This 650 x 10124 pixel Infographic from Manolution graphically tries to sum up the history and the present status of the tech industry’s arch rivals, Microsoft and Apple.
It highlights important developments of each of these. At the end you also have thier individual historic stock price movements.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen called up Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems in Jan 1975 claiming to have a working BASIC interpreter for the MITS Altair 8800 microcomputer. Within two months they had it working flawlessly. MITS agreed to distribute the software under the name Altair BASIC. Microsoft was officially established just one month later, on April 4th, 1975. After launching their first Disk Operating System (DOS) in 1980 Microsoft quickly began to grow into one of the biggest names in personal computing.
Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded their company, Apple, in April 1976. Apple began their business by selling bare-bones hand-built computer kits, named the Apple I, unlike Microsoft, who chose to focus on making operating systems for 3rd party hardware.
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