Microsoft BASIC Compiler

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Microsoft BASIC Compiler

Originally released as Microsoft BASIC 6.0 Compiler and was a development of the compiler that shipped with QuickBASIC 4.5 extended to support more standard development tools. While QuickBASIC only supported 64k heaps and programming inside the 640k limit the capability of the Basic 6 compiler to generate code for OS/2 with support for 16 MB of memory or 128 MB of virtual memory was greatly touted by Microsoft.

Versions

DOS
  • Mar 1983: Version 5.35
  • Apr 1984: Version 5.36
DOS & OS/2
  • 6.0 (MS Part# 007-014V600) First release of the system, supports OS/2 out of the box.
Requires OS/2 1.0 or later, and/or DOS 2.1 or later.
  • 6.0b - Bugfix release
Macintosh
  • 1.0 (Oct 1986)