Borland C

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Borland C++ 3.1
Borland C++ 3.1.jpg
A retail copy of Borland C++ 3.1
Type: Compiler
Creator: Borland
Date Released: 1987

Borland started out with Turbo C back in 1987. With version 2.0, it also started to offer a more 'professional' version, Borland C. Turbo C was significantly cheaper than Microsoft C, forcing Microsoft to release a Quick C product to compete for the lower end.

Borland even offered versions for 32bit OS/2, although they were incredibly expensive.

There was support for Windows 3.0 and 3.1, but during the early 32bit days Borland lagged behind, and Watcom C became a popular choice for 32bit MS-DOS based stuff.

With the rise of Windows 95, Visual C++ eventually became the defacto compiler.