Happy Birthday Rivals: Microsoft and Mac OS X

Microsoft and Apple share one thing in common: Birthdays. The foundation of Microsoft, and Apple’s popular Operating System: Mac OS X was laid on the same day: 24th March.

Looking back at Mac OS X

Today, Apple’s Mac OS X is nine years old. Released on March 24, 2001, Cheetah was the very first iteration of Mac OS X, bearing the 10.0 version number. In case you don’t know, the X in “Mac OS X” stands for the Roman  “10.”Since then, it has become an important part of Apple’s history.

Apple’s Mac OS X is a Unix-based (BSD to be precise) graphical operating system, built on technologies developed at NeXT between the second half of the 1980s and Apple’s purchase of the company in late 1996. Mac OS X v10.5 “Leopard” first got it’s support to run on Intel hardware, since then Apple’s marketshare jumped to what is seen today (around 5.12%).

A list of all Mac OS X versions and their subsequent release dates:

10.0 Cheetah — March 24, 2001;
10.1 Puma — September 25, 2001;
10.2 Jaguar — August 24, 2002;
10.3 Panther — October 24, 2003;
10.4 Tiger — April 29, 2005;
10.4 Intel Tiger — January 10, 2006;
10.5 Leopard — October 26, 2007;
10.6 Snow Leopard — August 28, 2009.

The current version of Snow  Leopard is 10.6.2 and release of 10.6.3 is evident.

Microsoft’s History

In 1975, Harvard dropout, Bill Gates and his high school friend Paul Allen set up a tiny business to write software for a new microcomputer called the Altair 8800. Their first product is the Altair BASIC language. At some point during that year, the company is called Micro-soft, and then MicroSoft, before it is ultimately named Microsoft.

From those modest beginnings, that company went on to help give birth to an entire industry, change the way we live and work, and become one of the largest software companies on the planet, creating countless millionaires — and several billionaires — along the way.

Over the Last few years Microsoft built Windows taking it journey from v3.1 to current version: Windows 7, the most successful windows ever.

And Today, Microsoft owns products for almost all Business, consumers, industries needs.

Further Reading: An opinionated look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of Microsoft’s 35-year history[Computer world]

P.S. I always wonder why only droup-outs turn-out to be so successful?

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