A good trivia question: What technology has Microsoft been the first to market?
I am currently employed with a large global company, working in a division that strictly focuses on embedded Linux development. Earlier this week, during our lunch hour, as one would expect with a predominantly Linux crowd, we had engaged in a conversation on the following question: What technology has Microsoft been the first to market? And of those technologies, which was developed by Microsoft? The only thing that came to mind was the family of FAT file systems. Early on, they dabbled with UNIX (i.e. XENIX – which was sold to SCO), then acquiring a company for their implementation of DOS. The graphical desktop predates Windows. Their Microsoft Office suite was far from original. None of their hardware technologies were unique (Xbox, Zune, etc.). C# and the .Net framework is just their (re-)implementation of Java (after the whole Sun Microsystems and J++/Visual Studio 6 incident). So I ask the reader: What technology has Microsoft invented to be the first to market?
If their only real product-based contribution to the technology world is FAT, then their is something to be said about the company: they have a damn good marketing team. Who would have thought that a permission-less, fragmentation-prone, non-journaling and pretty much featureless of a file system has been used for the better part of the past 2-3 decades. And the signs of it disappearing are nowhere in site.