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Bill Gates (New)

  1. 1. Bill Gates Maria-Gratias Sinon
  2. 2. Background info • Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington. • Interest in computers and programming started at age 13
  3. 3. His beginnings • Started programming for corporations and companies such as Seattle’s Computer Center Corporation (CCC) with his friends. • He later wrote and developed with his friend Paul Allen a program- a “BASIC” language that fitted into New Mexico’s MITS Company. The program made the industry dominate the software market.
  4. 4. Microsoft • Bill Gates and Paul Allen co-founded their own company named Microsoft Company in 1975. • With their continued success of $30000, Microsoft also worked for other companies such as Commodore and Apple.
  5. 5. Microsoft’s mission • To advance and improve on software technology and to make more accessible and affordable for people.
  6. 6. Risks • Gates and Allen borrowed $50000 to acquire an operating system named “Q-DOS” (Quick and Dirty Operating System) in order to sell it to a corporation named IBM (International Business Machines) • “Q-DOS” then changed into “MS-DOS” (Microsoft Disk Operating System)
  7. 7. Risks continues • Microsoft asked IBM to release its secret design formula so that software makers could create software more easily. • With IBM’s approval, over a hundred companies bought licenses to use “MS- DOS” so they would be IBM compatible.
  8. 8. Risks lead to success • “MS-DOS” made Gates’s fortune had been put into motion within a year. • Microsoft’s staff and profits had grown exponentially.
  9. 9. Other Accomplishments • Gates started to develop applications software: programs that tell a computer to perform specific tasks. Ex: word processing It helped software businesses.
  10. 10. Accomplishments continues • In 1987, a new and more powerful system that could perform multiple tasks at once by Microsoft was named OS/2. • It facilated computers’use and efficiency. • The availability of Microsoft Word (a word-processing program), Windows 3.0(operating system based on icons) expanded the number of computer users worldwide.
  11. 11. Works cited • Gates, Bill. Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2010. Grolier Online. 9 Feb.2010 http://gme.grolier.com/article?assetid=0116916-0. • Promoting Technology Adoption - and Prosperity - Through Public- Private Partnerships. Microsoft News Center. 8 May 2008. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/billg/writing/05-08- 08TechAdoption.mspx • Henry Unger. The Atlanta Journal- Constitution. Atlanta, Ga. 2 Feb. 2010. http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=1&did=1952510451 • Gates, Bill. American Social Leaders. 01 Jan 2001. eLibrary. Web. 19 Feb 2010. http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/elibweb/elib/do/document?set=di

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