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Welcome to The History of Microsoft. A video series that gives you a rare glimpse into the story behind the software giant. Using rare footage and never-before-seen photos we break down Microsoft's history by year. Every Thursday we will air a brand new episode beginning with 1975 where The History of Microsoft begins when the ALTAIR 8800 appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics inspiring two young men Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop BASIC language software for it. Tune in.

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Welcome to The History of Microsoft. A video series that gives you a rare glimpse into the story behind the software giant. Using rare footage and never-before-seen photos we break down Microsoft's history by year. Every Thursday we will air a brand new episode beginning with 1975 where The History of Microsoft begins when the ALTAIR 8800 appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics inspiring two young men Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop BASIC language software for it. Tune in.

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    Excel 25th Anniversary - Part Two

    Excel 25th Anniversary - Part Two

    Part Two of The Excel 25th Anniversary Video brings us into the present and then takes us into the future of this popular product. We dive into Web Apps, The Cloud, and all things Excel 2010 as we explore the power of software. Be sure to check out Part One where you get a chance to meet some of the pioneers behind the product.

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    Excel 25th Anniversary - Part One

    Excel 25th Anniversary - Part One

    Here at Microsoft, we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Microsoft Excel by taking a look through its compelling and dramatic history, which is filled with great tech tidbits. In this video, we talk to Scott Oki, Charles Simonyi, Jeff Raikes, and other visionaries behind Excel. We go back to the beginning of the story with Multiplan, MS-DOS, and Lotus 1-2-3. The initial codename for Excel was "Odyssey" and that project kicked off in 1983. Now, watch to learn more. Part Two will air tomorrow.

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    The History of Microsoft - The Jeff Raikes Story: Part Two

    The History of Microsoft - The Jeff Raikes Story: Part Two

    Jeff Raikes is the Visionary behind

    Microsoft Office. In
    Part One, we got a great glimpse into Jeff's history and the history of the technology industry. In Part Two, Jeff Raikes talks about Odyssey, which was the codename for Microsoft Excel. Jeff explains making, along with Bill Gates, the tough decision of
    shifting Odyssey from the PC and instead focusing its initial release on the Apple Macintosh. He also talks about the dominant word processing products WordStar and Word Perfect, and about having an idea in 1987 for a presentation product before discovering
    Forethought, which had a product called PowerPoint.

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    The History of Microsoft - The Jeff Raikes Story: Part One

    The History of Microsoft - The Jeff Raikes Story: Part One

    Jeff Raikes left Apple in 1981 and became the visionary behind

    Microsoft Office. This is Part One of the Jeff Raikes story for
    The History of Microsoft series. Jeff's entire story is told with great visuals; we dug through thousands of old tapes and photographs to bring you this compelling documentary, which takes an incredible look into the history of technology, what life was like at Apple in 1980, how Jeff taught
    himself to program on an Apple II, and his first assignment, which was working on Visicalc, the first electronic spreadsheet.
    Jeff also discusses why he left Apple, and what it was like to work for Steve Jobs and then Steve Ballmer before coming to
    Microsoft at a time when there were only about 100 employees. He also tells great stories about Microsoft hiding the protype to the IBM personal computer and how Microsoft Office
    came to see the light of day.

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    The History of Microsoft - 1999: The Series Finale!

    The History of Microsoft - 1999: The Series Finale!

    I want to thank everyone for their support of The History of Microsoft series here on Channel 9. I had a great time creating it and I hope you enjoyed watching it. 1999 is
    the Series finale because we may try and do something a bit different for the last decade which would include the years 2000 to 2009. Maybe go a bit more indepth. We haven't decided and they have not been shot yet. Thanks again for the support and enjoy
    The History of Microsoft 1999. For Microsoft, 1999 is the end of the decade but just the beginning of more growth. Microsoft is one of the first software companies to create its own computer science research organization,
    called MSR. Internet Explorer 5.0 is introduced by Bill Gates at a launch event on the Microsoft campus in Redmond and MSN Mobile the newest addition to the MSN(TM) network of Internet services is available.
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    1976,
    1977,
    1978,
    1979,
    1980,
    1981,
    1982,
    1983,
    1984,
    1985,
    1986,
    1987,
    1988,
    1989,
    1990,
    1991,
    1992,
    1993,
    1994,
    1995,
    1996,
    1997,
    1998
    1999

    1999 Revenue/Headcount
    The 1999 fiscal year-end sales total $19,750,000,000. The 1999 fiscal Year employee headcount totals 31,396 people.
    Official Subsidiaries Launched: SIA Microsoft Latvija, Microsoft Bulgaria EOOD, Microsoft Trinidad & Tobago Limited (Jamaica),Microsoft Tunisie S.A.R.L. (Tunisia), Microsoft Bolivia S.R.L.

    International Sales Offices Established: Microsoft Kuwait, Microsoft Corporation Lebanon
    January 6, 1999Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po Say 'Eh-0h' to MicrosoftMicrosoft is awarded the license to produce ActiMates Interactive Teletubbies, based on the international children's phenomenon. The ActiMate "Teletubbies" are the first interactive toys created for children from one year old and will interact with children
    by responding to touch through a series of sensors.
    February 1, 1999
    Microsoft is one of the first software companies to c

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    The History of Microsoft - 1998

    The History of Microsoft - 1998

    For Microsoft, 1998 means a changing of the guard as Bill Gates appoints Steve Ballmer president of Microsoft. Microsoft Corporation's Board of Directors approves a 2-for-1 split of its common
    shares and The U.S. Justice Department and 20 state attorneys general file an antitrust suit against Microsoft, charging the company with abusing its market power to thwart competition.
    Previous Episodes:
    1975,

    1976,
    1977,
    1978,
    1979,
    1980,
    1981,
    1982,
    1983,
    1984,
    1985,
    1986,
    1987,
    1988,
    1989,
    1990,
    1991,
    1992,
    1993,
    1994,
    1995,
    1996,
    1997
    1998
    The 1998 fiscal year-end sales total $14,480,000,000.

    The 1998 fiscal Year employee headcount totals 27,055 people.
    Official Subsidiaries Launched: Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited, Microsoft El Salvador S.A. de C.V., Microsoft Arabia
    January 26, 1998
    Microsoft will add two new Actimates learning system characters to its product lineup. Marc Brown's Arthur, and Arthur's little sister, D.W., will be introduced at Toy Fair in New York on Feb. 9. They join preschool Barney™, who debuted last year as the first
    ActiMates plush character.
    January 26, 1998
    Microsoft Corporation's Board of Directors approves a 2-for-1 split of its common shares. Shareholders will receive one additional common share held on the record date of February 6, 1998. As of December 31, 1997, Microsoft had approximately
    1.2 billion common shares outstanding.
    February 5, 1998
    Microsoft realigns its product groups to respond to changing consumer and market needs. The reorganization focuses the product groups on investing in Windows with the goal of delivering simplicity and scalability, allowing businesses to maximize
    their competitive advantage through their digital nervous system, and promoting the Web lifestyle.
    March 4, 1998
    Microsoft makes a minority investment in General Magic. Agreements between the two companies include an equity investment as well as the licensing of cer

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