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Today: August 20, 2014

January 2, 1975

Gates and Allen Name "Micro-Soft"

Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen write a letter to MITS, the Albuquerque, New Mexico, company that manufactured the Altair computer, offering a version of BASIC for MITS's "Altair 8800" computer. The contract for BASIC reflected the first time Gates and Allen referred to themselves as the company Microsoft, spelled in the document as "Micro-Soft."