February 3, 1976
Bill Gates is the first programmer to raise the issue of software piracy. In “An Open Letter to Hobbyists,” first published in Computer Notes, Gates accuses hobbyists of stealing software and thus preventing good software from being written.
March 27, 1976
Bill Gates gives the opening address at the First Annual World Altair Computer Convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Marc McDonald becomes Microsoft’s first official employee. (Other people did work on Microsoft products before that, but on a contract basis)
Microsoft’s first advertisement appears in Digital Design magazine.
November 1, 1976
Paul Allen resigns from MITS to join Microsoft full time.
November 26, 1976
The trade name, Microsoft, is registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico.
September 1, 1976
Microsoft leases official office space in the Two Park Central Tower Building at 300 San Mateo Blvd, N.E., Suite 819, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The 1976 Calendar Year employee headcount totals six people. Revenues are $22,496
- Shugart introduces a 5.25-inch floppy disk drive for $390, the first of this size for microcomputers.
- Three new magazines hit the stands: Byte, Computer Graphics and Art, and Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontia.
- The United States celebrates its bicentennial.
- A Viking spacecraft lands on Mars and sends back detailed pictures of a rocky, desert terrain.