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Q&A: What computer software were computers using before Microsoft was invented?
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Before Microsoft I used Dos. I’ve got one unit with it in my Garage. 32kb of RAM .
answered Oct 16, 2010 by trianswer (22,754 points)
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Before microsoft there was very little scope

for personal computers and softwares related to those computers. Still there were some

softwares and software building programming languages. FORTRAN or formula translation,

the first high level programming language, was invented by John Backus for IBM, in 1954,

and released commercially, in 1957. It is still used today for programming scientific

and mathematical applications. Fortran began as a digital code interpreter for the IBM

701 and was originally named Speedcoding. John Backus wanted a programming language

closer to human language, which is the definition of a high level language.
At that time the softwares available were Aldus Pagemaker, Trillian, Wordstar, Computer

Chess, VisiCalc Spreadsheet. WordStar - The First Word Processor Released in 1979 by

Micropro International, WordStar was the first commercially successful word processing

software program produced for microcomputers and the best selling software program of

the early eighties. first desktop publishing program was created by Paul Brainard and a

company called Aldus, the program called "Aldus Pagemaker 1.0" was released in July,

1985 for the "Macintosh" and in December, 1986, for the "IBM". If you go with the

history of operating system than previously there was nothing except UNIX.
answered Oct 16, 2010 by trianswer (22,754 points)