PCGH Retro: About Metroid and Microsoft
Once again PCGH takes a look at the short but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happened on August 6?
..1986: One of the most successful games series is born: In Japan Nintendo releases the NES game Metroid, which was developed under the lead management of Gunpei Yokoi, one of the minds behind the Game Boy. The action game, which had Jump'n'Run as well as adventure elements, is very successful and, with lots of sequels, one of the most popular and persistent series for Nintendo's consoles.
...1997: Apple fans all over the world are shocked: Microsoft buys Apple share with an overall value of 150 Million Dollar. Although some people are afraid of a hostile takeover, the shares are without voting power and thus Microsoft does not have a direct influence on the competitor. The financial support linked with an exchange of patents and the obligation to maintain the Office package for the Mac; the deal helps the stricken company to rebound. Many people suspect Microsoft to help Apple only to have a lively competitor during the ongoing antitrust suit. Microsoft sold the shares later anyway and in the end the deal doesn't have noticeable effects.
...2003: AMD buys all rights about the Geode processor of National Semiconductor. This is an x86 compatible "System-on-a-chip” processor for the embedded sector (PDAs etc.). Henceforth the chip series is developed as AMD Geode, but not for long - quite soon AMD ceases the project. The Bobcat chip, scheduled for 2009, is the first product since then that AMD will offer. The processor is intended to compete against Intel's Atom.