We’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic around here lately. Twenty-nine years ago today, Microsoft Press introduced Cary Lu's The Apple Macintosh Book and Peter Norton's Exploring the IBM PC/Jr Home Computer at the 1984 West Coast Computer Faire. (for full Microsoft history, click here)
In 1984, I was a senior in high school and because my mother was a school teacher, we had an Apple IIe in our house. By the time I was in college, my grandmother gave me her Commodore 64 so that I could type and edit my 100+ page English literature thesis. When I graduated from college, I had to learn how to use Wang terminals at my first job. Eventually, we adopted IBM PCs in our office and my first computer book was a title about using dBASE III+. In those early years, I never imagined that I would someday have a computer constantly on my lap and work for Microsoft.
Share your stories with us. What was your first computer? What was your first computer book?
Starting this fall, we’ll begin our year-long celebration of 30 years of Microsoft Press. We hope to have some of our original authors writing some blog posts and we’ll highlight some of our most well known books over the years.