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On this date in history…

On April 4, 1975 the company Microsoft was founded by childhood friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

QUESTION:

In what city was Microsoft founded?

ANSWER:

Albuquerque, New Mexico

EXPLANATION:

The idea that would spawn Microsoft germinated when Paul Allen showed Bill Gates the January 1, 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800. Allen and Gates saw potential to develop an implementation of the programming language BASIC for the system. Bill Gates called the creators of the new microcomputer, MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems), offering to demonstrate the implementation in order to win a contract with the company. Allen and Gates had neither an interpreter nor an Altair system, yet in the eight weeks before the demo they developed an interpreter. When Allen flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico to meet with MITS, the interpreter worked and MITS agreed to distribute Altair BASIC. Allen and Gates left Boston, moved to Albuquerque (where MITS was located), and co-founded Microsoft there. The company moved to a new home in Bellevue, Washington in January 1979.

Revenues of the company totaled $16,005 by the end of 1976.

NET CHECK IN’s:

Tonight we had a total of 32 people check in to the Net.  Of those, 4 had the correct answer.  Congratulations to:

  • KG6BPY – Joe
  • AD6UP – Louie
  • WA6USL – Murray
  • KB6YVA – Bob

Thanks to everyone who check in to the Net and supported us.

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