Bill Gates, an Innovator, an Entrepreneur, His Last Day Today at Microsoft – A 33 year Era End’s… Well Partially

 

Traff-O-Data was the first company that Bill an Paul Allen found in 1975 to sell software for  measuring traffic data. But soon after the first MIPS ALTAIR 8800 came along the vision of these two, especially of Bill Gates changed like anything, leading to the formation of a global enterprise and himself being the richest man for about 13 years. So here is my tribute to one of my ideal’s, who you have to agree has changed our lives phenomenally.

The Early Years

Born on Oct. 28, 1955, Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Their father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School. There, he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13.

Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973. He scored 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs, the standardized test for college admissions in the United States, and subsequently enrolled at Harvard College in the fall of 1973.image

In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft’s chief executive officer. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer – the MITS Altair.

 

In his junior year, Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, they began developing software for personal computers. Gates’ foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry.

During Microsoft’s early years, all employees had broad responsibility for the company’s business. Gates oversaw the business details, but continued to write code as well. In the first five years, he personally reviewed every line of code the company shipped, and often rewrote parts of it as he saw fit.

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But Before We Continue, Let us See A cool Video Of Bill Gates Lat Day of Work.. He showed at The CES in January.

Last Day of Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Deal of The Century With IBM

A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software. That, Bill Gates has often said, is the vision on which he and Paul Allen founded their software company in 1975. There’s debate over when the mantra was first articulated—the earliest known instances go back only to the mid-1980s—but this much is undeniable: Microsoft made that audacious goal a reality.

In 1980 IBM approached Microsoft to make the BASIC interpreter for its upcoming personal computer, the IBM PC. When IBM’s representatives mentioned that they needed an operating system, Gates referred them to Digital Research (DRI), makers of the widely used CP/M operating system.IBM’s discussions with Digital Research went poorly, and they did not reach a licensing agreement. IBM representative Jack Sams mentioned the licensing difficulties during a subsequent meeting with Gates and told him to get an acceptable operating system. A few weeks later Gates proposed using 86-DOS (QDOS), an operating system similar to CP/M that Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer Products had made for hardware similar to the PC. Microsoft made a deal with SCP to become the exclusive licensing agent, and later the full owner, of 86-DOS. After adapting the operating system for the PC, Microsoft delivered it to IBM as PC-DOS in exchange for a one-time fee of $80,000. Gates insisted that IBM let Microsoft keep the copyright on the operating system, because he believed that other hardware vendors would clone IBM’s system. They did, and the sales of MS-DOS made Microsoft a major player in the industry.

But But Now, Before Moving on Further Lest View this Fantastic Video By Microsoft itself in respect to Bill. ( You Will need silverlight for this)

Today, as Gates prepares to step down from day-to-day management of the company, another fact is clear: The modern Microsoft remains a company in search of a second act. True, it remains one of the world’s most profitable enterprises, raking in more dough in its 2007 fiscal year than Apple, Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and Adobe combined.

“We’ve really achieved the ideal of what I wanted Microsoft to become.”

-Bill Gates, June 2008

 

He eventually led a company that last year earned more than $51 billion, employed more than 78,000 people, and operated in 105 countries and regions worldwide. And he became quite rich—with an estimated personal wealth of $58 billion, which has afforded him the opportunity to become a philanthropist.

Microsoft is, of course, more than simply Windows, and Gates’s drive to branch out into new areas such as word processing software, databases and Web browsers fueled the company’s growth. This ambition also got the company into hot water with the U.S. Department of Justice (including one antitrust case
that dragged on for six years), which has repeatedly accused Microsoft of locking out competitors by packaging its best-selling operating system with software such as its Windows Explorer Web browser and Windows Media Player (for playing audio and video files via a PC).
&ampampampampampampampampampampampquotBill Gates is the quintessential risk taker," says Joshua Schuler, executive director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lemelson–M.I.T. Program, a nonprofit organization that awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to inventors annually. &ampampampampampampampampampampampquotHe understands that innovation is all about taking risks and being okay with the prospect of failure."

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has selected Jeff Raikes as the next CEO of the foundation. Raikes, former president of the Microsoft Business Division, will assume the role presently held by Patty Stonesifer on Sept. 2, 2008.

The Early Day’s … In Pictures.

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Guess Who of this group is Bill Gates…

 

A young Gates wasn’t always taken seriously, though. Just ask Miriam Lubow, who was the original receptionist for the company. (She missed the Albuquerque photo shoot because of a snowstorm.) She was hired by Steve Wood while Gates was away. She is retired and actively involved in many projects, including an autobiography.

&ampampampampampampampampampampampquotOne morning in comes this kid, sneakers and blue jeans and hair disheveled, and I’m thinking this kid doesn’t belong here, what is he doing?" Lubow recounted to many laughs from her old colleagues. &ampampampampampampampampampampampquotHe runs by my office and goes into the computer room that Steve said ‘nobody should go in there; it’s private. Don’t let anybody in there.’"

She quickly went to tell Wood. &ampampampampampampampampampampampquotI said, look Steve, this kid runs in there, and he’s in that room, and he’s working like he owns this place, and Steve says, ‘Well, you know what, he does. He’s your boss. He’s the president.’"

In 1999, Gates wrote Business @ the Speed of Thought, a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways. The book was published in 25 languages and is available in more than 60 countries. Business @ the Speed of Thought has received wide critical acclaim, and was listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com. Gates’ previous book, The Road Ahead, published in 1995, held the No. 1 spot on the New York Times’ bestseller list for seven weeks.

 

 

Gates was married on Jan. 1, 1994, to Melinda French Gates. They have three children. Gates is an avid reader, and enjoys playing golf and bridge.

 

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Picture Nostalgia

 

Paul Allen (left) and Bill Gates Oct. 19, 1981 surrounded by personal computers, shortly after signing a major contract with IBM to write software for their upcoming line of PCs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A photo of the Albuquerque Group, the original 11 members of Microsoft that worked at the company in Albuquerque, New Mexico before Microsoft relocated to Washington state. Pictured are, back row, from left: Steve Wood, Bob Wallace, Jim Lane; second row, from left: Bob O' Rear, Bob Greenberg, Marc McDonald, Gordon Letwin; front row, from left: Bill Gates, Andrea Lewis, Marla Wood, Paul Allen. Dec. 7, 1978

The Very famous “Albuquerque Group” 11. Figure out where is Bill over here.

 Traf-O-Data 8008 Computer with a tape readerBill Gates and Paul Allen

 


 

 

Microsoft First Business Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Windows World + Software’s = Domination

Microsoft is, of course, more than simply Windows, and Gates’s drive to branch out into new areas such as word processing software, databases and Web browsers fueled the company’s growth. This ambition also got the company into hot water with the U.S. Department of Justice (including one antitrust case that dragged on for six years), which has repeatedly accused Microsoft of locking out competitors by packaging its best-selling operating system with software such as its Windows Explorer Web browser and Windows Media Player (for playing audio and video files via a PC).

After the release of windows 3.1, Microsoft’s glory day’s began. Selling more than a million copies world over and a young 31 year old Bill Gates becomes the youngest Self made Billionaire in March 1987. Beating lotus notes and bringing out software’s such as Microsoft office especially excel in those days had a great fight with Lotus Spreadsheet’s. But eventually the GUI concept ; which initially was termed as “Stupid” worked out to be the most invigorating idea of all times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the big break through came when Windows 95 was released. People just loved it so much that they bought multiple copies and it was sold worldwide at it had simplified the world of operating systems. Microsoft Chairman now became the richest man in the world with over $90 Billion in his pockets.

 

Bill Gates speaking during the launch of Microsoft Windows 95 in Redmond, Wash. Aug. 24, 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

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He eventually led a company that last year earned more than $51 billion, employed more than 78,000 people, and operated in 105 countries and regions worldwide. And he became quite rich—with an estimated personal wealth of $58 billion, which has afforded him the opportunity to become a philanthropist.

A young Gates wasn’t always taken seriously, though. Just ask Miriam Lubow, who was the original receptionist for the company. (She missed the Albuquerque photo shoot because of a snowstorm.) She was hired by Steve Wood while Gates was away. She is retired and actively involved in many projects, including an autobiography.

"One morning in comes this kid, sneakers and blue jeans and hair disheveled, and I’m thinking this kid doesn’t belong here, what is he doing?" Lubow recounted to many laughs from her old colleagues. "He runs by my office and goes into the computer room that Steve said ‘nobody should go in ther
e; it’s private. Don’t let anybody in there.’"

She quickly went to tell Wood. "I said, look Steve, this kid runs in there, and he’s in that room, and he’s working like he owns this place, and Steve says, ‘Well, you know what, he does. He’s your boss. He’s the president.’"

Software such as Window’s indeed proved and realized his dream of windows-xp-sp3Computer in Every home.Other later software’s such as windows Xp proved to be big successes. Along with many other divisions, Microsoft hardly focused on its critically acclaimed Xbox gaming console, Zune its Ipod competitor and Live platform for online services. All under the flagship windows. Recent release of the surface touch computing table and other software making tools such as the Visual Studio  2008, silverlight platform against adobes highly acclaimed flash and even SQL server against long time rival, Oracle and DB2 are all brainchild’s of Bill Gates and his associates.

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But there were not only successes in his life. Many a times when he used to go to inaugurate his companies new products especially windows, the famous “Blue screen of Death” often came along.But Bill’s Mighty heart never got upset, being programmer himself he knew that code was not perfect and can never be. It’s the idea that creates value.

 

An Author As Well – Bill Has Done Everything!!!

Today, as Gates prepares to step down from day-to-day management of the company, another fact is clear: The modern Microsoft remains a company in search of a second act. True, it remains one of the world’s most profitable enterprises, raking in more dough in its 2007 fiscal year than Apple, Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and Adobe combined. But can the second act come from his books that he wrote???. Many thing that he had envisioned in the 90’s are truly becoming a reality today take for instance the BlackBerry.

In 1999, Gates wrote Business @ the Speed of Thought, a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways. The book was published in 25 languages and is available in more than 60 countries. Business @ the Speed of Thought has received wide critical acclaim, and was listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com. Gates’ previous book, The Road Ahead, published in 1995, held the No. 1 spot on the New York Times’ bestseller list for seven weeks.

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Recognition

Time magazine named Gates one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century, as well as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004, 2005, and 2006. Time also collectively named Gates, his wife Melinda and alternative rock band U2’s lead singer Bono as the 2005 Persons of the Year for their humanitarian efforts. In 2006, he was voted eighth in the list of "Heroes of our time".] Gates was listed in the Sunday Times power list in 1999, named CEO of the year by Chief Executive Officers magazine in 1994, ranked number one in the "Top 50 Cyber Elite" by Time in 1998, ranked number two in the Upside Elite 100 in 1999 and was included in The Guardian as one of the "Top 100 influential people in media" in 2001.

"Bill Gates is the quintessential risk taker," says Joshua Schuler, executive director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lemelson–M.I.T. Program, a nonprofit organization that awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to inventors annually. "He understands that innovation is all about taking risks and being okay with the prospect of failure."

Philanthropy – Let Me Save The World Now!!!

So called his second career, Philanthropy is also important to Gates. He and his wife, msMelinda, have endowed a foundation with more than $28.8 billion (as of January 2005) to support philanthropic initiatives in the areas of global health and learning, with the hope that in the 21st century, advances in these critical areas will be available for all people. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed more than $3.6 billion to organizations working in global health; more than $2 billion to improve learning opportunities, including the Gates Library Initiative to bring computers, Internet Access and training to public libraries in low-income communities in the United States and Canada; more than $477 million to community projects in the Pacific Northwest; and more than $488 million to special projects and annual giving campaigns.

The Future of Microsoft

Well, after the web bubble and the rapid growth of Google as the web Giant, this question really remains that after today, as Bill will be only giving 1 day in a week to Microsoft (20% of his time) and the rest to his philanthropic ventures, who will bring park into the Redmond Based Giant.

Before we proceed lets see this fantastic interview about what NEXT. Courtesy of Channel 9 of Microsoft.

Bill Gates: Transitioning into the Future

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“We’ve really achieved the ideal of what I wanted Microsoft to become.”

-Bill Gates, June 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Harvard dropout was the wealthiest person on the planet for years — worth more than $100 billion in 1999.

We weren’t that well-known publicly until sometime in the 1980s, and one of my favorite articles was where they wrote that there were four software companies, and none of them was that much different than the others. But we knew at that time that the other three just weren’t long term, hiring the right people, thinking globally.

Someday they will write that Microsoft has peaked, and someday they will be right. They said we didn’t understand server operating systems, and that only Sun Microsystems with Unix understood those things, and I can show you the articles. They never do follow-up articles; I don’t understand why. When they predict my death, they never reincarnate me.

Ballmer and Bill   Dancing Bill

 

In 2006 June, when bill announced his semi-retirement plan, he named after him many people who could,as he believes fit into his shoes. Ray Ozzie is acclaimed by all to be heading Microsoft into the new cloud space which will indeed bring the giant more into a circle of reliability and trust as the new Chief Software Architect.

While as Steve Ballmer (buddy-O –Bill) will remain the CEO of Microsoft. Jeff Reikes will now become the new CEO of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation as of 2nd Sept 2008. While as for the research and strategic development head, it will be headed by Craig Mundie.

A Thankyou for Bill – from Microsoft and His FANS

I know this is a very long tribute, but it is worth writing about a pioneer of our era. The person without whose contribution the PC in every home dream would never have been thought off nor realized. Without whom the world could not have found competitiveness and without whom software could not realized it’s potential and the true value of computer science would not have been globally visualized.

Today at the townhall meeting Steve Ballmer along with almost a 1000 employees gave a scrapbook to Bill  Gates of his cherished memories.

 

 

 

 

And in conclusion in the words of the Pioneer Himself.

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Chairman

“We’ve really achieved the ideal of what I wanted Microsoft to become.”

-Bill Gates, June 2008

 

 

So anybody (17-21)  year old interested in starting up a company to be the world’s richest and doing work like Bill, quitting college and then getting a honorary degree after  32 years.         contact ME 😛

Do Comment and Enjoy.

 

Samir Saleem

An innovative and dynamic marketing expert having worked for both local and multinational organisations,having expertise in leading diverse assignments on devising digital/social media marketing strategies, promotions, public relations and business development. As an experienced social media strategist and business analyst, he manages several brands via his 2nd Startup Hybrid Signals (www.hybridsignals.com) Samir is an award winning technology and social media blogger and can be reached at samzbest@gmail.com

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3 Responses

  1. Malik Ali says:

    Nice tribute to BG who is not just a successful enterpreneur but he has contributed a large for the development of humanity making the technology accessible to everyone. However, I may not agree with your closing remark on his education and leaving college to establish his business. This is creating in inappoperiate message for college going youths.

    Malik Ali

  2. Mr. Nissan says:

    I see that windows is trying to look very high tech. I love those pics at the top and love you page

  3. Post Jobs says:

    Hey! Congrats. That was a great article. I am ready to find out more about this particular line of information. See ya. Greetings from Pennard.

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