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Microsoft’s MS-DOS turns 30 this week

Thirty years ago, this week, Microsoft finalized a deal to purchase what was then called QDOS. Once purchased, Microsoft renamed it MS-DOS and set in motion a series of events that would make them the largest name in personal computing history.

As TechSpot reports, Thirty years ago this week, Microsoft set in motion a series of events that would make them the largest name in personal computing and its founders some of the richest men on the planet.

Once purchased, MS-DOS would eventually be bundled with the IBM PC shortly after. In 1981, IBM approached Microsoft and requested an operating system for their line of personal computers. IBM originally wanted to use Digital Research’s CP/M-86, but a deal could never be made. Microsoft and IBM forged an alliance and began shipping out PC-DOS. Microsoft only had to pay $75,000 at the time.

MS-DOS had a solid run until its demise in 1994. Windows 95 was unveiled in 1995 and has shaped the way we use computers to this day. Currently, Windows 7 is the fastest selling version of Windows to date.

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