Microsoft Celebrates 40 Years: Reflections on the Software Giant’s Mission-Driven Innovation and the Importance of Partnerships

Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA

Mission-driven Innovation Upon seeing a photo of Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems’ (MITS) Altair 8800 in a 1975 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine, two young coders named Paul Allen and Bill Gates offered to write software for the machine. The program became Altair-Basic and, as a result, Microsoft was born. Quick refresher: Altair-Basic was the… Read more »