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Classic Software

Classic Software
Classic Software Corporation
11 Victoria Street, Suite 210
Barrie, ON L4N 6T
Canada
Year Founded:
 
1985
 
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In 1982 a small Canadian computer company was founded called MLC Data Systems. This company developed a simple accounting system for the CP/M operating system. The system ran in 64K of Ram and on a two floppy disk computer system (160K each) called a "Superbrain". Later, a specialized version was written for the 28 pound Osborne portable computer. In 1985 the Canadian owned, "Classic Software Corporation" was founded and the software was ported to the new "MS-DOS" operating system (version 1.0).

By that time, the software was called the Classic accounting system version 3.0. It also ran in 64K of memory and could still run on a two floppies if needed, however the more powerful 10 megabyte drives were readily available for less than $2000.00, a bargain at the time!

The software and customer base continued to grow, to take advantage of the new and faster computers available. By 1990 the system had grown to three unique accounting systems, which became known as the Classic '100', Classic '200' and Classic '300' accounting systems, the latter two were also fully networkable. The customer base had grown to just over 2000 at that time.

In 1995 the Windows95 operating system was created and work began on the next generation of Classic accounting software. From the ground up the system was designed to take advantage of the new 32bit environment, rather than port the existing software, the entire system was redesigned. In 1997 the first Win95 product was released. In 1998 the system was again enhanced to take advantage of the new features that Windows 98 had to offer, at the time the product was given its official name and "WinLedge" was born. The system has now grown to ten modules with others in the works. Other current projects include enhancements for Windows XP and integration of accounting data into commercial web sites.