Bill Gates Essay

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"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." -Bill Gates (Bill 1). Microsoft Windows, as of October 2013, is used by approximately 85 percent of all laptops and desktops worldwide (StatCounter 1). The Windows operating system is the pride and joy of the programmer, inventor, and co-founder of Microsoft, William Henry Gates III. His impact on the world has been astronomical resulting in many advancements in science and technology that just wouldn’t have been possible without him. In order to fully understand his significance and influence in the world, one must be knowledgeable of his background, the critics view of his most famous achievement, and must have a discussion about his impact and …show more content…
Allen and Gates quickly became best friends, as they shared the same love of computers and technology. When Gates was eighteen he went into business with his new friend and created a computer program named "Traf-o-Data", which they sold for an impressive $20,000 (Bill 3). In order to attend college Gates took the SAT on which he scored a 1590 out of 1600, a feat of astronomical brilliance, more than enough to land him enrollment in Harvard (Bill 3). However after a short amount of time Gates decided to reunite with his friend Allen at a company called Honeywell. When the new mini-computer called the Altair 8800 was released the two men realised the what the manufactures of the Altaire needed more than anything was programs for users who would use those programs to run the computer. Gates and Allen together founded Microsoft and they began work. Their newly designed software was called BASIC and was used by a majority of Altaire users. In November of 1980 when IBM was just getting into the personal computer business they were looking for a software that would run their computer (Bellis 4). Gates met with IBM and thoroughly convinced them that they were capable of meeting their desires for a software, winning the deal. However there was one key catch, Microsoft had not yet actually designed a software for IBM. Gates in fact actually bought the license of a program designed to work on a computer similar

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