Microsoft BASIC -86 5.x

Although Microsoft did not invent BASIC, their founding product was a BASIC interpreter for the Altair computer. The descendants below includes Microsoft's BASIC-80 (MBASIC), BASIC-86 (pre-GWBasic), BASIC for Mac, BASIC Compiler 86/88, Basic Compiler for Mac, and Professional Development System 7.x. IBM Personal Computer Basic Compiler, GW-BASIC, QuickBasic, and Visual Basic are listed separately.



Release notes

Please note: If you are looking for BASIC-86 for a specific machine, it was probably bundled with the vendor's Operating System package. You can find many customized versions in MS-DOS 1.x and MS-DOS 2.x OEM system disks.

Installation instructions

The Seattle Computer Products version below was designed for SCP 86-DOS, but will also run under MS-DOS.

Wanted: full disk dumps and manual scans of the complete BASIC products.

Product type
DevTool
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1981
Minimum CPU
8088/8086
User interface
Text
Platform
DOS CPM
Download count
7 (0 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft BASIC (5-9-1984) [TI Professional Computer r1.21] (5.25-160k) TI Professional Computer r1.21 English 181.12KB 0
Microsoft BASIC (7-8-1983) [TI Professional Computer r1.20] (5.25-160k) TI Professional Computer r1.20 English 366.24KB 0
Microsoft BASIC 5.28 (5-24-1983) [MS-DOS] 5.28 (5-24-1983) [MS-DOS] English 25.63KB 0
Microsoft BASIC-86 5.21 [Seattle Computer Products] (1981) (8 inch) -86 5.21 [Seattle Computer Products] English 28.48KB 0
Microsoft BASIC-86 5.22 (3-5-1982) [CPM-86] -86 5.22 (3-5-1982) [CPM-86] English 22.28KB 0

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