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Want to learn more about the enigmatic philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft? Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller were two "insiders" who wrote this book on the success and sordid details of Bill Gates' company. Based on accounts by the daughter of a Microsoft spin doctor and a year veteran Microsoft developer, it gives the scoop on Microsoft's history from the early '80s to the present. The book is filled with juicy bits of gossip and humor. Some highlights include the Netscape vs. Explorer wars and Microsoft's trial with the Justice Department. This includes ten ways Bill Gates succeeded, and how you could apply it towards your own success.
When he said he'd like to see it, Gates and Allen, who actually hadn't written anything, starting working day and night in Harvard's computer lab.
Because they did not have an Altair to work on, they were forced to simulate it on other computers. When Allen flew to Albuquerque to test the program on the Altair, neither he nor Gates was sure it would run. But run it did. Gates dropped out of Harvard and moved with Allen to Albuquerque, where they officially established Microsoft. The duo moved the company to Seattle in , and that's when Microsoft hit the big time.
Much as Gates had anticipated, after the first IBM PCs were released, cloners such as Compaq began producing compatible PCs, and the market was soon flooded with clones.
Microsoft expanded into applications software and continued to grow unchecked until , when Apple introduced the first Macintosh computer.
In response to this threat, Gates announced that Microsoft was developing its own GUI-based operating system called Windows. Gates then took Microsoft public in to generate capital. The IPO was a roaring success, making Gates one of the wealthiest people in the country overnight. When Windows was finally released in , it wasn't exactly the breakthrough Gates had predicted. Critics claimed it was slow and cumbersome.
Apple wasn't exactly pleased either. They saw Windows as a rip-off of the Macintosh operating system and sued. The case would drag on until the mids, when the courts finally decided that Apple's suit had no merit. Meanwhile, Gates worked on improving Windows. Subsequent versions of the program ran faster and froze less frequently.
Third-party programmers began developing Windows-based programs, and Microsoft's own applications became hot sellers. By , Windows was selling at a rate of 1 million copies per month and was estimated to be running on nearly 85 percent of the world's computers.
Microsoft solidified its industry dominance in the mids by combining Windows with its other applications into "suites" and persuading leading computer makers to preload their software on every computer they sold.
But with success has come scrutiny. Microsoft's competitors have complained that the company uses its operating system monopoly to retard the development of new technology -- a claim Gates soundly refutes. Nevertheless, the U. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against the company in over its practice of bundling software with Windows. In November , a U. Microsoft wrote software in different formats for other computer companies, and, at the beginning of , Gates moved the company's operations to Bellevue, Washington, just east of Seattle.
Gates was glad to be home again in the Pacific Northwest, and threw himself into his work.
All 25 employees of the young company had broad responsibilities for all aspects of the operation, product development, business development and marketing. At the age of 23, Gates placed himself as the head of the company. With his acumen for software development and a keen business sense, he led the company and worked as its spokesperson. Gates personally reviewed every line of code the company shipped, often rewriting code himself when he saw it necessary.
He often took his mother with him.
Mary was highly respected and well connected with her membership on several corporate boards, including IBM's. Legend has it that at the first meeting with Bill Gates someone at IBM mistook him for an office assistant and asked him to serve coffee. Gates did look very young, but he quickly impressed IBM, convincing them that he and his company could meet their needs.
The only problem was that Microsoft had not developed the basic operating system that would run IBM's new computers. He made a deal with the software's developer, making Microsoft the exclusive licensing agent and later full owner of the software but not telling them of the IBM deal.
The company later sued Microsoft and Gates for withholding important information. Microsoft settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, but neither Gates nor Microsoft admitted to any wrongdoing. IBM wanted to download the source code, which would have given them the information to the operating system. Gates refused, instead proposing that IBM pay a licensing fee for copies of the software sold with their computers.
Following the development of software for IBM, between and Microsoft's growth exploded. In mid, Gates and Allen incorporated Microsoft, and Gates was appointed president and chairman of the board.
Allen was named executive vice president. By , Microsoft was going global with offices in Great Britain and Japan. An estimated 30 percent of the world's computers ran on its software.
In , Apple, at the time led by Steve Jobs , invited Microsoft to help develop software for Macintosh computers. Some developers were involved in both Microsoft development and the development of Microsoft applications for Macintosh. The collaboration could be seen in some shared names between the Microsoft and Macintosh systems. It was through this knowledge sharing that Microsoft developed Windows, a system that used a mouse to drive a graphic interface, displaying text and images on the screen.
This differed greatly from the text-and-keyboard driven MS-DOS system where all text formatting showed on the screen as code and not what actually would be printed. For the unsophisticated user—which was most of the downloading public—the graphic imagery of the competing VisiCorp software used in a Macintosh system would be so much easier to use.
Gates announced in an advertising campaign that a new Microsoft operating system was about to be developed that would use a graphic interface. The announcement was a bluff, in that Microsoft had no such program under development. As a marketing tactic it was sheer genius. Nearly 30 percent of the computer market was using the MS-DOS system and would wait for Windows software rather than change to a new system.
Without people willing to change formats, software developers were unwilling to write programs for the VisiCorp system and it lost momentum by early In November , nearly two years after his announcement, Bill Gates and Microsoft launched Windows. Visually the Windows system looked very similar to the Macintosh system Apple Computer Corporation had introduced nearly two years earlier. Apple had previously given Microsoft full access to their technology while it was working on making Microsoft products compatible for Apple computers.
Gates had advised Apple to license their software but they ignored the advice, being more interested in selling computers. Once again, Gates took full advantage of the situation and created a software format that was strikingly similar to the Macintosh.
Apple threatened to sue, and Microsoft retaliated, saying it would delay shipment of its Microsoft-compatible software for Macintosh users. In the end, Microsoft prevailed in the courts. It could prove that while there were similarities in how the two software systems operated, each individual function was distinctly different. Always checking on the competition over his shoulder, Gates developed a white-hot drive and competitive spirit.
Gates' assistant reported coming to work early to find someone sleeping under a desk. She considered calling security or the police, until she discovered it was Gates. Bill Gates' intelligence allowed him to see all sides of the software industry, from product development to corporate strategy.
When analyzing any corporate move, he developed a profile of all the possible cases and run through them, asking questions about anything that could possibly happen. He expected everyone in the company to have his same dedication. His confrontational management style became legend, as he would challenge employees and their ideas to keep the creative process going.
An unprepared presenter could hear, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard! This was as much a test of the rigor of the employee as it was Gates' passion for his company. He was constantly checking to see if the people around him were really convinced of their ideas. Rather than give in to the pressure, Gates pushed ahead with the Windows software, improving its operation and expanding its uses. In , Microsoft introduced Microsoft Office, which bundled office productivity applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel into one system that was compatible with all Microsoft products.
This left Microsoft with a virtual monopoly on operating systems for PCs.
Soon the Federal Trade Commission began to investigate Microsoft for unfair marketing practices. Some related allegations that Microsoft made unfair deals with computer manufacturers who installed the Windows operating system on their computers. Other charges involved Microsoft forcing computer manufacturers to sell Microsoft's Internet Explorer as a condition for selling the Windows operating system with their computers.
At one point, Microsoft faced a possible breakup of its two divisions—operating systems and software development. Microsoft defended itself, harking back to Bill Gates' earlier battles with software piracy and proclaiming that such restrictions were a threat to innovation. Eventually, Microsoft was able to find a settlement with the federal government to avoid a breakup.
Through it all, Gates found inventive ways to deflect the pressure with lighthearted commercials and public appearances at computer trade shows during which he posed as Star Trek's Mr.
Gates continued to run the company and weather the federal investigations through the s.
Gates positioned himself as chief software architect so he could concentrate on what was for him the more passionate side of the business, though he remained chairman of the board. In , 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, In February , Gates stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in order to move into a new position as technology adviser. The very bright and organized Melinda was a perfect match for Gates. In time, their relationship grew as they discovered an intimate and intellectual connection. On January 1, , Melinda and Bill were married in Hawaii.
Following the devastating death of his mother to breast cancer just a few months after their wedding, Bill and Melinda Gates took some time off in to travel and get a new perspective on life and the world. In , their first daughter, Jennifer, was born. Their son, Rory, was born in , and a second daughter, Phoebe, arrived in Gates held 45 percent of the company's Over time, the company's stock increased in value and split numerous times.