Index - Tech-Science - How heavy is the world's heaviest software?

Index – Tech-Science – How heavy is the world’s heaviest software?

Thirty years after its launch, Microsoft Corporate Archivist Amy Stevenson recalled the company’s toughest product, the Microsoft C/C++ compiler.

Before the Internet, things were much more difficult. Pulling a PDF from the web isn’t a big deal anymore, but in 1992, not only the format, but the infrastructure was sorely lacking. Thus, the product contained not only twenty small 3.5-inch floppy disks, but also dozens of manuals, which made the beautiful software package swell to the size of a small refrigerator.

With the help of the Microsoft C/C++ compiler, MS-DOS, Windows and OS/2 programs can be developed by an unflattering, unbreakable programmer who can lift an 18k box. This corresponds to the weight of a normal human foot, a car wheel, or an elephant’s heart. Elephant’s heart was also useful to complete the twenty-disc installation.

Stevenson stated that Microsoft has never attempted to launch such a large product.

(ExtremeAnd the PCMag)

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