I was checking out the new article archives feature on the Google News page a couple of weeks ago.
If you haven't noticed this feature and would like to try it out, just head over the Google News page (link provided at the top of our "links" section) and look underneath the main search toolbar for "News archive search".
Anyway, I think the first search term I entered into the archive search was "Microsoft".
Here's one of the search results that I found interesting: a 1987 BusinessWeek feature on Bill Gates and Microsoft entitled, "The Billion Dollar Whiz Kid".
Rare example of the article subject living up to the hype, huh?
Enjoy the article and check out the Google News search feature for yourself. Most of the articles seem to be behind a pay wall, but there are some nice examples of free content from the past.