Category: Microsoft

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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! Apple Podcasts | 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! Apple Podcasts | 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 25, 2002: Gigabyte, Female Hacker of Sharpei, C#

1999 – Microsoft’s newest programming language at the time – C# (pronounced “C-Sharp”) was hacked on this day. The perpetrator was a seventeen year old female hacker from Belgium, calling herself “Gigabyte”. 2002 – Gigabyte posts the source code to the virus on her website. Kim Vanvaeck would be arrested in 2004 for writing the malicious code. The reason why she did it? I want to let people (and especially guys) know there ARE girls out there who like computers and for more than games. I think that’s quite important … for all girls out there who know something about...

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February 17, 2000: Microsoft Windows 2000 Released

2000 – Microsoft released the next version of the Windows Operating system in Windows 2000. Also known at Windows NT 5.0, it was the beginning of merging the NT and 9x versions. Of course, the companion was Windows ME, which didn’t do too well. The end result streamlined the two OS into Windows XP. Wikazine – Full show notes for February 17 Apple QuickTake 100 Camera is released XBox cord recall DTV in the US was suppose to happen today, but was delayed Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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February 1, 2008: Microsoft Bids Yahoo, 2012: Facebook Files IPO

2008 – Microsoft officially made a move to put a bid in for Yahoo! They announced a plan of $31 a share, which was 62 percent of premium common stock from Yahoo! This was not the first time Microsoft had made a play for the company, but this was the most covered by press. Yahoo! would eventually decline the offer of Microsoft, claiming they undervalued the company. This would bring Carl Ichan to the forefront which would lead to months of speculation and debate.  Although Yahoo! did not take the bid, they did end up selling the search assets in 2009 under...

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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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January 2, 1975: Gates and Allen BASIC for MITS

1975 – Bill Gates and Paul Allen write a letter to the Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry System (MITS) stating they have BASIC language for the Intel 8080 processor and would like to incorporate on the Altair computer in exchange for royalty payments. MITS agrees and Micro-soft was born. Later it would become Microsoft. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 2 Coleco sells Adam Intel recalls 1.3 GHz chips EMC purchases SourceLabs Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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