I have gathered together a pictorial history of Microsoft, in my travels to find a pictorial history/evolution of the Microsoft Graphics API’s (GDI->GDI+->DirectX->WDDM (silverlight, and WPF). I know that it is out there, I’ve seen it (photographic memory) but I have yet to find it again (and my ‘nearly’ photographic memory is hazy in parts). All images have relevant links (or credential links). If you’d like to add some of these events to Jeff Sinclair’s 2000’s History Timeline on Dipity, I’m fairly positive he would approve, otherwise enjoy:
I hate to put the last first, but Microsoft Research has an Azure based technology (bleeding edge) that deserves to be up front, to tell you about ancient history…
After the planet cooled, Man evolved, and made art…
Some time later Humans learned textiles, the wheel, fire, locomotion, electricity, aviation, and eventually computers:
Then we needed a way to communicate with are soon to be robotic overlords so we developed language:
And eventually a child was born…
This spawned Microsoft….
… and then as Microsoft grew it started to gobble up other entities around it to become better, faster… the million dollar Man if you will… I have here a “subway” (not the metro line mind you) drawing of how Microsoft has developed it’s breadth of tech offerings and background.
So that is the corporate overview, but what about the things that we recognize as being “Microsoft”?
Perhaps one of the most commonly recognized Microsoft offerings is Office. With Windows 8 Office has made it into the 2013 version, but what did it look like as a baby?
I really like the cleverness of the Subway map.. don’t you? Also note that the page this map is linked to has a Zoom.It version for exploration..!!!
More recently Microsoft has dropped MSN messenger and picked up Skype, personally I like how Skype was an Apple and Android technology, that embraced Microsoft
The history of Excel has apparently drawn far less interest (or was basically more boring) then some of the others…
I realize that SharePoint is not a language, however when I think of development, and I believe many would agree, you need to speak SharePoint to do SharePoint, so I’ve chosen to include it here as a segway into operating systems as it is really more of a Server OS “Language” to me. SharePoint has an interesting history, has gone through many renaming and re-branding’s and is still evolving and acquireing!
The Windows OS is also rather interesting as to how it has grown and evolved, an evolutionary tree complete with dead ends. the Article “History of Microsoft Operating Systems Timeline,” by Fahad Bin Ali KhilGi covers the OS and it’s variations quite thoroughly, in fact in certain better detail even than Wikipedia’s entry! if your more visual here are a number of somewhat redundant OS history diagrams in varying detail:
History of Microsoft Disputes
Check out the large sphere of Mobil competition or go read an article from the guardian.
Thanks for you consideration..