Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Mar 2014 17:35 UTC

Not too many people will recall the short-lived era of the "MSX" initiative which was slated to pretty much take over the non-existent middle world where consumer electronics met personal computers. It was always believed, back then, that this is where the sweet spot of profits would emerge. What emerged was instead laughable MSX. It was one of Microsoft's greatest flops.

The MSX was one of the first computers I ever used. I did basic BASIC stuff on it when I was a kid.

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C64 BASIC was done by Microsoft. The C128's too, where this is mentioned on the powerup screen.

C64 BASIC was very limited, with no support for sound and graphics (you had to use ugly POKE statements). Simon's BASIC fixed this. It came on a cartridge and added a bunch of commands.

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