Microsoft BASIC

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Mircosoft BASIC was a BASIC interpreter (and dialect).

Interpreters for CP/M operating systems are also called MBASIC. The compiler was named BASCOM.

List of OEM versions
  • Applesoft BASIC
  • 1977: Commodore BASIC
  • 1980: Tandy Color Computer Extended BASIC
    • 1982 Dragon Extended Basic

MBASIC

BASIC Interpreter

Versions

Microsoft BASIC-80 Interpreter
  • Rev. 4.51
  • Rev. 5.0
  • Sep 1980: 5.2
  • 1981: 5.21
  • 1982: 5.22
  • 1983: 5.26
  • 5.28
Microsoft BASIC-86 Interpreter
  • 5.21
  • 5.22
Microsoft BASIC for Apple Macintosh
  • 1984: 1.0
  • Nov 1984: 2.0
  • 2.1
  • Sep 1986: 3.0

BASCOM

This BASIC compiler was developed in 1981 for CP/M. IBM shipped a OEM version for the IBM PC. Similar to CBASIC a BASIC runtime system (BRUN or BASRUN) was required to execute the compiled programs.

Versions

Microsoft BASIC Compiler

Microsoft Business BASIC Compiler for MS-DOS
  • 1983, 1984 (BASCOMB)

Publications

  • Kenneth B. Knecht: Microsoft BASIC - Dilithium Press 1982, ISBN 0-88056-056-8
  • Walter A. Ettlin; Gregory Solberg: The MBASIC Handbook - Osborne/McGraw Hill 1983, ISBN 0-88134-102-9
  • Ettlin; Solberg: Microsoft BASIC Handbook - McGraw-Hill 1984, ISBN 0-07-881102-3
  • Lesser: Using the Microsoft Superscript Business Basic Compiler on the IBM Superscript PC - McGraw-Hill 1986, ISBN 0-07-037299-3