infrastructure, along with the server and tools business. “Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft,” said Steve Ballmer. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership...

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January 13, 2000: Steve Ballmer Takes the Reins

2000 – Microsoft CEO Bill Gates announces he will be stepping down from his role but remain on the Board and embrace a new role as Chief software architect. Steve Ballmer will take over the CEO role and also remain president. Love him or hate him, Ballmer kept Microsoft running and helped raise annual revenues. Ballmer would remain CEO of Microsoft until February 2014, then take over as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Bill Gates continued on the board. In 2014 he stepped down to Technology Advisor. Gates is also co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation Wikazine –...

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