Microsoft celebrates 30 years of the IBM PC

Friday is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the IBM PC. While it wasn't the first personal computer ever built, its basic design was the foundation for nearly all PCs that are made today. While IBM no longer makes personal computers (it sold off that business to Lenovo years ago), Microsoft decided to celebrate the launch of the IBM PC a little early with an article on its official blog site today.

Written by Frank Shaw, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Corporate Communications, the blog points out that the IBM PC also launched with Microsoft's MS-DOS operating system which started Microsoft's rapid rise to the top of the technology world. Shaw writes, "Thirty years ago, Microsoft believed that making technology less expensive and more widely available would open up amazing opportunities for people and organizations to achieve their dreams. Our fundamental belief that democratizing technology can change the world continues to drive everything we do, and as technology and society have changed over the last 30 years, our vision for how technology can change the world has evolved as well."

While MS-DOS is gone, Microsoft is still releasing PC operating systems under its Windows division. Shaw writes, "As we look ahead to the next 30 years, we’ll continue to lead the industry forward in bringing technology to the next billion (or 2 billion or 6 billion) people on our planet. We’ll do that as we always have, by working with our partners to deliver amazing experiences to individuals and businesses."

The next part of that future is Windows 8 which is currently believed to be scheduled to launch sometime in 2012. Shaw points out that Microsoft's Build conference in September will be the place "where developers will hear more about how we’ve re-imagined Windows, from the chip set to the user experience, for this new world." Microsoft is rumored to launch the beta version of Windows 8 to developers at the Build conference.

Image Credit: Maximum PC

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

HP TouchPad tablets get permanent price cuts

Next Story

TwitPic founder launches Twitter competitor, Heello

7 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

The image is of a PC Jr. The first models had the turd chicklet keyboard. Later IBM offered the better keyboard for a higher price.

Question to the author. How hard was it to find a proper IBM PC image? Why not dentify the image at the head of the article?

KingCrimson said,
We've come a long way in 30 years, haven't we?

hell, i would say we came along way even in 15-16 years.

just from 1995 to 2000 i would say there was a pretty big leap in overall technology out there when it came to PC's/Cellphones etc. as in 1995 the Internet was not all that big but i would say between 1998-2000 is when it really took off.

i would say there was a bigger leap from 1995 to 2000 then from 2001 to date when it comes to PC's and the internet in general.