Microsoft makes source code MS-DOS and the first public version of Word




Together with an American museum Microsoft has the source code of MS-DOS 1.1 and 2.0 made public, as well as that of the first version of Word for Windows. As a result, future generations, “the roots of the PCs can understand.

The source code of the Microsoft software can be download from the website of the Computer History Museum. Although the source code is made public, should that not be used to create derivative works and Microsoft holds the copyright on it. Earlier, the Computer History Museum all the source code of include DOS for the Apple II, QuickDraw and MacPaint and Adobe Photoshop publicly.

The source code of 1.1 consists of seven files with assembly code and is accompanied by an email from Tim Paterson, the original author of MS-DOS. The source code of 2.0 consists of 118 stocks, which consists largely of assembly code, as well as the necessary documentation. The zip file containing the source code of Word for Windows contains mainly C and C + + code.

An employee of the museum already had the source code for MS-DOS 2.0, but had permission from Microsoft in order to publish the source code. Finding the source of MS-DOS 1.1 was harder: Microsoft did not have about that too. Eventually, the museum received the source code of Paterson. No. Microsoft does not have the source code of the first Word for Windows version.

The first version of DOS was not even developed by Microsoft itself, but was taken from Seattle Computer Products, a different technology from the same region as Microsoft under license. Version 1.1 supported only floppies, version 2.0, which came out a year later, introduced support for folders and hard drives.

Word for Windows was not the first version of Word: which came out in 1983 for MS-DOS. Nevertheless, the Word version was not really popular. Only with the introduction of Microsoft Word for Windows managed to emit. Leader WordPerfect from the throne



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