Background were still a new thing to most



As the computing and gaming
industry started to rise in the mid to late 80’s many companies started to rise
and create their own development on computing and game hardware and software. In
this report it will be mainly focused on the Microsoft Corporation on it’s own
software and hardware from the companies early beginning’s all the up to the
present date.

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1.0 Terms of Reference


Stephen Colbert (Lecturer)
has requested Dean McCrory to write a report with an overall view of the
Microsoft Corporation’s early software and hardware history until the present
day It is a requirement of Communication: Level 6 unit and is due to be
submitted on the 27th of October 2017



2.0 Procedures


Research for this report was
conducted primarily via the internet, by visiting reputable websites.



3.0 Findings


3.1 How it started

Childhood friends Bill Gates
and Paul Allen are the two co-founders of Microsoft. The two men were
passionate about computing. This was around about the time computers were still
a new thing to most people while computers were still hard to come by. The
company was officially started on the 4th of April 1975 after the
two men were inspired by another hardware and software company. Bill Gates was
the first CEO of the company. Microsoft’s first international office was opened
in Japan in August 1977 under the name ASCII Microsoft. In 1981 the company
incorporated in Washington DC with the name Microsoft Corporation. Bill Gates
would go on to be the president and chairman of the company with his friend
Paul Allen becoming executive vice president. (Gregg Pascal Zachary, 2017)


3.2 First Operating System

An operating system is very
beneficial because it is the software that runs on the computer. As a new
company Microsoft released there very first operating system to the world which
was a version of Unix and it was called Xenix and that was released In 1980.
Xenix was eventually used as the biasis for Microsoft’s first word processor.
In 1983 they introduced their first mouse to the public which would eventually
be followed by more hardware such as keyboards controls etc. In 1986 Microsoft
became a public company and Bill Gates became a millionaire and the age of 31. (Bellis, 2017)



3.3 Office

On August 1st 1989
Microsoft introduced its earliest version of office. During the 90’s Microsoft
introduced many versions of there operating system windows including windows
3.0 windows 95 and windows 98. (microsoft, 2017)


3.4 Microsoft VS the gaming industry

In 1998 Microsoft were
considering going into the gaming industry. Kevin Bachus, Seamus Blackley, Otto
Berkes and Ted Hase formed Microsoft’s first ever console team after they
pitched the idea to Bill Gates that proved to be very successful. The console
Microsoft wanted to create was the worlds, first PC like console that would
have online gaming capabilities.


The system would run on
windows 2000 to make it much more simple for traditional PC software developers
to work within the system. The Xbox would go on to have more than twice the
power of the PlayStation 2. Sony announced the PS2 on March 2nd
1999. Sony game chief Ken Kutaragi called it a “revolutionary computer
entertainment system set to reinvent the nature of video games.” Tripe Hawkins,
who ran the rival 3DO game company, called sony’s box a “Trojan Horse,” meant
to get into the home as a game machine and then becoming the gateway for all
home entertainment. With such a machine, no one would need a personal computer
in the home.


Andrew House, then-senior
vice president of marketing at Sony’s U.S game division said that Sony had
broader ambitions. This made Microsoft get started much quicker on the project so
they could have there game console programed manufactured and shipped quicker
so it could compete with its rivals Sony. So on the 15th of November
2001 the x box was officially released in North America. The console was
released on the 22nd of February 2002 in Japan Australia and Europe
had the system released on the 14th of March 2002. (history, 2017)


3.5 Microsoft VS Sony

During the next couple of
years Xbox and PlayStation would fight to see who had the most superior console
at the time. However, the Xbox was severely lacking on adventure games.
Compared to Jak and Daxter, Rachet and Clank and other PS2 games like Ico and
Shadow of the Colossus, the Xbox had no similar platforming and adventure games
that could compare in quality of the PlayStation. But the Xbox was aimed
towards an audience that was broadband only and interested in online
multiplayer games”. Although Microsoft had ideas for the future looking into
and realising online gaming in the form of the online server Xbox Live.

Digital Trends (2017)




4.0 The case against Microsoft


Most people are mostly
concerning themselves about which company has the best console and what console
dose more and has better graphics. But the consoles are unique in their own
ways and do same things as the other machines but in a different way that suits
the console style.




5.0 Conclusion


As Microsoft continue to
flourish in the 21st century they are one of pioneering companies in
the technology business. With a very loyal fan base Microsoft aim to please
their consumers with their carefully designed products and software. But with
all companies there is always that pressure of high expectations hanging over
them to better their previous products.


With all the publicity theses
companies get they will most likely be remembered for the mistakes that were
made rather all the positive things they done for the community and the world
as a whole.