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40 years of Microsoft: 40 milestones in Microsoft's history

40 years ago, on April 4, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, friends from Lakeside School in Seattle, formed a little partnership.

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Updated:April 4, 2015, 7:59 AM IST
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40 years of Microsoft: 40 milestones in Microsoft's history
40 years ago, on April 4, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, friends from Lakeside School in Seattle, formed a little partnership.

40 years ago, on April 4, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, friends from Lakeside School in Seattle, formed a little partnership. Gates was 19 and Allen 22. That partnership was called Micro-soft.

The 40-year-long journey saw Microsoft evolving into one of the world's largest technology companies and is marked with numerous milestones.

Listed below are 40 of them:

1975 Microsoft founded
January 1, 1979 Microsoft moves from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Bellevue, Washington
June 25, 1981 Microsoft incorporates

August 12, 1981 IBM introduces its personal computer with Microsoft's 16-bit operating system, MS-DOS 1.0
February 26, 1986 Microsoft moves to corporate campus in Redmond, Washington
March 13, 1986 Microsoft stock goes public
August 1, 1989 Microsoft introduces earliest version of Office suite of productivity applications
May 22, 1990 Microsoft launches Windows 3.0
August 24, 1995 Microsoft launches Windows 95
June 25, 1998 Microsoft launches Windows 98
January 13, 2000 Steve Ballmer named president and chief executive officer for Microsoft
February 17, 2000 Microsoft launches Windows 2000
May 31, 2001 Microsoft launches Office XP
October 25, 2001 Microsoft launches Windows XP
November 15, 2001 Microsoft launches Xbox
November 7, 2002 Microsoft and partners launch Tablet PC
November 22, 2005 Microsoft launches Xbox 360
January 30, 2007 Microsoft launches Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System to consumers worldwide
June 27, 2008 Bill Gates transitions from his day-to-day role at Microsoft to spend more time on his work at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
October 22, 2009 Microsoft launches Windows 7
June 15, 2010 Microsoft launches general availability of Office 2010
November 4, 2010 Microsoft launches Kinect for Xbox 360
November 10, 2010 Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7
June 28, 2011 Microsoft launches Office 365
October 13, 2011 Microsoft closes its acquisition of Skype
October 26, 2012 Microsoft launches Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface
October 29, 2012 Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8
January 29, 2013 Microsoft launches Office 2013, expands Office 365
February 18, 2013 Microsoft launches Outlook.com
May 21, 2013 Microsoft unveils Xbox One
September 3, 2013 Microsoft announces decision to acquire Nokia's devices and services business, license Nokia's patents and mapping services
October 17, 2013 Microsoft launches Windows 8.1
October 22, 2013 Microsoft launches Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
November 22, 2013 Microsoft launches Xbox One
February 4, 2014 Satya Nadella named chief executive officer for Microsoft
March 27, 2014 Microsoft launches Office for iPad
June 20, 2014 Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3
September 15, 2014 Minecraft to join Microsoft announcement
November 6, 2014 Microsoft announces Office apps for Android tablets
January 21, 2015 Microsoft reveals Windows 10

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