Tag Archives: Microsoft

  • Geek Facts for July 30th – PowerPoint and Coco 3

    In 1987, 
Microsoft acquired Forethought, the developer of PowerPoint, for $14 million. Earlier that year, PowerPoint 1.0 was released for the Apple Macintosh. It ran in black and white, generating text-and-graphics pages for overhead transparencies. In 1990, the first Windows versions were produced. Learn more at http://technology-acquisitions.findthedata.org/q/356/2730/What-products-or-services-did-Forethought-sell. In 1986, Tandy announced the Color Computer 3. […]

  • Geek Fact for July 3rd – G4 Cube, Windows and Comets

    In 2001, Apple Computer stopped producing and marketing its Power Mac G4 Cube due to disappointing sales. One gripe many people had with the Cube was its lack of conventional Audio input and output. Instead, it came with an external USB amplifier and a set of Harman Kardon speakers. The Cube was not nearly as […]

  • Geek Fact for June 25th

    In 1974
, Texas Instruments was awarded a patent for the TI-2500 DataMath microcalculator which it applied for in 1967. The inventors were James H. Van Tassel, Jerry D. Merryman, and Jack St. Clair Kilby. The TI-2500 Datamath was the first calculator sold by Texas Instruments. It was a four-function, full-floating-decimal-point calculator with an eight-digit light-emitting-diode […]

  • “Just the Facts, Ma’am” – Microsoft Unveils its Answer to the iPad

    Yesterday, Microsoft took the plunge into the tablet market, unveiling its Surface tablet. The Surface is positioned to go head-to-head with Apple’s iPad. There are two Surface models, the Surface for Windows 8 Pro and the Surface for Windows RT. As its name implies, the Surface Windows 8 Pro is the “professional” version aimed at […]

  • 2013 will be the year of Microsoft: how the new ecosystem will mark the beginning of an era

      2010 will be remembered by some as the year of the Great Patent Wars. After it became clear that Android had really taken off and was making serious money for companies like Google, Motorola, Samsung, and HTC, Apple chose to fight back. Litigiously. From March 2010 to March 2011, Apple filed 37 lawsuits against […]

  • Geek Fact for April 9th

    In 1991, Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 was released. The new version of DOS provided the ability to run DOS in the high memory area and load some device drivers and programs in upper memory. Also added were the UNFORMAT and UNDELETE commands, MS-DOS Editor, QBasic and online help as well as the ability to access more […]

  • Microsoft finalizes Skype acquisition

    Microsoft has recently completed its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype Global, the publisher of the very popular Skype voip software – yep, that’s not a misprint…$8.5 billion! It certainly is a heck of a lot of money but I still consider it a judicious move by Microsoft; the Redmond giant has not merely purchased a […]

  • What’s new in Microsoft Outlook 2007?

    Unlike some of the other Microsoft Office applications, the main Outlook 2007 window uses a familiar menu bar and toolbar combination to give you access to commands, options and tools in Outlook 2007. Other applications, such as MS Word, us a new feature called the Ribbon to give you quick access to commonly used features. […]