Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft

4th April 1975
Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft

On April 4th 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started a partnership in Albuquerque, New Mexico which would later become Microsoft.

Their first product was an implementation of the programming language BASIC for the Altair 8800, which they licensed to MITS.

Paul Allen came up with the name "Micro-Soft" for the partnership. Months later they dispensed with the hyphen, and on November 26, 1976, the trade name "Microsoft" was registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico.

Microsoft would go on to become one of the biggest companies in the world.

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