[Answer] How was the Altair 8800, the first retail personal home computer, sold?

Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Trivia Question: How was the Altair 8800, the first retail personal home computer, sold?

The given options are:

  • It never made it to market
  • Mail order
  • At conventions

Correct Answer: Mail order

Fact: In 1974, you could buy an Altair 8800 kit and build it yourself or get one fully assembled. But you had to wait for your order-by-mail computer to arrive first. The programming was done via Altair BASIC, the first software product sold by Microsoft.


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