Celebrating 30 years of MS-DOS

On this day in 1981, Microsoft bought what was to become MS-DOS from Seattle Computer Products. What are your favorite MS-DOS memories?

MS-DOS commercial
Video screenshot by Crave UK

C:\happy-birthday.exe! MS-DOS, the cornerstone of Microsoft's software empire, is 30 years old today--so let's boot into the command line for a celebration of the OS with the mostest.

On this day in 1981, Microsoft bought what was to become MS-DOS from Seattle Computer Products. SCP has developed the system under the name QDOS. Everybody knows MS-DOS stands for Microsoft Disk Operating System, but that's actually a neat bit of corporate whitewashing from Bill Gates and co.--QDOS originally stood for Quick and Dirty Operating System.

Read more of " 30 years of MS-DOS, the quick and dirty foundation of the Microsoft empire " at Crave UK.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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