April 5 marked the 45th birthday of the most influential software vendor in personal computing history.
Microsoft, founded in 1975, has a long and storied history. From its innovative beginnings as the developer of the BASIC language and striking early success with IBM, to the authoring of universal business software, manufacturing of high-performance computing devices and investments in cloud computing, AI and new technologies.
It's exploits are too numerous to list here in entirety, but to help celebrate its birthday we've pulled together a set of highlights throughout the years.
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Exact milestone dates courtesy of Microsoft