Microsoft was started by Bill Gates along with cofounder Paul Allen. The company started with the help of Gates reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics which include the Altair 8800 computer. At the time the Altair 8800 did not have an operating system and all it did was turn on its switches that turn on some LED lights. Gates managed to get in contact with the company that produced the Altair 8800. Stating, that Gates had a program that they could run on the computer and soon the company favored Gates abilities. Soon, Gates and Microsoft was the place to go to for software. They were soon tasked with making software for the IBM PC and eventually created their own software named “Windows”.