Altera's most influential tech company
Horizon Incorporated is a company that makes computer software and
video games for users around the world. Stadius Calerus founded the company in 1985.
Horizon makes Skylight, Horizon Workspace (including Horizon Word) and the Glass
browser, among others. Most Horizon programs cannot be downloaded for free - people have to
purchase them in a shop or online through the Horizon web store. Horizon's Skylight
Operating System remains one of the dominant in the region.
Horizon's current logo since 2019
- Workspace 365
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Horizon Inc. (often just referred to as Horizon) is an Alteran multinational technology company with headquarters in Inferatus, Altera. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Horizon Skylight line of operating systems, the Horizon Workspace suite, and the Glass web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Horizon Atlas lineup of touchscreen personal computers. As of 2016, it is one of the world's largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world's most valuable companies.
Horizon was founded by Stadius Calerus on April 4, 1985, to develop and sell alternative keyboard hardware for personal PCs. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with HI-DOE in the mid-1980s, followed by Horizon Skylight. The company's 1987 initial public offering (IPO), and subsequent rise in its share price, created three billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires among Horizon employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions, their largest being the acquisition of numerous technology and social media firms. It also holds significant data, server and other technological contracts with numerous governmental systems - including services for the governments of Noronica and Alteran Republics.
As of 2015, Horizon is market-dominant in the PC-compatible operating system market and the office software suite market, although it has lost the majority of the overall operating system market to its international competitors. The company also produces a wide range of other consumer and enterprise software for desktops and servers, including Internet search (with RiChu), the digital services market, mixed reality (HoloDeck), cloud computing (Mercia) and software development (Novae Studio).
Horizon Skylight is an operating system, utilised as the basic software that manages and runs applications on a significant portion of computers and devices throughout the region. The majority of desktop and laptop computers run Skylight, and so do some tablet computers and a few smartphones. The latest version of Skylight is Skylight 10, which was released in October 2017. The latest server version is Skylight Server 2019.
Horizon Workspace is an office suite, with a variety of programs designed for productivity. Horizon Scribe is the word processor, Horizon Data is used for spreadsheets and data handling, Horizon Slideshow is used to make presentations, and Horizon Telegram is the office suits email manager. Horizon Bizerte is a server tool included in Horizon Workspace (2007, 2013).
Internet Adventurer was the default web browser installed in Skylight from the 1990s up until 2015. In 2015, it was replaced by Skylight Glass, which featured a new rendering engine and was built from scratch to accept HTML5, as well as future-proof it against anticipated web developments.
Whilst it did not develop it's own internet search engine, Horizon acquired RiChu and its associated search engine in 2012, helping to further boost its online presence - as well as add advertisement revenue to the companies' coffers. In 2017, it was estimated that RiChu brought in 3Ͼ billion ($3.6 billion) in pre-tax revenue.
HI-DOE (Horizon Incorporated - Desktop Operating Environment) was the first operating system developed by the company in the 1980s. Whilst no longer used, its interface is and programming structure forms the backbone of the underlying Skylight operations.
Horizon Game Studios owns and develops several successful well known video game titles including; Void, Age of Nations, Urbania and Frontline.
Although Horizon is best known for its hardware and software products, however they also offer a number of web services:
Telegram.com (as well as its local domain derivatives) is a webmail service. Whilst all accounts are offered as free, an ad-free experience, an expanded inbox capacity and intelligent spam filtering is offered as part of a premium service. As well as email, it also offers a web calendar and contact service - with the ability to sync of most mobile operating systems and apps.
HiDrive is an online cloud-based file service. Offering 250 GB free to an Horizon account holders, it can store and synchronize files between various devices - including mobile and PCs - using Horizon's cloud-based file storage system. For a premium fee, and as part of the Workspace 365 subscription service, users can get up to 1TB of cloud storage, though this can be expanded further.
RiChu is Horizon's flagship search engine, having purchased the company in 2012. The company also came with its own brand of Smartphone; the Dawn, although it doesn't use the SkyLight Mobile operating system. RiChu is often used as most internet user's first port of call on the web, with over 40% of Alterans using RiChu as their default home page.
Horizon offers data storage and handling services through its Cloud Computing service: Mercia. Mercia is often used by private companies, utilising the web and cloud computing storage services for a subscription fee. However, Mercia is also utilised by national governments and large corporations for a wide range of services; namely the handling and sorting of data collected and managed on behalf of government and corporate services and activities.
Atlas is the name of a range of computing devices designed and manufactured by Horizon. Originally started in 2010, the Atlas range was the first series of computers designed by the company, who before were satisfied with developing the software for other companies to incorporate into their hardware. As of 2019, the company offers the Atlas Book (a laptop), Atlas Tablet (touchscreen tablet), Atlas Phone (a smartphone with 5" and 6" variants), Atlas Hub (a smart speaker connected to Horizon's AI 'Cecil') and the Atlas Studio (an all-in-one desktop PC).
Horizon offers a range of telecommunication hardware solutions ranging from satellites, optic fibre cables and signal boosters. Horizon holds a monopoly of telecommunication services in Altera, with 90% of users purchasing phone and internet services through the company. Whilst smaller independent companies offering similar services do exist, Horizon is the clear dominant market force.
Conway's Saio Z laptop
running SkyLight 10
Horizon's Atlas laptop
running SkyLight 10
Horizon's Atlas smartphone
running Skylight Phone 10