For those of you interested in history of computing and Microsoft's involvement, take a look at the series of posts on the Channel 9 blog called the History of Microsoft.
This series takes us from Microsoft's beginnings in 1975 through the years toward the current day. At this stage there are posts up to the year 1997. Take a look using the link below:
For a slightly irreverent and humorous look at the beginnings of the personal computer and companies such as Apple, Microsoft, IBM and Digital Research have a look at the book and video by Robert X. Cringely (The X does not stand for anything, just makes him look important). Check it out at the link below: