A ubiquitous product suite from Seattle Tech
MS-DOS’ blinking commands didn’t stand the test of time, but the rectangular boxes that followed did. More than 1.4 billion people use Microsoft’s operating system, which debuted in 1985 and takes its name from all those “windows” of content.
Before Spotify and Netflix, there was this app to stream grainy audio and videos over the internet. RealNetworks developed the “RealAudio Player” in 1995 from its headquarters in Seattle. In a way, it still exists today.
To light up
Books on screens were still a novelty in 2007, when Amazon rolled out the now ubiquitous eReader. They were also in demand. The new version sold out in five and a half hours.
Few forms of pandemic escapism have spread like endlessly scrolling through photos of quarantine spaces no one could afford. While real estate prices remain out of reach for many, this Seattle company’s grip on the internet remains firm.
Washington State cannot claim to have invented Nintendo, even though its US headquarters are in Redmond. But this other suburban company launched this console in 2001. Microsoft sought to compete with Nintendo’s GameCube and Sony’s PlayStation 2 in the games business.