Congratulations, It’s A Bouncing Baby Multi-National Corporation
On April 4, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded a partnership called Micro-Soft. Their goal was to create a programming language for the MITS Altair, the first “PC” built by hobbyists. The language became BASIC, and started Micro-Soft on their path to industry domination.
They finished 1975 with revenues of $16,005 and 3 employees. Bill Gates took the company public on March 14, 1986. And as of the end of their last fiscal year (June 30, 2008), Microsoft had revenues of $60 BILLION and over 91,000 employees – a far cry from their humble 1975 beginnings. A $10,000 investment in Microsoft at their IPO in 1986 would be worth over $2.5 Million today (not including dividends).
Here’s the motley crew that built the foundation for this blue chip company, circa December 1978 (Gates, bottom-left, and Allen, bottom-right):
It’s hard to imagine a company that has had more of an impact on business and technology over the last generation than Microsoft. Whether you’re pro-Microsoft or not, you can’t deny their integral role in bringing computing to the masses over the past few decades.
Microsoft Logo Changes
I thought it would be neat to take a look at how Microsoft’s logo has changed over the years. I was surprised to see only three versions. Since adopting their current logo in 1987, it has pretty much stayed the same (except for the varying accompanying taglines).