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- A trademark for a computer operating system.
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- Microsoft Disk Operating System, an operating system for IBM-compatible personal computers in the 1980s and 1990s, eventually succeeded by standalone versions of Microsoft Windows.
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- n. an operating system developed by Bill Gates for personal computers
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Set the drop-down menu labeled Format to "MS-DOS (FAT)."
Beyond that Windows was not initially an OS, Even windows98 is actually MS-DOS with a gui on top.
I started computing using something called HDOS, then CP/M, then MS-DOS.
Microsoft was already a powerhouse years before MS-DOS.
Because DR had retained rights to their own OS, DR-DOS continued to be available for some years, but never posed a threat to MS-DOS.
It was Caroline who taught me how to use MS-DOS, not to be afraid of the very primitive precursor to Excel that we had then, how to use a computer.
The Mac's graphical user interface, soon replicated in Microsoft Windows, saving the world from the even more bureaucratic MS-DOS, was radical in its elegance and ease.
To some, that may sound similar to the IBM PC and what Microsoft enabled in that market by producing MS-DOS.
I've been running PCs since MS-DOS 4.01, and I've yet to see a copy-protection that cant be bypassed or broken. b5bartender whiskey
Whatever the truth the MS-DOS license was a fateful moment in the history of computing and led directly to Microsoft's later success.