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Microsoft Corporation
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company The biggest supplier of operating systems and
other software for IBM PC compatibles. Software products
Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC), MS Mail, and SNAServer for Windows NT.
Microsoft was founded as "Micro-soft" in 1975 by Bill Gates
(now CEO) and his high school pal Paul Allen. Their first
product was a version of BASIC for the new Altair computer
[which one?]. In 1980, IBM chose Microsoft to supply the
On the UK television program "The Net" in May 1994, BillGates said he was betting his company on the informationhighway".
Quarterly sales $1293M, profits $362M (Aug 1994).