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Brad Silverberg and Bill Gates giving presentation for the Windows 95 launch

Brad Silverberg is an entrepreneur, most noted for his work at Microsoft in 19901999 as Senior VP and product manager for MS-DOS, Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office. He was named PC Magazine's Person of the Year[1] in 1995 for his leadership of Windows 95. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x694, 77 KB) Summary Brad Silverberg and Bill Gates giving presentation for the Windows 95 launch. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x694, 77 KB) Summary Brad Silverberg and Bill Gates giving presentation for the Windows 95 launch. ... This article is about the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. ... The Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual sales of US$44. ... This article is about the year. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems by Microsoft. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Microsoft Office is a suite of productivity programs created or purchased by Microsoft and developed for Microsoft Windows, and Apple Computers Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Windows 95 is a consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating system. ...

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Early career

Brad Silverberg earned a BS degree magna cum laude in Computer Science from Brown University, and a MS in Computer Science from University of Toronto. His first work exprience was research at SRI International, one of the four first ARPANET nodes; later Brad was hired as the first employee at Analytica, a Silicon Valley startup. Since 1985, Brad Silverberg was VP of engineering at Borland after their acquisition of Analytica. Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... The University of Toronto (U of T) is a coeducational public research university in Toronto, Ontario. ... SRI Internationals main campus on Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, California SRI International is one of the worlds largest contract research institutions. ... ARPANET logical map, March 1977. ... A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Borland Software Corporation is a software company headquartered in California. ...


Brad's early career included also working at Apple Computer in the early 1980s on the Lisa project, where he failed miserably [2]. Apple Computer, Inc. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The Apple Lisa was a revolutionary personal computer designed at Apple Computer during the early 1980s. ...


Career at Microsoft

In 1990, Brad Silverberg left Borland to lead the personal systems division at Microsoft. Quite a number of people left Borland to follow Brad at Microsoft in the following years, leading to a number of failed lawsuits from Borland [3]. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x623, 111 KB)from ftp. ... This article is about the year. ...


At the start of his tenure, the personal systems division was already a prime moneymaker with MS-DOS, at that time sold only through OEMs. With MS-DOS 5, Microsoft made MS-DOS available at retail as an upgrade product. It sold very well, as did MS-DOS 6, which was introduced early in 1993. It utilized LZW disk compression and the improved disk error detector ScanDisk. Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... LZW (Lempel-Ziv-Welch) is an implementation of a lossless data compression algorithm created by Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv. ...


In early 1990, Microsoft and IBM still saw the future as OS/2, despite the difficulty of enticing users to move to an OS which had limited backward compatibility with DOS. Windows 3.0 could run DOS and Windows applications simultaneously. The success of Windows 3.0, and the success of Excel and Word for Windows (based on the popular Excel and Word for Apple Macintosh) resulted in Microsoft breaking with IBM and stopping work on OS/2. Windows 3.1, a substantially more robust version of Windows 3.0, was introduced in March 1992 and became very widely adopted, including by leading OEM's. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Windows 3. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Office Word, is Microsofts flagship word processing software. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... The Windows 3. ... 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


However, Microsoft did not intend to make Windows its only OS offering. Mainframe sales were lagging and Microsoft wanted a piece of the new non-mainframe server business. The Windows NT team was formed within the Systems division to create a "New Technology" operating system while Silverberg's personal systems division continued to work on Windows and MS-DOS. Windows NT is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ...


Windows for Workgroups was Microsoft's entry to the peer-to-peer networking arena. It also marked Windows' transition to managing networking and (for version 3.11) the file system natively, instead of resorting to MS-DOS functions or third-party products. A typical Windows 3. ...


Microsoft had also moved to make Windows the "default" x86 machine configuration by pushing OEM sales. This increased Windows penetration and the number of applications written for Windows, and helped establish Windows as the standard PC operating system.


Windows 95, code-named "Chicago", debuted in August 1995 in a media circus. Literally. Microsoft converted a sports field to a runway complete with Ferris Wheel, big top, and Jay Leno as Master of Ceremonies. Sales were strong. The OEM version of Windows 95 also introduced the Internet Explorer web browser, code-named "O'Hare"; IE missed the window for the retail version but was in the retail "Plus!" product. Brad led the early Internet effort at Microsoft, including the chronicled "Internet turnaround." Windows 95 is a consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating system. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Leno on Late Night. ...


After shipping Windows 95, he turned his fulltime focus onto the Internet efforts at Microsoft, which led to the creation of the Internet Platform and Tools Division 1996, which he led. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


In 1997, Brad was given responsibilities for Office but his principal interest remained with the Internet. He took a sabbatical that summer to reflect on where the Internet was going at Microsoft. He returned as a part-time consultant for new president and later CEO, Steve Ballmer. On October 29, 1999, he left Microsoft. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ...


Current career

In March 2000, he led a group of former Microsoft executives to found Ignition, a venture capital firm. Since then and up to now, Brad Silverberg works as a partner of the firm. 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December This is a timeline for events in March, 2000. ...


External links

  • Ignition: Brad Silverberg biography
  • Brad Silverberg's interview about his career at Borland

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Brad Silverberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (705 words)
Brad Silverberg is an entrepreneur, most noted for his work at Microsoft in 1990–1999 as Senior VP and product manager for MS-DOS, Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office.
Brad Silverberg earned a BS degree magna cum laude in Computer Science from Brown University, and a MS in Computer Science from University of Toronto.
Since 1985, Brad Silverberg was VP of engineering at Borland after their acquisition of Analytica.
Key Microsoft exec resigns | CNET News.com (367 words)
Brad Silverberg will serve his final day at Microsoft on Friday, capping a tumultuous nine-year career at the software giant.
Brad Silverberg will serve his final day at Microsoft on Friday, capping a tumultuous nine-year career at the software giant, News.com has learned.
Silverberg, 45, was caught at the center of some of Microsoft's most intense battles, starting with internal competition between groups working on Windows 95 and Windows NT, according to sources close to Microsoft.
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