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Bill Gates: Microsoft Turns 40
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User Rank: Ninja
4/6/2015 | 1:12:42 PM
Happy birthday Microsoft!
Love them or loathe them, I'm a huge fan of Microsoft.  Not only did they deliver on their promise to make computing available to a larger audience that was never really able to experience it before, but the amount of innovation that they continue to drive is incredible.  We can't expect every Microsoft product or service to be a hit, but we can't deny their place in the last 20 years of computing.  I am very excited to see the future they are working on, from those projects we already know about, and the ones that are still under wraps. 
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!
User Rank: Ninja
4/6/2015 | 4:00:55 PM
Re: Happy birthday Microsoft!
I think it's easy to imagine the fact that Microsoft is 40 when you consider how much they have changed over the years. 

I also think that the company is in line for some serious changes, and I believe the new leadership is willing to make that happen. 
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
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: Moderator
4/7/2015 | 2:59:26 PM
Thank you Microsott
Thanks Microsoft for making a personal computer available to me. Thank you Microsoft for advancing the personal computer as a vehicle for my continuing education - whether or not it increases my income.


Where would the internet and Wall Street be had not personal computing evolved to include "pc networks" and a global internet?


Bill Gates - I respect your good works. I've always felt you had your feet on the ground, even if it wasn't the best thing for your marketing department. I always remember years ago near the beginning of the PC revolution ala dial-up connections when some interviewer asked about PCs all over the world ... etc, and you mentioned how many places have other concerns - like food, like water, like electricity.


Take care. Thanks.

User Rank: Ninja
4/7/2015 | 3:54:02 PM
Powers Millions of Devices?
I think that might be underestimating the magnitude of Windows penetration.  Aren't there are AT LEAST 1 billion Windows desktops?  Although non-desktop use cases are increasingly replacing Windows with Android and/or Linux variants, there are still countless Windows-based ATM, Kiosk, POS and various automated controller installations -- perhaps enough to make the desktop billion plural.

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