Tagged: Microsoft

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Reinventing the Word Processor

As a writer, I spend a lot of time using a word processor, specifically Microsoft Word. For the most part, word processing software hasn’t changed much since the early days of Windows. In some...

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How Microsoft Saved Apple

Coke versus Pepsi. Ford versus Chevy. Edison versus Tesla. There have been many great rivalries in the modern business world. One of the most iconic is Apple versus Microsoft. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates...

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Programming in QBasic

Early computers almost always came with BASIC. As the name implies, it was a basic programming language that allowed you to make all kinds of simple programs. Though they didn’t invent BASIC, it was...

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The Second Browser War

In the 1990s, Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer competed for domination in the so-called “First Browser War”. It took a couple of years, but Microsoft won a complete victory, and by 2002 Internet...

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Starting Up Windows 95

Before 1995, operating systems were not something the average person thought about. Sure there were hardcore geeks out there debating the merits of Windows vs OS/2, but this had not yet permeated mainstream culture....

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The First Browser War

The World Wide Web really started to take off in the mid-1990s. If you wanted to use it, you needed a web browser. Early Internet users could make do with simple text-based terminal software,...

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The Rise of Microsoft Windows NT

Early versions of Microsoft Windows were pretty primitive by modern standards. Microsoft intended for Windows to be an interim solution. It started out as a graphical interface that ran atop MS-DOS, making DOS easier...

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Early Versions of Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows has been around for 30 years, and it’s still the dominant operating system for desktop PCs. Ever since the release of Windows 95, this venerable OS has dominated the desktop market, (especially...

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PowerPoint Sucks

PowerPoint sucks. I can’t be the only one who thinks so. PowerPoint presentations are unpleasant to make and unpleasant to sit through. But what saddens me most is that it doesn’t have to be...

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The Rise and Fall of OS/2

The original IBM PC came with a primitive command line operating system known as DOS. Made by Microsoft, it could do basic file management and run a single application at a time. That was...