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Bill Gates: Microsoft Turns 40
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Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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4/6/2015 | 10:24:49 PM
Microsoft expanded the third party ecosystem
Bill Gates and Microsoft established somthing that was different from IBM, Digital Equipment and the Unix companies that had come before it. It produced a proprieary technology but opened it up to third party developers and users in ways that hadn't been done before. Microsoft was one of the first companies to realize that other companies would provide value to an ecosystem around its operating system. It maintained strict control of the OS and its interfaces but produced tools and libraries that third parties could use. The PC revolution expanded computer far beyond what it might have been without such an approach, although  would have liked to have seen what 2-3 PC operating system competitors might have produced. Part of the success of Windows was due to those agreements with manufacturers that, for a discount, allowed them to put Windows and only Windows on the systems they shipped. 
User Rank: Strategist
4/6/2015 | 1:25:49 PM
Re: Happy birthday Microsoft!
Microsoft certainly has its fair share of fans and haters, but I side with you on this. A company's history is a greater indicator of its success than its latest hit product. We might not see a fantastic new Microsoft product or service every other day, but no doubt the company shaped how we use computers. I think Gates makes a good point in saying that Microsoft has the foundation to make some major advancements in the future - also excited to see what's in store!

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