Paul Allen and Bill Gates were childhood friends from Seattle when they started Microsoft in 1975. Allen was working at Honeywell, Inc. and Gates was doing pre-law at Harvard University.
Their idea was to produce an interpreter for the microcomputer Altair 8800 using BASIC programming language. When Gates and Allen sold their interpreter to MITS who distributed it, Microsoft, then known as Micro-Soft, was born.
Location taken: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
- 1975-04-04 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800