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The Life of Bill Gates

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  1. The Life of Bill Gates

  2. The Early Years • William Henry Gates III • Born October 28, 1955 in Seattle Washington • Attended a public elementary school and excelled above all expectation

  3. The Early Years • Enrolled into the prestigious and private Lakeside School at age 13. Here he met Paul Allen • Gates and his friends became obsessed with computer time, forming Lakeside Programmers Group

  4. The Early Years • The group was suspended from the computer room for several weeks due to hacking • Computer Center Corporation, C-Cubed, hired the boys to find bugs in their system • C-Cubed goes out of business, forcing the group to look elsewhere for computer time

  5. The Early Years • Information Services Inc. hired the group to create a payroll for their company in exchange for unlimited computer time • Due to their business deal the Lakeside Programmers Group had to become a legal business

  6. The Early Years • As The Lakeside Programmers Group, Gates and his friends created a scheduling system for the Lakeside School when they graduated • The group then became Traf-O-Data, creating a program to measure traffic flow for the Washington States Road Department

  7. The Early Years • Bill Gates enrolled at Harvard in 1973 for pre-law because he was unsure of what he wanted to do • One day when Paul Allen was visiting Gates at Harvard he bought an issue of Popular Electronics that would change their lives forever

  8. The Early Years • This issue featured the first ever microcomputer: MITS’ (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) Altair 8800 • Gates called MITS and told them that he and Allen had written a BASIC for their new computer • This was in fact, untrue, but MITS wanted to see their code

  9. The Early Years • Gates and Allen worked for eight weeks on the code • When it was finally finished, Allen brought it to MITS’ headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico • The code worked perfectly, and so Microsoft was born

  10. The beginning of Microsoft • Micro-Soft is founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen • The original name was Micro-Soft which was an abbreviation for microcomputer software • The name changed to Microsoft without the hyphen soon after the founding of the company • Gates dropped out of Harvard during his junior in order to devote energy to Microsoft

  11. The beginning of Microsoft • Throughout his career in computer software Bill Gates has fought aggressively to eliminate software piracy

  12. The beginning of Microsoft • On November 1, 1978 the Microsoft went international and opened a sales office in Japan

  13. The beginning of Microsoft • Microsoft develops the MS-DOS • MS-DOS puts Microsoft on the map • MS-DOS is licensed to IBM

  14. The beginning of Microsoft • Microsoft develops Windows • A version of the GUI • Alternative to DOS • Not originally popular

  15. Microsoft Grows • In 1991 Microsoft Windows 3.0 is introduced • sells over 10 million copies • Microsoft expands overseas

  16. Microsoft Grows • In 1992 Windows 3.1 is introduced • Gates receives the National Medal of Technology for Technological Achievement • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups wins an award for technical excellence from PC Magazine

  17. Microsoft Grows • Other Operating Systems • Windows NT • Windows 95 • Windows 98 • Windows 2000 • Windows ME • Windows XP

  18. Microsoft Today • July 2008, Gates will step down as Chief Software Architect • He still remains the Chairman • Gates wants to spend more time with family and charitable events

  19. Personal Life • Married in 1994, on an island in Hawaii • Three children • Estate worth $62,514,400

  20. Personal Life • Bill Gates and his criminal record

  21. Charity • Philanthropist • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation • Global Health Program • Global Development Program • United States Program