By: Nicholas W. LaRochelle

Where did the idea originate?

Founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4th, 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market. It started as a company to develop system software for microcomputers (home computers) thus giving it the name Microsoft.
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Is this accepted by all classes of society?

It is accepted by any class that can afford it really. Technology is not cheap and those that could afford it where not subjugated due to their social class.

Is there a way the upper classes identify themselves with this pop culture item?

In the beginning of the company the upper class may have had an influence in the development due to the resources they could give to the software's development but now the company had diversified enough to accept many social and economic classes.

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Are there any racial differences with this item?

The distribution of Microsoft software was subtle in so far as it was put into the first couple of personal home computers which means that the company had no intentions of subjugating any race and has no accounts in which it displays such actions.

Has this shaped our class, regional, or national identity?

Microsoft has enabled the evolution of PC software and effected the national identity as well as the classes in America. It also created an operating system that rivaled all others in the beginning stages of personal home computers and still to this day sets the bar for software advancements. The development of personal home computers was made possible due to the use of software produced through Microsoft which allowed for, better business opportunities, which in turn created more jobs for the average man thus giving him the ability to possibly change social classes through his newly made income. It also shaped our national identity because it changed our country once more into a technological empire where all things new in technology occur. It allowed our country to become a nation full of technological feats that impress and progressed the rapid development of personal home computers through the world.

Does it say anything about gender or gender norms?

This company has nothing to do with anything regarding gender or gender norms.

Does this item impact politics or does politics impact this item?

“In 1993 it released Windows NT, a landmark program that tied disparate PCs together and offered improved reliability and network security. Sales were initially disappointing, but by 1996 Windows NT was being hailed as the likely standard for PC networking” (Britannica). Having made a substantial difference in the internet's growth it allowed for quick communication between countries and the ability to share documents with other countries as well.

Was there any backlash to your idea or item? If so, explain specifically what happened and if not, explain why you believe it was universally accepted.

There was really no public backlash due to the fact that as soon as the company was developing it had companies lined up just to get the operating system developed by Microsoft into their computers. Big companies at the time such as IBM and Atari were very interested in the soft ware being produced by Microsoft however their expenditures on the company did not pay off because in the 80’s to the present Microsoft basically wiped them out of the personal home computer markets.

Works Cited

"Microsoft Corporation | American Company." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 4 Sept. 2015.

"The IBM PC's Debut." IBM Archives: The IBM Personal Computer. Web. 4 Sept. 2015.

"A History of Windows - Microsoft Windows." Web. 4 Sept. 2015.