Bill Gates is an entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft
Gates began to show interest in computer programming at the age of 13 at the Lakeside School. He pursued his passion through college with his friend and business partner, Paul Allen. Through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics, he built the world's largest software company, Microsoft.
The Creation and History of Microsoft
10 years later, Microsoft released its first true attempt at a graphical user interface, Windows 1. Development was lead by Bill Gates. Two years later, Windows 2 was released in December 1987. The big innovation for Windows 2 was that windows could overlap each other, and it also introduced the ability to minimize or maximize windows instead of iconising and zooming. Windows 1 and Windows 2 were not very successful, however.
It was not until Windows 3 and Windows 3.1 that Windows began to gain popularity. Windows 3 introduced the ability to run MS-DOS programs in windows. The next Windows release, Windows 95, was perhaps the biggest release of Windows yet. It was the first Windows version to use the well known Start Menu. It was launched with a gigantic advertising campaign that used Rolling Stones' Start Me Up, and a couple of months later Friends' stars Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.
Following Windows 95, up until today, there would be another 10 versions of Windows released. This includes Windows 8, which was the first Windows version to not feature the Start Menu Windows 95 introduced. Instead, it featured a Start Screen. Windows 8.1 would reintroduce a Start Button, which brings up the Start Screen.
On June 18, 2012, Microsoft unveiled the Surface, a series of tablet computers running on Windows operating systems, designed and created by Microsoft. It was officially released on October 26, 2012 alongside with Windows 8. Windows 8 Phone was released three days later. About a year later, Microsoft released the Xbox One, it's current generation video game console. The Xbox One, like Windows 8 and Windows Phone, also uses the Metro design language.
Currently, Microsoft is working on the development of Windows 10 (It is unclear as to why Microsoft skipped the name Windows 9.) Microsoft is emphasizing that Windows 10 would take steps towards restoring user interface mechanics from Windows 7 for non-touch devices. Despite this, Microsoft also hopes to evolve the touch mechanisms for Windows 10 as well.
Bill Gates Work Outside of Microsoft
Bill Gates would step down from the day-to-day operations of Microsoft in 2000, turning over the job of CEO to college friend Steve Ballmer who had been at Microsoft since 1980. Over the next few years, his involvement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation occupied much of his time and even more of his interest. In 2006, Gates announced he was transitioning himself from full-time work at Microsoft, to devote more quality time to the Foundation. His last full day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. In February 2014, Gates announced that he would be stepping down as chairman of Microsoft in order to move into a new position as technology adviser. In addition, it was also reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be replaced by Satya Nadella, the current CEO of Microsoft.
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