The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003): Microsoft
The new Evil Empire (the old one was IBM). The basic complaints are, as
formerly with IBM, that (a) their system designs are horrible botches, (b)
we can't get source to fix them, and (c) they throw their weight around a
lot. See also Halloween Documents.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018): Microsoft Corporation
The biggest supplier of operating systems and
other software for IBM PC compatibles. Software products
include MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows NT,
Microsoft Access, LAN Manager, MS Client, SQL Server,
Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC), MS Mail, and SNA
Server for Windows NT.
Microsoft was founded as "Micro-soft" in 1975 by Bill Gates
(now CEO) and his high school pal Paul Allen. Their first
product was a version of BASIC for the new Altair computer
[which one?]. In 1980, IBM chose Microsoft to supply the
operating system for the IBM PC.
On the UK television program "The Net" in May 1994, Bill
Gates said he was betting his company on the information
Quarterly sales $1293M, profits $362M (Aug 1994).
Interesting Info and Other Microsoft WWW Servers
Microsoft Windows Developer Information
Microsoft Research Group Information
maintained by the Personal Operating Systems Division to
distribute information on Microsoft Windows, MS-DOS and