In 1975, in Seattle, WA, USA, two Americans, William Henry “Bill” Gates III, age 19, and Paul Gardner Allen, age 22, developed a program for the Altair 8800 personal computer to understand software written in the BASIC computer language. They also founded the company Microsoft to market the software, the world’s first personal computer software company.
William Henry “Bill” Gates III,
Paul Gardner Allen
Seattle, WA, USA
- Altair 8800 – Wikipedia
The Altair 8800 is a microcomputer designed in 1974 by MITS and based on the Intel 8080 CPU. Interest grew quickly after it was featured on the cover of the January 1975 issue (published in late November 1974) of Popular Electronics, and was sold by mail order through advertisements there, in Radio-Electronics, and in other hobbyist magazines.
- MITS Altair 8800 computer – OldComputers.net
The Altair 8800 from Micro Instrumentation Telemetry Systems (MITS) of Albuquerque, NM, is considered by many to be the first “personal computer” – a computer that is easily affordable and obtainable.
- Altair 8800 Kit
I wanted to produce a “kit” that people could assemble. Something that you could spend a whole week after work assembling and after some debugging see your sweat and tears come to life. Why did I want to produce a kit like this?
- MITS Altair 8800 – The Vintage Computer
The Altair 8800 was far from the first “Personal Computer” but it was the first truly successful one. The Altair is generally credited with launching the PC revolution in earnest. Microsoft was founded to make software (BASIC) for the Altair.
- MITS Altair 8800 demonstration – YouTube