Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope
Old Xenix logo

In the late 1970s Microsoft licensed Unix source code from AT&T, which at the time was not licensing the name UNIX. Therefore, Microsoft created its own name called: Xenix. Microsoft never sold Xenix directly to end-users and relied on OEMs such as Intel, Tandy, Altos, and SCO to provided a customized version of Xenix to their customers. After the AT&T breakup, AT&T sold UNIX and in 1987 Microsoft transferred its ownership to SCO who continued to support the product and later released a version called SCO UNIX.

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