Bill Gates: Wikis

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Did you know ...


More interesting facts on Bill Gates

Include this on your site/blog:

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bill Gates

Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2007
Born October 28, 1955 (1955-10-28) (age 54)
Seattle, Washington, USA
Residence Medina, Washington, USA
Alma mater Harvard University (dropped out in 1975)
Occupation Chairman of Microsoft
Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Director of Berkshire Hathaway
CEO of Cascade Investment
Net worth US$53 billion (2010)[1]
Spouse(s) Melinda Gates (1994–present)
Children 3
Signature
Website
Bill Gates
.William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955)[2] is an American business magnate, philanthropist, and chairman[3] of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen.^ But Microsoft chairman Bill Gates refused to do so here this week.
  • Bill Gates: News & Videos about Bill Gates - CNN.com 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ William Henry Gates III was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955 to wealthy parents.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ William Henry Gates III was born October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, to a family with a rich history in business, politics, and community service.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

.He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people[4] and the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2010, excluding 2007.[1] During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock.^ He is ranked consistently one of the world's wealthiest people[4] and the wealthiest overall as of 2009.
  • The Becker-Posner Blog: Bill Gates on Corporate Philanthropy--Posner 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.becker-posner-blog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock.
  • The Becker-Posner Blog: Bill Gates on Corporate Philanthropy--Posner 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.becker-posner-blog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gates was clearly relishing his new role as chief software architect.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

[5] .He has also authored or co-authored several books.^ He has also authored or co-authored several books.

^ With David Culler and Jaswinder Pal Singh, he co-authored the book "Parallel Computer Architecture: A Hardware-Software Approach" in 1998.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.^ Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.
  • The Becker-Posner Blog: Bill Gates on Corporate Philanthropy--Posner 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.becker-posner-blog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That was the private Lakeside School, now known as the place where Bill Gates discovered computers.
  • Raising Bill Gates - WSJ.com 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ Bill Gates is probably best known for his nerdiness, followed by his alleged arrogance and greed.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Although he is admired by many, a number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts (see Criticism of Microsoft).^ Although he is admired by many, a number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts (see Criticism of Microsoft ).

^ Although he is admired by many, a large number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Although he is admired by many, a number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts.
  • The Becker-Posner Blog: Bill Gates on Corporate Philanthropy--Posner 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.becker-posner-blog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[6][7] In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.
.Bill Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect.^ Lu reports to Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But Microsoft chairman Bill Gates refused to do so here this week.
  • Bill Gates: News & Videos about Bill Gates - CNN.com 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Bill Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January, 2000.

.In June, 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.^ News conference announcing plans for full-time philanthropy work and part-time Microsoft work, June 15, 2006, Redmond, Wash.
  • The quotable Bill Gates: In his own words 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.computerworld.com [Source type: General]

^ Bill would have the opportunity to spend all his time on charity work (go Bill and Melinda!
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ Bill Gates, would you be an asshole?
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

.He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer.^ Craig Mundie is chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft Corp., reporting to CEO Steve Ballmer.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer.
  • The Becker-Posner Blog: Bill Gates on Corporate Philanthropy--Posner 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.becker-posner-blog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Chief technology Officer, Ray Ozzie follows the "Microsoft Method" too.
  • Presentation Zen: Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC presentationzen.blogs.com [Source type: General]

.Gates' last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.^ June 29, 2008 at 9:27 PM .
  • Bill Gates: Entrepreneur, Manager, and Leader - BV Krishnamurthy - Harvard Business Review 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blogs.harvardbusiness.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gates' last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008.

^ He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.

Contents

Early life

Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates, of English, German, and Scotch-Irish descent.[8][9] .His family was upper middle class; his father was a prominent lawyer, his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way, and her father, J. W. Maxwell, was a national bank president.^ His family was upper middle class; his father was a prominent lawyer, his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way , and her father, J. W. Maxwell, was a national bank president.

^ His mother, Mary Maxwell Gates (1929-1994), was the daughter of J.W. Maxwell, a national bank president.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ His mother, Mary, is a University of Washington regent and a director of First Interstate Bank.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

.Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), and one younger sister, Libby.^ Gates has one older sister, Kristi (Kristianne) and one younger sister, Libby (now Libby Armintrout).
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), and one younger sister, Libby.

.He was the fourth of his name in his family, but was known as William Gates III or "Trey" because his father had dropped his own "III" suffix.^ He was the fourth of his name in his family but was known as William Gates III or “Trey” because his father had dropped his own “III” suffix.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ My family calls me Trey because I'm William the third.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ He was the fourth of his name in his family, but was known as William Gates III or "Trey" because his father had dropped his own "III" suffix.

[10] .Early on in his life, Gates' parents had a law career in mind for him.^ Early on in his life, Gates' parents had a law career in mind for him.

^ He uses Bill Gates life as an example, showing how a series of small starts pushed him towards starting one of the largest companies in the world.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ Adam Rulli-Gibbs September 14th, 2009 4:09 pm Perhaps the luckiest break Bill Gates got was to find something so profitable and so interesting to him, so early in life.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

[11]
At 13 he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school.[12] .When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School's rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students.^ When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School's rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students.

^ To assure Lakeside’s students wouldn’t be left behind, the school held a fund-raiser and, with the proceeds, rented what it thought would be a year’s worth of time on a computer owned by General Electric.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ That was the private Lakeside School, now known as the place where Bill Gates discovered computers.

[13] .Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest.^ Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest.

^ Over the summer, Gates and Allen wrote the program, which coincidentally assured that Gates was assigned to classes with mostly girls—a sequence straight out of a nerd’s revenge movie.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ Intrigued, Bill Gates called the new microcomputer’s creators, Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), to demonstrate the programming language he had written for the system.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer.^ He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer.

^ I am not saying that all software company got together in the dark corner and conspire against users of computer programs.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is designed to allow the user to get work done with minimal distraction from the computer itself.
  • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

.Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly.^ GATES: How would they know?
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly.

^ GATES: [Laughs] The washing machine example is extreme, but people do sometimes kid us that we see an opportunity to sell our software in broad areas.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

.When he reflected back on that moment, he commented on it and said, "There was just something neat about the machine."^ When he reflected back on that moment, he commented on it and said, "There was just something neat about the machine."

^ You probably would have said the same thing about IBMs dominance, back when Microsoft was starting.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There was a time when computers had a bloody nightmare just getting organized, and we needed something massive force stuff into some kind of order.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

[14] .After the Mothers Club donation was exhausted, he and other students sought time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers.^ Didn’t he use the time on Harvard’s PDP-10 from his student account, which conditions specifically forbid commercial use, and never paid for it?
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He also has worked in several other areas at Microsoft, including networking, operating systems and developer tools, where he previously served as general manager for Visual Studio.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He and three fellow students (including future Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen) were banned for one summer after they were caught exploiting bugs in a computer operating system to obtain free computer time.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC), which banned four Lakeside students—Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Kent Evans—for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.^ At the end of the ban, the four students offered to find bugs in CCC's software in exchange for computer time.

^ He and three fellow students (including future Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen) were banned for one summer after they were caught exploiting bugs in a computer operating system to obtain free computer time.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC), which banned four Lakeside students—Gates, Paul Allen , Ric Weiland , and Kent Evans—for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.

[15]
.At the end of the ban, the four students offered to find bugs in CCC's software in exchange for computer time.^ At the end of the ban, the four students offered to find bugs in CCC's software in exchange for computer time.

^ One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC), which banned four Lakeside students—Gates, Paul Allen , Ric Weiland , and Kent Evans—for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.

^ If the deal goes through, it will be the first time a computer software company has acquired a major world religion.

.Rather than use the system via teletype, Gates went to CCC's offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including programs in FORTRAN, LISP, and machine language.^ From 2002 to 2006, he served as corporate vice president of Office Program Management, overseeing the planning and design activities for future versions of the system.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Intrigued, Bill Gates called the new microcomputer’s creators, Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), to demonstrate the programming language he had written for the system.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In addition at that time software was generally easily availible it was BillG who really mastered putting "gates" around source code.
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

.The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970, when the company went out of business.^ The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970, when the company went out of business.

^ I can't wait until the day NO ONE can access their site and they go out of business because they are too stupid to survive.
  • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

^ And that company probably competes directly with Microsoft so I will support the underdog in this case...until Microsoft comes out with a better product.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

.The following year, Information Sciences Inc.^ The following year, Information Sciences Inc.

hired the four .Lakeside students to write a payroll program in COBOL, providing them computer time and royalties.^ To assure Lakeside’s students wouldn’t be left behind, the school held a fund-raiser and, with the proceeds, rented what it thought would be a year’s worth of time on a computer owned by General Electric.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

.After his administrators became aware of his programming abilities, Gates wrote the school's computer program to schedule students in classes.^ After his administrators became aware of his programming abilities, Gates wrote the school's computer program to schedule students in classes.

^ He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer.

^ Over the summer, Gates and Allen wrote the program, which coincidentally assured that Gates was assigned to classes with mostly girls—a sequence straight out of a nerd’s revenge movie.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

.He modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students.^ He modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students.

.He later stated that "it was hard to tear myself away from a machine at which I could so unambiguously demonstrate success."^ He later stated that "it was hard to tear myself away from a machine at which I could so unambiguously demonstrate success."

[14] .At age 17, Gates formed a venture with Allen, called Traf-O-Data, to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor.^ And in what would become his first major collaboration with Paul Allen, his future Microsoft cofounder, Mr. Gates designed the "Traf-O-Data", a device for counting cars traveling over a section of road.

^ Gates and Allen were relatively unchallenged in computer programming, as so few people their age had access to computers while in school, .
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

[16] .In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives.^ In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives.

^ The latter is listed at snopes.com as an urban legend, and Gates has addressed the 640K quote in interviews (see more coverage on our "Bill Gates Moves On" page) .
  • The quotable Bill Gates: In his own words 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.computerworld.com [Source type: General]

^ If Bill Gates believes that there are profits to be made serving the poor, he has tens of billions of dollars at his disposal to make that happen.
  • Bill Gates Was Creative at Microsoft 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC cafehayek.com [Source type: Original source]

[17]
Bill Gates' mugshot from a traffic violation in 1977
.Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973. He scored 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT[18] and enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn of 1973.[19] While at Harvard, he met Steve Ballmer, who later succeeded Gates as CEO of Microsoft, and computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou, with whom he wrote a paper about pancake sorting.^ Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There he met his future business partner, Steve Ballmer, whom he later appointed as CEO of Microsoft.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Steve Ballmer became Microsoft’s president and CEO. .
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[20] .He did not have a definite study plan while a student at Harvard[21] and spent a lot of time using the school's computers.^ I had spent a lot of time up there."
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He did not have a definite study plan while a student at Harvard 23 and spent a lot of time using the school's computers.

^ And a lot of the kids did, because kids tend to use computers more.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

.He remained in contact with Paul Allen, joining him at Honeywell during the summer of 1974.[22] The following year saw the release of the MITS Altair 8800 based on the Intel 8080 CPU, and Gates and Allen saw this as the opportunity to start their own computer software company.^ He remained in contact with Paul Allen, joining him at Honeywell during the summer of 1974.

^ The following year saw the release of the MITS Altair 8800 based on the Intel 8080 CPU , and Gates and Allen saw this as the opportunity to start their own computer software company.

^ The company was started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[23] .He had talked this decision over with his parents, who were supportive of him after seeing how much Gates wanted to start a company.^ He had talked this decision over with his parents, who were supportive of him after seeing how much Gates wanted to start a company.

^ I wanted to talk more about the company.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Gates is not only a workaholic, but someone who loves his company more than any other CEO I've ever seen and has a competitive streak that's second to none.
  • Bill Gates will never leave Microsoft | ITworld 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.itworld.com [Source type: General]

[21]

Microsoft

BASIC

MITS Altair 8800 Computer with 8-inch (200 mm) floppy disk system
.After reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800, Gates contacted Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the creators of the new microcomputer, to inform them that he and others were working on a BASIC interpreter for the platform.^ Intrigued, Bill Gates called the new microcomputer’s creators, Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), to demonstrate the programming language he had written for the system.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ MITS Altair 8800 Computer with 8-inch (200 mm) floppy disk system After reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800 , Gates contacted Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the creators of the new microcomputer, to inform them that he and others were working on a BASIC interpreter for the platform.

^ The January 1, 1975 issue of Popular Electronics featured an article that demonstrated the Altair 8800.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[24] .In reality, Gates and Allen did not have an Altair and had not written code for it; they merely wanted to gauge MITS's interest.^ In reality, Gates and Allen did not have an Altair and had not written code for it; they merely wanted to gauge MITS's interest.

^ Gates and Allen were just trying to gauge interest from the company.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ The story of Bill Gates is really interesting.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

.MITS president Ed Roberts agreed to meet them for a demo, and over the course of a few weeks they developed an Altair emulator that ran on a minicomputer, and then the BASIC interpreter.^ While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rick, you might confirm your sources for “At the meeting eight weeks later, the program worked perfectly”, because Steven Levy’s Hackers (and other accounts) suggest “The BASIC was far from a working version, but it was close enough to completion and its routines were sufficiently clever to impress Ed Roberts.” .
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ If they’re my age or younger, I’m sure a title change to “The 80 Hour Gaming Week” would have motivated a few of them… lol .
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

.The demonstration, held at MITS's offices in Albuquerque, was a success and resulted in a deal with MITS to distribute the interpreter as Altair BASIC.^ The demonstration, held at MITS's offices in Albuquerque, was a success and resulted in a deal with MITS to distribute the interpreter as Altair BASIC .

^ Impressed by the demonstration, MITS agreed to distribute Altair BASIC. .
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ MITS Altair 8800 Computer with 8-inch (200 mm) floppy disk system After reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800 , Gates contacted Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the creators of the new microcomputer, to inform them that he and others were working on a BASIC interpreter for the platform.

.Paul Allen was hired into MITS,[25] and Gates took a leave of absence from Harvard to work with Allen at MITS in Albuquerque in November 1975. They named their partnership "Micro-Soft" and had their first office located in Albuquerque.^ Paul Allen was hired into MITS, 27 and Gates took a leave of absence from Harvard to work with Allen at MITS in Albuquerque in November 1975.

^ Most references (including Wikipedia) state that Bill Gates took a leave of absence from Harvard in 1975 and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where MITS was located.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in Albuquerque on April 4, 1975.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[25] .Within a year, the hyphen was dropped, and on November 26, 1976, the trade name "Microsoft" was registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico.^ Within a year, the hyphen was dropped, and on November 26, 1976, the trade name "Microsoft" was registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico.

^ In Washington State, Microsoft is represented on the Washington News Council , established by John Hamer ( picture ) and his wife, Mariana Parks.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gates entered Harvard in 1973, and dropped out two years later when he and Allen wrote a version of BASIC computer language that worked on the new Altair computer.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

[25] Gates never returned to Harvard to complete his studies.
.Microsoft's BASIC was popular with computer hobbyists, but Gates discovered that a pre-market copy had leaked into the community and was being widely copied and distributed.^ Microsoft 's BASIC was popular with computer hobbyists, but Gates discovered that a pre-market copy had leaked into the community and was being widely copied and distributed.

^ Earlier this week , Peter Moore mentioned a previous Microsoft endeavor into motion-oriented controllers received a "muted" response from gamers and the development community.
  • Bill Gates Not Sold On Motion Controllers: News from 1UP.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.1up.com [Source type: General]

^ That was the private Lakeside School, now known as the place where Bill Gates discovered computers.

.In February 1976, Gates wrote an Open Letter to Hobbyists in the MITS newsletter saying that MITS could not continue to produce, distribute, and maintain high-quality software without payment.^ In February 1976, Gates wrote an Open Letter to Hobbyists in the MITS newsletter saying that MITS could not continue to produce, distribute, and maintain high-quality software without payment.

^ It was Gates who, in 1976, published a kind of manifesto, "An Open Letter to Hobbyists," in an early computer hobbyist newsletter, which asserted for the first time that software, like hardware, was a valuable commodity - it was intellectual property, and as such its creators deserve to be compensated.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ GATES: If you define the term narrowly enough, you could say yes.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

[26] .This letter was unpopular with many computer hobbyists, but Gates persisted in his belief that software developers should be able to demand payment.^ Nevertheless, Bill Gates, through Microsoft, has done a lot to shape the IT industry, from computers to software to the Internet.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is interesting that most hackers hate Bill Gates not so much because he stole computer time, but rather because he wanted to *sell* software.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In a Purdue University alt.folklore.computers newsgroup discussion (“Open Letter to Hobbyists,” February 21, 1999), one person writes, .
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Microsoft became independent of MITS in late 1976, and it continued to develop programming language software for various systems.^ Microsoft became independent of MITS in late 1976, and it continued to develop programming language software for various systems.

^ Rather than use the system via teletype, Gates went to CCC's offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including programs in FORTRAN , LISP , and machine language .

^ In February 1976, Gates wrote an Open Letter to Hobbyists in the MITS newsletter saying that MITS could not continue to produce, distribute, and maintain high-quality software without payment.

[25] The company moved from Albuquerque to its new home in Bellevue, Washington on January 1, 1979.[24]
.During Microsoft's early years, all employees had broad responsibility for the company's business.^ In Education Products & Solutions, he is responsible for leading Microsoft's education efforts across the company and bringing to market education solutions in both developed and emerging markets.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Why Ballmer should leave Microsoft It starts with: " (Business 2.0) - Now that Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has started his two-year goodbye from a day-to-day role at the company, it's time for CEO Steve Ballmer to set a resignation date, too.
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ In this role, Simon is responsible for overseeing overall business operations and for developing and implementing a regional strategy for Microsoft.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Gates oversaw the business details, but continued to write code as well.^ Gates oversaw the business details, but continued to write code as well.

^ But the investigation continues, and Gates has other problems as well.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ His troubles began when a lab administrator discovered that Gates was using the Aiken computer to write computer code for a New Mexico company.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the first five years, he personally reviewed every line of code the company shipped, and often rewrote parts of it as he saw fit.^ In the first five years, he personally reviewed every line of code the company shipped, and often rewrote parts of it as he saw fit.

^ He has not officially been on a development team since working on the TRS-80 Model 100 line , but wrote code as late as 1989 that shipped in the company's products.

^ Section 2 says: "Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States ...
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

[27]

IBM partnership

.In 1980, IBM approached Microsoft to write the BASIC interpreter for its upcoming personal computer, the IBM PC.^ It timely grabbed the PC market, standardized everything, and helped make personal computing ubiquitous.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Microsoft's goal is to provide an integrated platform to enable a seamless experience across a wide range of computing and non-PC devices and services.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That reversal hasn't yet come to Microsoft , whose 90%-plus share of the personal computer software market has made it a cash machine.

.When IBM's representatives mentioned that they needed an operating system, Gates referred them to Digital Research (DRI), makers of the widely used CP/M operating system.^ When IBM's representatives mentioned that they needed an operating system , Gates referred them to Digital Research (DRI), makers of the widely used CP/M operating system.

^ In 1980, IBM contacted both Microsoft and Digital Research (DRI) in its quest for a computer operating system.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ IBM representative Jack Sams mentioned the licensing difficulties during a subsequent meeting with Gates and told him to get an acceptable operating system.

[28] .IBM's discussions with Digital Research went poorly, and they did not reach a licensing agreement.^ Third, he went on, "The court said that if you can prove that they did it not for efficiency purposes but for anticompetitive purposes, that trumps everything.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1980, IBM contacted both Microsoft and Digital Research (DRI) in its quest for a computer operating system.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Later in the article, they explain how Apple could have done the same as IBM and licensed their OS, thereby becoming the mass market standard besides the quality standard.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

.IBM representative Jack Sams mentioned the licensing difficulties during a subsequent meeting with Gates and told him to get an acceptable operating system.^ It was because of IBM's big mistake--giving Microsoft control of the operating system on every PC." - the nog Yes and no.
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ The success of both the IBM PC and the Microsoft Disc Operating System (or MS-DOS)—and the sweetheart deal that let Microsoft retain rights to its software—is what ultimately made Bill Gates the richest man on the planet.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ Gates: Well, just to do the second part very succinctly, there's many, many forms of Linux operating systems out there, and packaged in different ways, and booted in different ways.
  • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.A few weeks later Gates proposed using 86-DOS (QDOS), an operating system similar to CP/M that Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer Products (SCP) had made for hardware similar to the PC. Microsoft made a deal with SCP to become the exclusive licensing agent, and later the full owner, of 86-DOS. After adapting the operating system for the PC, Microsoft delivered it to IBM as PC-DOS in exchange for a one-time fee of $50,000. Gates did not offer to transfer the copyright on the operating system, because he believed that other hardware vendors would clone IBM's system.^ Vista will upgrade 90% of the worlds operating systems used on the computers.

^ You were given the right to license MS-DOS by IBM because it thought the future was in hardware, not in software or operating systems.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ They used IBM PCs (almost exclusively).
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

[29] .They did, and the sales of MS-DOS made Microsoft a major player in the industry.^ They did, and the sales of MS-DOS made Microsoft a major player in the industry.

^ Otherwise, Microsoft would now be merely "that company that made DOS, back in the day", and no more.
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ It may look like MS has to do a bunch at first but most of it is stuff that they should have been doing from day 1.
  • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

[30]

Windows

.Gates oversaw Microsoft's company restructuring on June 25, 1981, which re-incorporated the company in Washington and made Gates President of Microsoft and the Chairman of the Board.^ From the audience, Gates was asked about public opinion, about the growing sense, not only in Washington but in the industry at large, that Microsoft was wielding its power too wantonly.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In that role, he worked with Chairman Bill Gates to develop Microsoft's global strategies around technical, business and policy issues.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After that date, Gates would continue to serve as Microsoft’s chairman and an advisor on key development projects.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[24] .Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows on November 20, 1985, and in August, the company struck a deal with IBM to develop a separate operating system called OS/2.^ The Microsoft the world leader in windows operating systems launched windows vista for business on Thursday.

^ And although Draft 18 would let Microsoft add new features to Windows - features like Web browsing, which had provoked this lawsuit in the first place - PC makers would have the right to demand versions of the operating system without those features; and they would also be able to license the Windows source code, so they could modify the desktop, integrate rival software, or add features of their choosing.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He managed projects that catalyzed the development of Microsoft's interactive TV system and also directed Microsoft's first e-commerce group.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Although the two companies successfully developed the first version of the new system, mounting creative differences undermined the partnership.^ Although the two companies successfully developed the first version of the new system, mounting creative differences undermined the partnership.

^ Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows on November 20, 1985, and in August, the company struck a deal with IBM to develop a separate operating system called OS/2 .

^ This is a huge difference from the Windows version that puts 99% of itself in the Windows system folder.
  • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

.Gates distributed an internal memo on May 16, 1991, announcing that the OS/2 partnership was over and Microsoft would shift its efforts to the Windows NT kernel development.^ "May 16, 1991 internal strategies memo from Bill Gates" .

^ Gates distributed an internal memo on May 16, 1991, announcing that the OS/2 partnership was over and Microsoft would shift its efforts to the Windows NT kernel development.

^ This would exist in the standard distribution of Windows.
  • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

[31]

Management style

.From Microsoft's founding in 1975 until 2006, Gates had primary responsibility for the company's product strategy.^ What Microsoft found out - or thought it found out - was that the suit the DOJ intended to bring wasn't nearly as sweeping as the company had feared.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In Education Products & Solutions, he is responsible for leading Microsoft's education efforts across the company and bringing to market education solutions in both developed and emerging markets.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As senior vice president of the Office Productivity Applications Group at Microsoft, Antoine Leblond is responsible for overseeing the design, development and testing of the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications and services.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He aggressively broadened the company's range of products, and wherever Microsoft achieved a dominant position he vigorously defended it.^ He aggressively broadened the company's range of products, and wherever Microsoft achieved a dominant position he vigorously defended it.

^ His four-year tenure in that position culminated in the launch of the popular Microsoft Windows 3.0 operating system and Microsoft Office products.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Allard helped shape the company's Internet strategy, has shipped over 30 products at Microsoft and was a founding member of the Xbox, Windows NT and TCP/IP product families.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.As an executive, Gates met regularly with Microsoft's senior managers and program managers.^ Gates's role at Microsoft for most of its history was primarily a management and executive role.

^ As an executive, Gates met regularly with Microsoft's senior managers and program managers.

^ In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft's chief executive officer.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Firsthand accounts of these meetings describe him as verbally combative, berating managers for perceived holes in their business strategies or proposals that placed the company's long-term interests at risk.^ Firsthand accounts of these meetings describe him as verbally combative, berating managers for perceived holes in their business strategies or proposals that placed the company's long-term interests at risk.

^ Courtois' leadership reflects these values and his deep personal commitment to customer and partner satisfaction, which results from long-term and trust-based relationships.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gates described MICROSOFT’s long-term strategy to develop a scalable religious architecture that will support all religions through emulation.

[32][33] .He often interrupted presentations with such comments as, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!"^ In other words, this is the stupidist f'ing thing I've ever heard.
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ I've seen, heard rumors of, and helped spread unsubstantiated gossip about several such busts over the last decade at MS. .
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ I've heard that Gates really is borderline autistic, and I believe it, having seen him at company picnics and such.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

[34] and, "Why don't you just give up your options and join the Peace Corps?"[35] The target of his outburst then had to defend the proposal in detail until, hopefully, Gates was fully convinced.[34] When subordinates appeared to be procrastinating, he was known to remark sarcastically, "I'll do it over the weekend."[3][36][37]
.Gates's role at Microsoft for most of its history was primarily a management and executive role.^ Gates's role at Microsoft for most of its history was primarily a management and executive role.

^ As an executive, Gates met regularly with Microsoft's senior managers and program managers.

^ In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft's chief executive officer.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.However, he was an active software developer in the early years, particularly on the company's programming language products.^ However, he was an active software developer in the early years, particularly on the company's programming language products.

^ He has not officially been on a development team since working on the TRS-80 Model 100 line , but wrote code as late as 1989 that shipped in the company's products.

^ Early in his career at the software company, Capossela worked as a product manager for Microsoft Visual FoxPro and Access; he spent three years as a program manager for Access, the company's database management program and a key product in the Microsoft Office System.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He has not officially been on a development team since working on the TRS-80 Model 100 line, but wrote code as late as 1989 that shipped in the company's products.^ In this role, he also coordinated the Office application and shared technology development teams through the product delivery cycle.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In Education Products & Solutions, he is responsible for leading Microsoft's education efforts across the company and bringing to market education solutions in both developed and emerging markets.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ His team was responsible for development and transfer of many key technologies to product groups.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[36] .On June 15, 2006, Gates announced that he would transition out of his day-to-day role over the next two years to dedicate more time to philanthropy.^ Thursday, June 15, 2006 .
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ In June, 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation .

^ Spend some more time on it next time.
  • TMO Reports - Gates Doubts iPod a Microsoft Employee Favorite; "iPod's a Great Success" || The Mac Observer 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.macobserver.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He divided his responsibilities between two successors, placing Ray Ozzie in charge of day-to-day management and Craig Mundie in charge of long-term product strategy.^ He divided his responsibilities between two successors, placing Ray Ozzie in charge of day-to-day management and Craig Mundie in charge of long-term product strategy.

^ Mundie is responsible for directing the company's technical strategy and long-term investments.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Firsthand accounts of these meetings describe him as verbally combative, berating managers for perceived holes in their business strategies or proposals that placed the company's long-term interests at risk.

[38]

Antitrust litigation

Bill Gates giving his deposition at Microsoft on August 27, 1998
.Many decisions that led to antitrust litigation over Microsoft's business practices have had Gates' approval.^ GATES: Microsoft has had many, many successful products.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Most criticism of Bill Gates focuses on his business practices.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In the 1998 United States v. .Microsoft case, Gates gave deposition testimony that several journalists characterized as evasive.^ Bill Gates boasts several notable investments outside Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In this case MS threatened to stop selling a feature (a seamless upgrade), people panicked and gave in to Microsoft continuing to bundle IE. Shit.
  • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

^ Gates, Neukom, and the rest of Microsoft's legal team were therefore stunned when the DOJ filed the consent-decree case.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

He argued with examiner David Boies over the contextual meaning of words like "compete", "concerned" and "we".[39]BusinessWeek reported:
.Early rounds of his deposition show him offering obfuscatory answers and saying 'I don't recall,' so many times that even the presiding judge had to chuckle.^ Early rounds of his deposition show him offering obfuscatory answers and saying 'I don't recall,' so many times that even the presiding judge had to chuckle.

^ "I've said many times that if I had been his attorney I would have stopped the deposition," Boies said.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Data Center Its critical that we be able to handle the most demanding applications – even those that don’t partition naturally across many servers.
  • Bill Gates: “Our Most Potent Operating System Competitor is Linux” | Boycott Novell 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC boycottnovell.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Worse, many of the technology chief's denials and pleas of ignorance were directly refuted by prosecutors with snippets of e-mail Gates both sent and received.^ Both received the benefit of the doubt (Clinton by the press and Gates by the market) even when it was clear that they were misrepresenting themselves.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Bill Gates has received many honors, including several honorary doctorates.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Any "get something free" come-on or "help a sick kid" appeal which specifies an invisible program is keeping track of who received an e-mail and who it was then sent to is a hoax.
  • snopes.com: Thousand Dollar Bill 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: General]

[40]
.Gates later said that he had simply resisted attempts by Boies to mischaracterize his words and actions.^ Gates later said that he had simply resisted attempts by Boies to mischaracterize his words and actions.

^ When Gates told Hatch that the DOJ was trying to force Microsoft to remove IE from Windows, Hirshland piped up and said he was mischaracterizing the government's position.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Gates said that he hoped his action would serve as a model for taking great educational content and making it broadly available for free.
  • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

.As to his demeanor during the deposition, he said, "Did I fence with Boies?^ As to his demeanor during the deposition, he said, "Did I fence with Boies?

^ "I've said many times that if I had been his attorney I would have stopped the deposition," Boies said.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Then Gates did something unusual: He turned to the topic of his deposition and vented his spleen at David Boies.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

... I plead guilty. .Whatever that penalty is should be levied against me: rudeness to Boies in the first degree."^ Whatever that penalty is should be levied against me: rudeness to Boies in the first degree."

[41] .Despite Gates's denials, the judge ruled that Microsoft had committed monopolization and tying, blocking competition, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.^ Despite Gates's denials, the judge ruled that Microsoft had committed monopolization and tying, blocking competition, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act .

^ Bill Gates giving his deposition at Microsoft on August 27, 1998 Further information: United States Microsoft antitrust case and European Union Microsoft competition case Many decisions that led to antitrust litigation over Microsoft's business practices have had Gates's approval.

^ Besides losing the case (the judge ruled that Microsoft had committed monopolization and tying, blocking competition, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Ac), Gates’ courtroom behavior (recorded in a series of Videos ) badly eroded his already sagging public image.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[41]

Appearance in ads

.Gates appeared in a series of ads to promote Microsoft in 2008. The first commercial, co-starring Jerry Seinfeld, is a 90-second talk between strangers as Seinfeld walks up on a discount shoe store (Shoe Circus) in a mall and notices Gates buying shoes inside.^ He is to appear alongside Microsoft co founder and Chairman Bill Gates.

^ By Eric Lai 9 comments When you title your first book The Road Ahead, as retiring Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates did, then it’s clear you fancy yourself a bit of a futurist.

^ On Friday, I offered the hesitant sentiment that perhaps Microsoft wasn't completely making of hash of things with its series of ads depicting Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld bumbling around suburban USA. This evening, the news that future Microsoft ads will no longer feature Seinfeld seemed to confirm that I...
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The salesman is trying to sell Mr. Gates shoes that are a size too big. .As Gates is buying the shoes he holds up his discount card, which uses a slightly altered version of his own mugshot of his arrest in New Mexico in 1977 for a traffic violation.^ Some sources claim Gates was accompanied by Paul Allen during his 1977 arrest.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ So you can continue to use the earlier messed up version if you already had IE 4?
  • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

^ He sounds like a kid who just got new shoes but was shown up by another kid who has newer shoes and replied "...Big deal...".
  • Bill Gates Not Sold On Motion Controllers: News from 1UP.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.1up.com [Source type: General]

[42] .As they are walking out of the mall, Seinfeld asks Gates if he has melded his mind to other developers, after getting a yes, he then asks if they are working on a way to make computers edible, again getting a yes.^ As they are walking out of the mall, Seinfeld asks Gates if he has melded his mind to other developers, after getting a yes, he then asks if they are working on a way to make computers edible, again getting a yes.

^ The only misstep being when Jerry asks Gates when he'll make an edible computer.
  • Coding Horror: Bill Gates and Code Complete 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.codinghorror.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This commercial, co-starring Jerry Seinfeld , is a 90-second talk between strangers as Seinfeld walks up on a discount shoe store (Shoe Circus) in a mall and notices Gates buying shoes inside.

.Some say that this is an homage to Seinfeld's own show about "nothing" (Seinfeld).^ Some say that this is an homage to Seinfeld's own show about "nothing" ( Seinfeld ).

^ "I have nothing good to say about it," comments William Kovacic, a law professor and antitrust specialist at George Washington University.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ While some parts of the speech stack we could have developed by partners the “API” that says how people allow speech to affect their application is something we need to lead in and own.
  • Bill Gates: “Our Most Potent Operating System Competitor is Linux” | Boycott Novell 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC boycottnovell.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[43] .In a second commercial in the series, Gates and Seinfeld are at the home of an average family trying to fit in with normal people.^ As anyone following any bit of the ad industry knows, Microsoft has been rolling out a series of ads starring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates yukking it up together.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But most people who go through this transition are reluctant to say how normal and average they were before it happened.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ To many people, Bill Gates is the ultimate Big Brother, all powerful and lurking in millions of homes and businesses around the world.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Post-Microsoft

.Since leaving Microsoft, Gates continues his philanthropy and, among other projects, purchased the videos rights to the Messenger Lectures series titled The Character of Physical Law, given at Cornell University by Richard Feynman in 1964 and recorded by the BBC. The videos are available online to the public at Microsoft's Project Tuva.^ Since leaving Microsoft, Gates continues his philanthropy and, among other projects, purchased the videos rights to the Messenger Lectures series titled The Character of Physical Law , given at Cornell University by Richard Feynman in 1964 and recorded by the BBC. The videos are available online to the public at Microsoft's Project Tuva .

^ Gates pushed change in security culture at Microsoft The "Trustworthy Computing" initiative ordered by Bill Gates in 2002 set in motion a series of changes that have helped Microsoft make progress on software security issues, despite the continuing stream of patches it issues.
  • Complete coverage: Bill Gates Moves On 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.computerworld.com [Source type: News]

^ The lectures, done in 1964 by noted scientist (and Manhattan Project collaborator) Richard Feynman, take notions such as gravity and explains how they work and the broad implications they have in understanding the ways of the universe.
  • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

[44][45]

Personal life

Bill and Melinda Gates, June 2009.
.Gates married Melinda French from Dallas, Texas on January 1, 1994. They have three children.^ He is married with three children.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gates married Microsoft employee Melinda French from Dallas, Texas on the Hawaiian island of Lanai on January 1, 1994.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They have three children.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Gates' home is an earth-sheltered house in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington.^ The Gates' home is an earth-sheltered house in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington .

^ Bill Gates’ home consists of a single building that lies mostly underground, with what appear to be separate buildings protruding from the earth above.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the 1990’s, Bill Gates had a home built on Lake Washington, across from Seattle in the city of Medina.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

According to King County public records, as of 2006 the total assessed value of the property (land and house) is $125 million, and the annual property tax is $991,000.
.His 66,000 sq.^ His 66,000 sq.

ft. estate has a .60-foot swimming pool with an underwater music system, as well as a 2500 sq.^ This alarm works on hot tubs and swimming pools as well as other applications.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The house contains eight bedrooms, twenty-five bathrooms and an indoor swimming pool with an underwater music system.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

ft. gym and a 1000 sq. ft. dining room.[46]
.Also among Gates's private acquisitions is the Codex Leicester, a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci, which Gates bought for $30.8 million at an auction in 1994.[47] Gates is also known as an avid reader, and the ceiling of his large home library is engraved with a quotation from The Great Gatsby.^ Chris Shaner , October 11, 1997 Brown-noser Leonardo da Vinci's 500-year-old scientific document Codex Leicester -- bought by Bill Gates for $30.8 mil -- will be the centerpiece of a Seattle Art Museum exhibit opening next Thursday.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Gates is an avid reader, and enjoys playing golf, tennis and bridge.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To many people, Bill Gates is the ultimate Big Brother, all powerful and lurking in millions of homes and businesses around the world.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[48] .He also enjoys playing bridge, tennis, and golf.^ Gates is an avid reader, and enjoys playing golf, tennis and bridge.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He also enjoys playing bridge , tennis , and golf .

^ He is an avid sportsman who has completed a number of triathlons including an Ironman and also enjoys rugby, golf and tennis.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[49][50]
.Gates was number one on the "Forbes 400" list from 1993 through to 2007 and number one on Forbes list of "The World's Richest People" from 1995 to 2007 and 2009. In 1999, Gates's wealth briefly surpassed $101 billion, causing the media to call him a "centibillionaire".[51] Since 2000, the nominal value of his Microsoft holdings has declined due to a fall in Microsoft's stock price after the dot-com bubble burst and the multi-billion dollar donations he has made to his charitable foundations.^ And his $21 billion charitable foundation has made him a hero in the world of philanthropy.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ His wealth reportedly surpassed $101 billion in 1999.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gates ranked number one on Forbes ’ list of “The World’s Richest People” from 1995 to 2007.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In a May 2006 interview, Gates commented that he wished that he were not the richest man in the world because he disliked the attention it brought.^ "I wish I was not the richest man in the world, says Bill Gates" .

^ In a May 2006 interview, Gates commented that he wished that he were not the richest man in the world because he disliked the attention it brought.

^ Currently the breaking news is that Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, is giving most of his money (several billions of dollars) to the foundation of Bill Gates who as everyone knows is the richest man in the world for the past many years.

[52] .Gates has several investments outside Microsoft, which in 2006 paid him a salary of $616,667, and $350,000 bonus totalling $966,667.[53] He founded Corbis, a digital imaging company, in 1989. In 2004 he became a director of Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company headed by long-time friend Warren Buffett.^ In 2004 he became a director of Berkshire Hathaway , the investment company headed by long-time friend Warren Buffett .

^ Bill Gates boasts several notable investments outside Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gates has several investments outside Microsoft, which in 2006 paid him a salary of $616,667, and $350,000 bonus totalling $966,667.

[54] .In March 2010 Bill Gates was dropped down to the 2nd wealthiest man.^ Bill Gates is my man.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If anyone can affoard this, Bill gates is the man.
  • snopes.com: Thousand Dollar Bill 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: General]

^ Bill Gates is not a great man, he is a rich man and made many good business decisions.
  • Bill Gates Still Believes Speech Will Replace Keyboards | Techdirt 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: General]

Philanthropy

Gates (second from right) with Bono, Queen Rania of Jordan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, President Yar Adua of Nigeria and other participants in a 'Call to Action on the Millennium Development Goals' during the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
.Gates began to realize the expectations others had of him when public opinion mounted that he could give more of his wealth to charity.^ Harvard began its overtures when then-president Derek Bok had dinner with Bill Gates and other Harvard-affiliated Microsoft executives in Seattle.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Then, in December of Gates’s sophomore year, the vague future began to take on a more exact face.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ What worried him, Gates told me, wasn't merely the threat posed by the browser or other forms of middleware but the sudden momentum Netscape had gained in the industry.
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

.Gates studied the work of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller and in 1994 sold some of his Microsoft stock to create the William H. Gates Foundation.^ According to Wikipedia, “Since 2000, the nominal value of his Microsoft holdings has declined due to a fall in Microsoft’s stock price after the dot.com bubble burst and the multi-billion dollar donations he has made to his charitable foundations.” However, that’s misleading, as at least some of Gates’ “charitable foundations” are actually investments.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ GATES, WILLIAM SEATTLE, WA 98105 MICROSOFT .
  • NEWSMEAT ▷ Bill Gates's Federal Campaign Contribution Report 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC newsmeat.com [Source type: Academic]

^ Some medical researchers have complained that the Gates Foundation is actually compromising their efforts.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 2000, Gates and his wife combined three family foundations into one to create the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is the largest transparently operated charitable foundation in the world.^ Bill Gates has a large charitable endowment.
  • John Stossel : Bill Gates Needs an Econ Course - Townhall.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC townhall.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Bill Gates was born into a well-to-do Seattle family.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Bill and Melinda do a lot of good for the world.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

[55] .The foundation is set up to allow benefactors access to how its money is being spent, unlike other major charitable organizations such as the Wellcome Trust.^ GATES: Not earning it yourself, knowing you have it from a young age, being so different in that respect from the other kids you grow up with, would be very confusing.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ You can choose to have the Device you use to access the Site warn you each time a cookie, image tag or other Tracking Technology is being sent, or you can choose to turn off such warnings.
  • Bill Gates Goes to College | SPIKE 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ I can't help but wonder how much money was spent on this pushout.
  • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

[56][57] The generosity and extensive philanthropy of David Rockefeller has been credited as a major influence. .Gates and his father have met with Rockefeller several times and have modeled their giving in part on the Rockefeller family's philanthropic focus, namely those global problems that are ignored by governments and other organizations.^ Gates and his father have met with Rockefeller several times and have modeled their giving in part on the Rockefeller family 's philanthropic focus, namely those global problems that are ignored by governments and other organizations.

^ I've met Diller several times.
  • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ With Thursday's speech, Mr. Gates adds his high-profile name to the ranks of those who argue that unfettered capitalism can't solve broad social problems .
  • Bill Gates Was Creative at Microsoft 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC cafehayek.com [Source type: Original source]

[58] .As of 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates were the second most generous philanthropists in America, having given over $28 billion to charity.^ Bill Gates’ latest reincarnation is as a philanthropist.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Most criticism of Bill Gates focuses on his business practices.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Or is this a different Bill Gates, one who is not the head of Microsoft, but still has idle billions to distribute?
  • snopes.com: Thousand Dollar Bill 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: General]

[59]
.The foundation has also received criticism because it invests the assets that it has not yet distributed with the exclusive goal of maximizing the return on investment.^ The foundation has also received criticism because it invests the assets that it has not yet distributed, with the exclusive goal of maximizing the return on investment .

^ In response to press criticism, the foundation announced in 2007 a review of its investments to assess social responsibility.

^ As a result, its investments include companies that have been criticized for worsening poverty in the same developing countries where the Foundation is attempting to relieve poverty.

.As a result, its investments include companies that have been criticized for worsening poverty in the same developing countries where the Foundation is attempting to relieve poverty.^ As a result, its investments include companies that have been criticized for worsening poverty in the same developing countries where the Foundation is attempting to relieve poverty.

^ It is linked to a separate article, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation , W which does include some criticism, along with a link to the LA Times piece.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In response to press criticism, the foundation announced in 2007 a review of its investments to assess social responsibility.

.These include companies that pollute heavily and pharmaceutical companies that do not sell into the developing world.^ These include companies that pollute heavily and pharmaceutical companies that do not sell into the developing world.

^ But to sustain their position as one of the most valuable companies in the world they may need to develop valuable services that people will want to use every day.
  • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You can make more money selling out to MS and being brought into the fold so they can absorb the concepts and include them in their software that is distributed around the world much more rapidly than if your company stayed on its own.
  • Bill Gates to Leave Microsoft in 2 Years | Betanews 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[60] .In response to press criticism, the foundation announced in 2007 a review of its investments to assess social responsibility.^ In response to press criticism, the foundation announced in 2007 a review of its investments to assess social responsibility.

^ Gates Foundation to review investments , The Seattle Times, January 10, 2007.

^ Gates Foundation to maintain its investment plan , The Austin Statesman, January 14, 2007.

[61] .It subsequently cancelled the review and stood by its policy of investing for maximum return, while using voting rights to influence company practices.^ It subsequently cancelled the review and stood by its policy of investing for maximum return, while using voting rights to influence company practices.

^ We do not knowingly accept orders from dealers, exporters, wholesalers, distributors, resellers or other similar persons or companies, and reserve the right to refuse, cancel or seek the return of any Products that are purchased in violation of the foregoing restrictions.
  • Bill Gates Goes to College | SPIKE 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

[62]

Recognition

.Time magazine named Gates one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century, as well as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004, 2005, and 2006.^ Time magazine named Gates one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century , as well as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004, 2005, and 2006 .

^ Time magazine named Gates one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century, as well as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Also in 2005, Time magazine added Reed to its "Time 100" list of the one hundred most influential global citizens.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Time also collectively named Gates, his wife Melinda and rock band U2's lead singer Bono as the 2005 Persons of the Year for their humanitarian efforts.^ Gates, his wife and rock star Bono (U2’s lead singer) were collectively named 2005 Persons of the Year for their humanitarian efforts.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Time also collectively named Gates, his wife Melinda and rock band U2 's lead singer Bono as the 2005 Persons of the Year for their humanitarian efforts.

^ After spending years tracking down the rights--and spending some of his personal fortune--Gates has done just that.
  • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

[63] In 2006, he was voted eighth in the list of "Heroes of our time".[64] Gates was listed in the Sunday Times power list in 1999, named CEO of the year by Chief Executive Officers magazine in 1994, ranked number one in the "Top 50 Cyber Elite" by Time in 1998, ranked number two in the Upside Elite 100 in 1999 and was included in The Guardian as one of the "Top 100 influential people in media" in 2001.[65]
.Gates has received honorary doctorates from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, The Netherlands, in 2000;[66] the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2002; Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2005; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in April 2007;[67] Harvard University in June 2007;[68] the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, in January 2008,[69] and Cambridge University in June 2009[70].^ In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft's chief executive officer.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rashid received master of science (1977) and doctoral (1980) degrees in computer science from the University of Rochester.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he graduated receiving the President's Gold Medal in 1980.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He was also made an honorary trustee of Peking University in 2007.[71] Gates was also made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005,[72] in addition to having entomologists name the Bill Gates flower fly, Eristalis gatesi, in his honor.^ He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2005.
  • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ My name is Bill Gates.
  • snopes.com: Thousand Dollar Bill 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: General]

^ Bill Gates is not a great man, he is a rich man and made many good business decisions.
  • Bill Gates Still Believes Speech Will Replace Keyboards | Techdirt 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: General]

[73]
.In November 2006, he and his wife were awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle for their philanthropic work around the world in the areas of health and education, particularly in Mexico, and specifically in the program "Un país de lectores".^ In November 2006, he and his wife were awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle for their philanthropic work around the world in the areas of health and education, particularly in Mexico, and specifically in the program " Un país de lectores" .

^ He's the luckiest guy in the world to have been able to really change the way the world works with technology and now to have the $$ and power to change the world philanthropically.
  • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ In October 2009, it was announced that Gates will be awarded the 2010 Bower Award for Business Leadership of The Franklin Institute for his achievements in business and for his philanthropic work.

[74] .In October 2009, it was announced that Gates will be awarded the 2010 Bower Award for Business Leadership of The Franklin Institute for his achievements in business and for his philanthropic work.^ In October 2009, it was announced that Gates will be awarded the 2010 Bower Award for Business Leadership of The Franklin Institute for his achievements in business and for his philanthropic work.

^ William Henry Gates III was born October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, to a family with a rich history in business, politics, and community service.
  • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

^ In that role, he worked with Chairman Bill Gates to develop Microsoft's global strategies around technical, business and policy issues.
  • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Investments

Bibliography

Gates has authored two books:

Filmography

Gates has appeared in at least one film:

Notes

  1. ^ a b "#2 William Gates III - The World's Billionares". Forbes. 2009-09-30. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/10/billionaires-2010_William-Gates-III_BH69.html. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  2. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 11)
  3. ^ a b Chapman, Glenn (2008-06-27). "Bill Gates Signs Off". Agence France-Presse. http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i8aV1bK5vmwLaw9wYr9nY5bFc4YA. 
  4. ^ Wahba, Phil (2008-09-17). "Bill Gates tops U.S. wealth list 15 years in a row". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSN1748882920080917. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  5. ^ Gates regularly documents his share ownership through public SEC form 4 filings.
  6. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 459)
  7. ^ (Lesinski 2006, p. 96)
  8. ^ Ancestry of Bill Gates
  9. ^ "Scottish Americans". albawest.com. http://www.albawest.com/scottish-americans.html. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  10. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 15)
  11. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 47)
  12. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 24)
  13. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 27)
  14. ^ a b (Gates 1996, p. 12)
  15. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 34)
  16. ^ (Gates 1996, p. 14)
  17. ^ "Congressional Page History", The United States House Page Association of America. "The Page Program has produced many politicians, Members of Congress, as well as other famous men and women. Some of these include: the Honorable John Dingell, the longest serving Member of Congress, Bill Gates, founder and CEO of the Microsoft Corporation, and Donnald K. Anderson, former Clerk of the House."
  18. ^ "The new—and improved?—SAT". The Week Magazine. http://theweekmagazine.com/article.aspx?id=803. Retrieved 2006-05-23. 
  19. ^ (Gates 1996, p. 15)
  20. ^ Gates, William; Papadimitriou, Christos (1979). "Bounds for sorting by prefix reversal". Discrete mathematics 27: 47–57. doi:10.1016/0012-365X(79)90068-2. 
  21. ^ a b (Gates 1996, p. 19)
  22. ^ (Wallace & 1993 59)
  23. ^ (Gates 1996, p. 18)
  24. ^ a b c (.DOC) Microsoft Visitor Center Student Information: Key Events in Microsoft History. Microsoft. http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/3/0/130dd86a-a196-4700-b577-521c4cf5cec1/key_events_in_microsoft_history.doc. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  25. ^ a b c d "Microsoft history". The History of Computing Project. http://www.thocp.net/companies/microsoft/microsoft_company.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  26. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 81)
  27. ^ Gates, Bill. "Remarks by Bill Gates" Waterloo, Ontario (2005-10-13). Retrieved on 2008-03-31. (META redirects to [1])
  28. ^ Maiello, John Steele Gordon Michael (2002-12-23). "Pioneers Die Broke". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/1223/258_print.html. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  29. ^ (Gates 1996, p. 54)
  30. ^ (Manes 1994, p. 193)
  31. ^ "May 16, 1991 internal strategies memo from Bill Gates". Bralyn. http://www.bralyn.net/etext/literature/bill.gates/challenges-strategy.txt. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  32. ^ Rensin, David (1994). "The Bill Gates Interview". Playboy. 
  33. ^ Ballmer, Steve (1997-10-09). "Steve Ballmer Speech Transcript — Church Hill Club". Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/churchillclub.mspx. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  34. ^ a b Isaacson, Walter (1997-01-13). "The Gates Operating System". Time. http://www.time.com/time/gates/gates5.html. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  35. ^ Bank, David (1999-02-01). "Breaking Windows". The Wall Street Journal. http://www.breakingwindows.net/1link3.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  36. ^ a b Gates, Bill. "Remarks by Bill Gates" San Diego, California (1997-09-26). Retrieved on 2008-03-31.
  37. ^ Herbold, Robert (2004). The Fiefdom Syndrome: The Turf Battles That Undermine Careers and Companies - And How to Overcome Them. 
  38. ^ "Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates". Microsoft. 2006-06-15. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jun06/06-15CorpNewsPR.mspx. 
  39. ^ "Gates deposition makes judge laugh in court". CNN. 1998-11-17. http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9811/17/judgelaugh.ms.idg/index.html. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  40. ^ "Microsoft's Teflon Bill". BusinessWeek. 1998-11-30. http://www.businessweek.com/1998/48/b3606125.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  41. ^ a b Heilemann, John (2000-11-01). "The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth". Wired 46 (8): 833. doi:10.1007/s11517-008-0355-6. PMID 18509686. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.11/microsoft_pr.html. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  42. ^ The Smoking Gun mugshots
  43. ^ MSNBC adblog site
  44. ^ CNET Project Tuva
  45. ^ Softpedia
  46. ^ Forbes.com coverage of the Gates' Medina, Washington estate
  47. ^ (Lesinski 2006, p. 74)
  48. ^ Paterson, Thane (2000-06-13). "Advice for Bill Gates: A Little Culture Wouldn't Hurt". Business Week. http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/june2000/nf00613b.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  49. ^ "Bill Gates: Chairman". Microsoft Corporation. 2008. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/billg/default.aspx?tab=biography. 
  50. ^ "Profile: Bill Gates". BBC news. 2004-01-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3428721.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  51. ^ (Fridson 2001, p. 113)
  52. ^ Bolger, Joe (2006-05-05). "I wish I was not the richest man in the world, says Bill Gates". London: The Times. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/united_states/article713434.ece. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  53. ^ "Microsoft 2006 Proxy Statement". Microsoft. 2007-10-06. http://www.microsoft.com/msft/reports/proxy2006.mspx. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  54. ^ Fried, Ina (2004-12-14). "Gates joins board of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway". CNET. http://www.news.com/Gates-joins-board-of-Buffetts-Berkshire-Hathaway/2100-1014_3-5491312.html. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  55. ^ "Flat-pack accounting". The Economist. 2006-05-11. http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=6919139. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  56. ^ Cronin, Jon (2005-01-25). "Bill Gates: billionaire philanthropist". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3913581.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  57. ^ "Our Approach to Giving". Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/AboutUs/OurWork/OurApproach/. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  58. ^ (PDF) 2005 Annual Report. Rockefeller Brothers Fund. 2006-01-01. http://www.rbf.org/usr_doc/2005_Annual_Review.pdf. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  59. ^ The 50 most generous Americans.
  60. ^ Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation, Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2006.
  61. ^ Gates Foundation to review investments, The Seattle Times, January 10, 2007.
  62. ^ Gates Foundation to maintain its investment plan, The Austin Statesman, January 14, 2007.
  63. ^ (Lesinski 2006, p. 102)
  64. ^ Cowley, Jason (2006-06-22). "Heroes of our time — the top 50". New Statesman. http://www.newstatesman.com/200605220016. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  65. ^ "Gates 'second only to Blair'". BBC News. 1999-09-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/457951.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  66. ^ Nyenrode Business Universiteit (2003-08-13). "Eredoctoraat Universiteit Nyenrode voor Wim Kok" (in Dutch). Press release. http://www.nyenrode.nl/news/news_full.cfm?publication_id=599. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  67. ^ http://news.tsinghua.edu.cn/eng__news.php?id=1370
  68. ^ Hughes, Gina (2007-06-08). "Bill Gates Gets Degree After 30 Years". Yahoo!. http://tech.yahoo.com/blog/hughes/13653. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  69. ^ Svärd, Madeleine (2008-01-24). "Bill Gates honored with a doctor's cap". Karolinska Institutet. http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=130&a=47838&l=en&newsdep=130. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  70. ^ University of Cambridge (2009-06-12). "The Chancellor in Cambridge to confer Honorary Degrees". University of Cambridge. http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/dp/2009061204. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  71. ^ http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article2098235.ece
  72. ^ "Knighthood for Microsoft's Gates". BBC News. 2005-03-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3428673.stm. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  73. ^ Thompson, F. Christian (1999-08-19). "Bill Gates' Flower Fly Eristalis gatesi Thompson". The Diptera Site. http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/Diptera/syrphid/gates.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  74. ^ "Proclamation of the Award". Diario Oficial de la Federación. http://diariooficial.segob.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=4936346. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  75. ^ Bill Gates Goes to Sundance, Offers an Education, ABC News, January 23, 2010

See also

References

Books

  • Fridson, Martin (2001). .How to be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth.^ How to be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth .

    .John Wiley & Sons.^ John Wiley & Sons .

    .ISBN 0471416177. 
  • Gates, Bill (1996).^ Bill and Melinda Gates have three children: Jennifer Katharine Gates (1996), Rory John Gates (1999) and Phoebe Adele Gates (2002).
    • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Kwame Tuffour , December 18, 1996 I would like to see more discussion on how Bill Gates made his money.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    The Road Ahead. Penguin Books. ISBN 0140260404. 
  • Lesinski, Jeanne M. (2006). .Bill Gates (Biography (a & E)).^ Bill Gates - Software Billionaire (Biography) .

    ^ Biography - Bill Gates: Sultan of Software (A&E DVD Archives) .

    ^ Bill Gates (Biography (a & E)) .

    A&E Television Networks. ISBN 0822570270.
     
  • Manes, Stephen (1994). .Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself The Richest Man in America.^ I. BIOGRAPHY Genealogy • Bill Gates’ Yorkshire connection : (Indo-Asian News Service, August 6, 2008) Early Life • Bill Gates (Microsoft) • Bill Gates (MySpace) • Manes, Stephen (1994), Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself The Richest Man in America, Touchstone Pictures, ISBN 0671880748 • Mary Maxwell Gates (Wikipedia; accessed August 7, 2008) • Mimi Gardner Gates (Wikipedia; accessed August 7, 2008) Education • ( Manes 1994 , p.
    • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "I wish I was not the richest man in the world, says Bill Gates" .

    ^ The success of both the IBM PC and the Microsoft Disc Operating System (or MS-DOS)—and the sweetheart deal that let Microsoft retain rights to its software—is what ultimately made Bill Gates the richest man on the planet.
    • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

    Touchstone Pictures. ISBN 0671880748.
     
  • Wallace, James (1993). .Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire.^ Happy Monday, and welcome to the first day that Bill Gates has not been a full-time employee of the company he created, Microsoft.
    • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It is this mentality that makes Bill Gates the easy target.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Does Bill Gates actually think he's obscure enough that no one will make the connection?
    • snopes.com: Thousand Dollar Bill 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: General]

    New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
     

Further reading

External links

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Warren Buffett
World's Richest Person
1996–2007
Succeeded by
Warren Buffett
Preceded by
Warren Buffett
World's Richest Person
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Carlos Slim

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

"If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act."
.William Henry Gates III (born 28 October 1955) is the co-founder and Chairman of Microsoft, and founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.^ Read more here: » Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Encyclopedia - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation .

^ Bill Gates and how the world was effected by his accomplishments - Bill Gates How he effected the world with his accomplishments William Bill Gates III was born on October 28, 1955.
  • Free Bill Gates Essays 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.123helpme.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But Microsoft chairman Bill Gates refused to do so here this week.
  • Bill Gates: News & Videos about Bill Gates - CNN.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC topics.cnn.com [Source type: News]
  • Bill Gates: News & Videos about Bill Gates - CNN.com 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.Forbes magazine has ranked him as the richest person in the world for twelve consecutive years.^ World's Richest Person 2009– .

^ Forbes magazine has ranked him as the richest person in the world for twelve consecutive years.
  • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ World's Richest Person 1996–2007 .

Contents

Sourced

.
  • If something's expensive to develop, and somebody's not going to get paid, it won't get developed.^ If something's expensive to develop, and somebody's not going to get paid, it won't get developed.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ These royalties paid the Bill's (so to speak) -- but the big money was in Application Development (something Gates didn't learn until his company was a decade old).
    • MacKiDo/History/Gates_a_Genius 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.mackido.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You had to call up, get a developer key, it was sort of part of a sales process rather than just something that hackers could go to town on.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    .So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?^ I'm going to let you decide where you want to go!"
    • Bill Gates - RSS Archive 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.topblogarea.com [Source type: General]

    ^ So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If you want the old kind of license where you can keep using the software for as long as you like once you’ve paid for it, that’ll cost you extra .
    • Bill Gates 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC meta.ath0.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • It's not manufacturers trying to rip anybody off or anything like that.^ When i saw this it made me cringe i have no idea what bill gates must have felt like in front of thousands of people at Microsoft convention in Las Vegas as he try's to show off Microsoft media center and it doesn't work, you can see it in his face he is not happy When i saw this it made me cringe i have no idea what bill gates must have felt like...
    • Bill Gates // Current 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC current.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Dear William H. Gates, I am a con-man/boy/teen...Whatever anyhoo i would like to rip you off or just take some money from you.you might as well just hand it to me and save me from alot of work.
    • Bill Gates' House v2.0 - Acts of Volition 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.actsofvolition.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It doesn't have anything new in it that anybody wants, it just has some shiny new theme and everybody is going oooohhhhh and ahhh over this crap like it is soooooo cool.
    • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

    .There's nobody getting rich writing software that I know of.^ There's nobody getting rich writing software that I know of.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Nobody knows exactly how many eggs there were and reports vary enough to cast doubt on any figure.
    • Bill Gates@Everything2.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is no one who could write software code as he could.
    • 7 Key Lessons from a Greatest Leader of all times - Bill Gates | Life of Excellence 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC lifeofexcellence.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Interview with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz in 80 Microcomputing (1980)
  • Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back into the company.^ Interview with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz in 80 Microcomputing (1980) Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back into the company.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Interview with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz in 80 Microcomputing (1980) Clips from the interview can be found on "No Money (Lullaby for Bill)" by Dennis Báthory-Kitsz.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Instead of retiring (or buying farms and restaurants like some of their cohorts), these twenty-five year-old software developers created a company to produce action games for computers (GameSpot 2003).
    • Gates, William H., III (Bill Gates) (Informational Paper) 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.learningtogive.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • Comment to reporters during the IBM PC launch (1981), interpreted as a jab at Gary Kildall
  • To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different; it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.^ But you missed the only real news.
    • Bill Gates keynote at CES (that playtable rocks) 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC scobleizer.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Facebook is a little different than MySpace, but I imagine it was just annoying.
    • Bill Gates Joins The Growing Social Network Exodus | Techdirt 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Comment to reporters during the IBM PC launch (1981), interpreted as a jab at Gary Kildall To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different; it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • The next generation of interesting software will be done on the Macintosh, not the IBM PC.
    • BusinessWeek, 26 November 1984
  • I believe OS/2 is destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time.^ But this week's software news wasn't all operating systems, all the time.
    • Bill Gates -- Download Squad 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.downloadsquad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "I believe OS/2 is destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time.
    • Bill Gates Quotes - Bill Gates Quotations - Famous Bill Gates Quotes 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.quotesandsayings.com [Source type: General]

    ^ But within a few years it will be replaced by a next-generation operating system.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • OS/2 Programmers Guide, November 1987
  • I have to say that in 1981, making those decisions, I felt like I was providing enough freedom for 10 years.^ IBM obviously felt the problem was that they weren't paying Microsoft enough -- so they then got involved with Microsoft to make a "Windowing" Operating System (Called OS/2) -- to make the PC's more like the Mac.
    • MacKiDo/History/Gates_a_Genius 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.mackido.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You are right that people don't always make wise decisions but that is called active evolution and if the choice made is unwise enough then removal from the gene pool is a likely result.
    • John Stossel : Bill Gates Needs an Econ Course - Townhall.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC townhall.com [Source type: Original source]
    • John Stossel : Bill Gates Needs an Econ Course - Townhall.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC townhall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And I would like to know where in the Bible it says that rich people don't make it to heaven.
    • Inside Bill Gates House - Pictures of Bill Gates Home - Digital Inspiration 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC labnol.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

    .That is, a move from 64k to 640k felt like something that would last a great deal of time.^ That is, a move from 64k to 640k felt like something that would last a great deal of time.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Libertarians, like Stossel, might like the idea of removing all tariffs and subsidies for all countries, but when's the last time you remember a Libertarian country?
    • John Stossel : Bill Gates Needs an Econ Course - Townhall.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC townhall.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ People like you are just afraid of change and learning new things so much so that you would rather stick with buggy software then try something new and much better.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Well, it didn't - it took about only 6 years before people started to see that as a real problem.^ Well, it didn't - it took about only 6 years before people started to see that as a real problem.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Only rich people can see U directly.
    • Bill Gates' House v2.0 - Acts of Volition 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.actsofvolition.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I find it a little strange though that he didn't already know about these problems he encountered.
    • Bill Gates' 2003 flame email about Moviemaker - Boing Boing 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

    • 1989 speech on the history of the microcomputer industry. .[1]
  • If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.… The solution to this is patent exchanges with large companies and patenting as much as we can.^ Internal memo "If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today...The solution is patenting as much as we can.

    ^ He has taken much from me and the industry.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This is not how most people think of causation.
    • Bill Gates and Ludwig von Mises by Gary North 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.lewrockwell.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "Challenges and Strategy" (16 May 1991).^ Cited to "Challenges and Strategy" (16 May 1991) via Fred Warshofsky (1994), The Patent Wars .
      • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ "May 16, 1991 internal strategies memo from Bill Gates" .

      ^ Challenges and Strategy " (16 May 1991).
      • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .Note that this quotation has been paired with a misattributed quotation.
  • I laid out memory so the bottom 640K was general purpose RAM and the upper 384 I reserved for video and ROM, and things like that.^ "Meanwhile, I keep bumping into that silly quotation attributed to me that says 640K of memory is enough.
    • Did Gates Really Say 640K is Enough For Anyone? 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Of course, the video ( check it out after the break ) also predates that whole Windows thing by about seven years.
    • Bill Gates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Billgates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: General]

    ^ A note on having an "open style" One thing that would help Mr. Gates is an executive presentations coach and a video camera.
    • Presentation Zen: Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC presentationzen.blogs.com [Source type: General]

    .That is why they talk about the 640K limit.^ That is why they talk about the 640K limit.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They weren't funny, but they help get people talking about Microsoft Vote Tags: ad , advertising , bill-gates , jerry-seinfeld , microsoft , seinfeld .
    • Bill Gates -- Download Squad 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.downloadsquad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For this reason, they want you to talk about the business of advertising, that ad, and what they were thinking when they made it.
    • Coding Horror: Bill Gates and Code Complete 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.codinghorror.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It is actually a limit, not of the software, in any way, shape, or form, it is the limit of the microprocessor.^ It is actually a limit, not of the software, in any way, shape, or form, it is the limit of the microprocessor.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In an interview with the editorial board of The Washington Post, Steve Ballmer said, "I do not think we broke the law in any way, shape, or form.
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    .That thing generates addresses, 20-bits addresses, that only can address a megabyte of memory.^ MS DOS could only address 512K of memory.
    • Did Bill Gates Really Say That? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC bits.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    And, therefore, all the applications are tied to that limit. It was ten times what we had before. .But to my surprise, we ran out of that address base for applications within—oh five or six years people were complaining.^ But to my surprise, we ran out of that address base for applications within—oh five or six years people were complaining.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ We do this five, six times a year."
    • SatireWire | Executive Road Trip: Bill Gates 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.satirewire.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This is surprising for a country that five or six years ago was thought of as falling behind Japan.
    • Digerati - CH.10: BILL GATES - THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: General]

    .
  • Gary Kildall was one of the original pioneers of the PC revolution.^ Smithsonian Institution interview (1993) Gary Kildall was one of the original pioneers of the PC revolution.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ One bit of hard evidence is the BASIC program DONKEY.BAS included with original IBM PCs running IBM DOS 1.10.
    • Coding Horror: Bill Gates and DONKEY.BAS 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.codinghorror.com [Source type: General]

    .He was a very creative computer scientist who did excellent work.^ "Neukom did yeoman's work, but make no mistake, it was Bill who won the Apple case," a former Microsoft executive asserts.
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ My question is: DID IT WORK? Most of you who tried it will probably say NO. But this letter is NOT prank like others you have experienced.
    • snopes.com: Thousand Dollar Bill 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ For people in the computer world who have been protected from the very fast-moving parts of the PC world, and the low prices, certainly there's a big threat.
    • Digerati - CH.10: BILL GATES - THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: General]

    .Although we were competitors, I always had tremendous respect for his contributions to the PC industry.^ Although we were competitors, I always had tremendous respect for his contributions to the PC industry.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "You can fault us for contributing significantly to the PC market and what that's meant for the software industry and prices and all of those things.
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Although you are a secular person i respect that, God is very happy with you with your contributions to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation you have done a wonderful thing for humanity.
    • MySpace - Bill Gates - 54 - Male - MEDINA, US - myspace.com/billgates_microsoft 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    His untimely death was very unfortunate and he and his work will be missed.
    • The Computer Chronicles. "Special Edition: Gary Kildall." 1995
  • Success is a lousy teacher. .It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.^ It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."
    • Bill Gates Not Sold On Motion Controllers: News from 1UP.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.1up.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Craig - September 4th, 2008 at 7:35 pm PDT It seems most people here are not in the advertising industry but they think they should be.
    • First Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Advertisement. Where’s The Microsoft? 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor large prime numbers.^ I noted that the first edition of Gates' book, The Road Ahead, which was published in the fall of 1995, had barely mentioned the Internet.
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "If we weren't still hiring great people and pushing ahead, it would be easy to fall behind and become a mediocre company.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If we weren't still hiring great people and pushing ahead at full speed, it would be easy to fall behind and become a mediocre company.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed.^ The Road Ahead (1995) , hardcover edition (corrected in paperback) There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Road Ahead (1995) The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor large prime numbers .
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ With many stating that there is no chance that Facebook could be close to that amount, the data of its 43 million users might think otherwise.
    • Bill Gates -- Download Squad 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.downloadsquad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I'm saying we don't do a new version to fix bugs.^ I'm saying we don't do a new version to fix bugs.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The even better news is that we don't have to fix Windows 95 (or fill in product name/number)."
    • Bill Gates Humor 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.jayp.net [Source type: General]

    ^ The even better news is that I finally found a fix for the Windows 2000 (or fill in product name/number) bug ."
    • Bill Gates Humor 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.jayp.net [Source type: General]

    We don't. .Not enough people would buy it.^ Not enough people would buy it.
    • Bill Gates - Wikiquote 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Before Windows 98 I was enthusiastically recommending people buy a Windows 95 PC, but now that Windows 98 and IE 4 are pre installed on every PC, I would recommend otherwise.
    • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Monday October 15, @01:10PM ( #20985107 ) Bill has enough money to buy Nigeria, however it would be a bad investment.
    • Slashdot | Bill Gates Denied Visa To Nigeria 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC slashdot.org [Source type: General]

    .You can take a hundred people using Microsoft Word.^ (Hey, if you can't take the word of an anonymous penpal, who can you trust?
    • snopes.com: Thousand Dollar Bill 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Since not everybody works for Microsoft (or can drop that much cash), US News & World Report will take you on a virtual tour of the Gates household .
    • Bill Gates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Billgates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Brandy Karl You seem to take real glee in advertising that you've been faceslamming everyone when you'd invited people to add you just a few weeks ago.
    • FaceSlammed by Bill Gates 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC scobleizer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Call them up and say "Would you buy a new version because of bugs?"^ Will you put up a new barn?
    • John Stossel : Bill Gates Needs an Econ Course - Townhall.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC townhall.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But, then you would have to buy more seats..
    • Bill Gates Patents Plasma Injector, for Your Car - Tom's Hardware 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.tomshardware.com [Source type: General]

    ^ As Gates is buying the shoes he holds up his discount card, which uses a slightly altered version of his own mugshot of his arrest in New Mexico in 1977 for a traffic violation.

    .You won't get a single person to say they'd buy a new version because of bugs.^ (In the new version of the video, there are appearances from John Doerr and Warren Buffett, who weren’t in the version shown at CES.) They even showed some outtakes.
    • Microsoft: Bill Gates Comes To Stanford - Tech Trader Daily - Barrons.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blogs.barrons.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Later on, he changed them to say “I can’t understand how anyone can afford a personal computer.” I always wanted to say to him “You mean a DEC personal computer, because they were very expensive, but I was always in situations where that would have been rude and I really liked him.
    • Did Bill Gates Really Say That? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC bits.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It's a system that allows you to login to mulitiple web sites with a single username and password, which is actually a personalized URL that securely stores your user information.

    We'd never be able to sell a release on that basis.
  • In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen.^ This chart takes four different factors and says how much do they explain teaching quality.
    • Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education | Video on TED.com 11 September 2009 12:20 UTC www.ted.com [Source type: Original source]
    • TED Blog: Bill Gates' talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education -- transcribed 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blog.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Software is magic that allows people to do things they dream of doing.
    • Admiring Bill Gates - O'Reilly Radar 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC radar.oreilly.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Another thing that will happen is that people using the Internet will start to develop their own profiles, so the information they receive will be based on their unique interests and location.
    • Digerati - CH.10: BILL GATES - THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: General]

    .I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.^ There was nothing quite as absurd as a newly-hired college graduate thinking he could be as smart or rich as billg if he could only manage to be as rude.

    ^ Don't think anyone is "in there batting" for you, esp.
    • Bill Gates says it's too expensive - Whirlpool Broadband News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC whirlpool.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You know, I think that what the MySpace guys have done is quite amazing, I think they've set their priorities right, but I definitely think that we can help them if they want to provide those APIs.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • PBS interview with David Frost (November 1995)
  • Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient.^ Once upon a time, not very long ago, interviewing Bill Gates was one of the great pleasures in journalism - assuming you had a mild streak of masochism.
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That is, the things we do that use a lot of resources and time can be done more efficiently.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ November 17, 2008 at 11:54 am I just wanted to say that I appresate your time doing this….
    • CyberNotes: Little Known Facts about Bill Gates 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC cybernetnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.^ For a $300M campaign, there will be a lot more.
    • First Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Advertisement. Where’s The Microsoft? 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ There are now probably lots of arms milling around at telstra, but their past hesitation gave time for their competition to catch up a bit more.
    • Bill Gates says it's too expensive - Whirlpool Broadband News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC whirlpool.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ There is lots more known as well, which he DID NOT say, and which he might have said about improving the quality of education by improving the quality of teaching.
    • More on Bill Gates, TED, and Edu-Propaganda | Education | Change.org 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC education.change.org [Source type: General]

  • It's possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me.^ Since you do not know me personally, I would like to be treated with respect, and spoken to in proper English, or another foreign language only.
    • MySpace - Bill Gates - 54 - Male - MEDINA, US - myspace.com/billgates_microsoft 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ January 25, 2009 5:31 am Link You say that “The only difference between you and Mr. Gates [in philanthropy] is scale”.
    • Your comments on Bill Gates - Nicholas D. Kristof Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC kristof.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Reply Bill Gates January 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm FUCK YOU!!!
    • CyberNotes: Facts and Photos of Bill Gates’ House 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC cybernetnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .If so, it's sure going well for me, I must admit.^ But I'm pretty sure that he's going to have a lot of people mad at him at the start, and after five years people will grudgingly admit that he knew what he was doing.
    • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And I'm sure people are going to sit back and just go "Well, there's nothing I can do".
    • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you're going to label Silverlight media with a big fat "proprietary" warning, make sure you add it to every MP3 podcast as well.
    • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

  • We've done some good work, but all of these products become obsolete so fast...^ Netgear sent us product based on all four technologies and we ran them through their paces to help you decide which works best in your home.
    • Bill Gates Patents Plasma Injector, for Your Car - Tom's Hardware 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.tomshardware.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation , Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2006.

    ^ While those foundations do some very good work, does that excuse the behavior of their original benefactor's?
    • Admiring Bill Gates - O'Reilly Radar 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC radar.oreilly.com [Source type: General]

    .It will be some finite number of years, and I don't know the number — before our doom comes.^ GATES: [Stands, paces] So here's our management meeting: Well, I don't know what we're supposed to do.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You know they're violating our patents don't you?
    • Making the Bill Gates myth grow - Computerworld Blogs 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blogs.computerworld.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Our new design approaches need to dramatically reduce the number of such issues that come up in the software that Microsoft, its partners and its customers create.
    • The Bill Gates Fan Club! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.fiveanddime.net [Source type: General]

    .
    • Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time (1997) by Daniel Gross ISBN 0471196533
  • About 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don't pay for the software.^ And that is what business is all about after all.
    • Bill Gates, saviour of the world? 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.marxist.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Humor in business is what it’s all about.
    • Funny Bill Gates Video 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.damniwish.com [Source type: General]

    ^ As a moppy-headed 20-year-old, Gates challenged computer "hobbyists"--we call them users today--to pay for the software they used.
    • Bill Gates' Legacy: Outmaneuvering The Competition -- Bill Gates -- InformationWeek 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.informationweek.com [Source type: News]

    Someday they will, though. .As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.^ They want to go golfing with me?
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If the government wants to hack your home PC or your companies network, they’re going to be able to no matter what OS you’re running.
    • Microsoft 7, Bill Gates, the CIA 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Our vision was to become a next-generation portal that empowers people to speak for themselves, and do whatever they want.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    .They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.^ They have not figured out how to effectively monetize these networks?
    • Bill Gates Joins The Growing Social Network Exodus | Techdirt 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Facebook, while touching the lives of many, still can’t seem to figure out how to make money.
    • Who Will Fill Bill Gates’ Shoes? 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The only way I can see MS going down is if someone else comes out with the next carnation of OS before MS and that we'll have to wait and see.
    • Bill Gates to Leave Microsoft in 2 Years | Betanews 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • Microsoft looks at new ideas, they don't evaluate whether the idea will move the industry forward, they ask, 'how will it help us sell more copies of Windows?'^ Gates is still at the forefront of copy protection and, more specifically, Microsoft protection.
    • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Gates told CNET News.
    • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ GATES: How would they know?
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    • The Seattle Weekly, (April 30, 1998)[2]
  • Sometimes we do get taken by surprise. For example, when the Internet came along, we had it as a fifth or sixth priority. .It wasn't like somebody told me about it and I said, "I don't know how to spell that."^ I don't know what it is about you Mike.
    • Bill Gates Still Believes Speech Will Replace Keyboards | Techdirt 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I don't know how I missed that.
    • FaceSlammed by Bill Gates 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC scobleizer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ An in case you don't know, Windows 9x rides on top of DOS like Windows 3.1 did.
    • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

    .I said, "Yeah, I've got that on my list, so I'm okay."^ The BBC guy said, well, I've got my space and that was he was referring to his stuff.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ For instance when I’ve said C++ as it has big compile time, the list does not stop here.
    • Bill Gates: “Our Most Potent Operating System Competitor is Linux” | Boycott Novell 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC boycottnovell.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .But there came a point when we realized it was happening faster and was a much deeper phenomenon than had been recognized in our strategy.^ It is much faster than typing.
    • Bill Gates Still Believes Speech Will Replace Keyboards | Techdirt 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Looks like the Amazon, Apple, Google and Oracle chiefs faired much better than the Microsoft/ Dell chiefs–no big surprise there though.

    ^ Speech would be much quieter than an IBM Selectric and there are always ways to dampen or cancel it.
    • Bill Gates Still Believes Speech Will Replace Keyboards | Techdirt 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.^ Gates told CNET News.
    • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Since not everybody works for Microsoft (or can drop that much cash), US News & World Report will take you on a virtual tour of the Gates household .
    • Bill Gates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Billgates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: General]

    ^ So we'll get into here quite a bit about building applications, and services for Media Center, and how you can share most of your work.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past.^ In 1999, Mr. Gates wrote "Business @ the Speed of Thought," a book that looks at how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways.
    • Bill Gates - News, Articles, Biography, Photos - WSJ.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC topics.wsj.com [Source type: News]

    ^ In 1999, Gates wrote “Business @ the Speed of Thought”, a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways.
    • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ During that time many of your competitors complained about alleged Microsoft strong-arm business tactics and monopolistic practices.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    It’s a good thing we have museums to document that. .
  • We don't have the user centricity.^ Perhaps users don't want that piece of shit on their computers damnit!
    • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Most typical end users don't know enough about computers to judge Windows, but corporate America is now questioning their continuous Windows investments.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Honored as one of seven "Windows Pioneers" by Microsoft, Ozzie was named "Person of the Year" in 1995 by PC Magazine, and has been inducted into the Computer Museum Industry Hall of Fame and the InfoWorld Hall of Fame.
    • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Until we understand context, which is way beyond presence — presence is the most trivial notion, just am I on this device or not; it doesn't say am I meeting with something, am I focused on writing something.^ You don't explain what your saying, you just parrot it like someone who heard a fancy saying but didn't understand what it means.
    • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Most people would say that a more evolutionary approach clearly starts with a PC but moves to incorporate new devices that are more like TV sets.
    • Digerati - CH.10: BILL GATES - THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Something about that statement coming from Bill Gates just doesn’t sound right.
    • Bill Gates On The Future Of DRM 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day.^ What I think is interesting obviously varies from YOURS see a quote like this is interesting…Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day.
    • CyberNotes: Little Known Facts about Bill Gates 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC cybernetnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I use speech recognition software every day.
    • Bill Gates Still Believes Speech Will Replace Keyboards | Techdirt 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I like Windows, and think he accomplished his goal of making software easy to understand and use for practically everyone.
    • Bill Gates to Leave Microsoft in 2 Years | Betanews 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick.^ Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick.
    • CyberNotes: Little Known Facts about Bill Gates 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC cybernetnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It would be funny if it weren't so irritating.^ It would be funny if it weren’t so exciting.
    • CyberNotes: Little Known Facts about Bill Gates 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC cybernetnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • Spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time.^ There are pleny of things Microsoft has done over the years..
    • Bill Gates to Leave Microsoft in 2 Years | Betanews 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Microsoft has drifted the past few years.
    • Bill Gates to Leave Microsoft in 2 Years | Betanews 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Why Ballmer should leave Microsoft It starts with: " (Business 2.0) - Now that Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has started his two-year goodbye from a day-to-day role at the company, it's time for CEO Steve Ballmer to set a resignation date, too.
    • Mini-Microsoft: Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda. 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC minimsft.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • Does the e-mail say it's about 'enlargement' — that might be spam.^ Bing's Search Share Edges Up, Yahoo Down [January 15, 2010] Microsoft might be encouraged by the latest market share figures, but what about Google?
    • Bill Gates: Tech Can Help U.S. Beat Recession - InternetNews.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.internetnews.com [Source type: News]

    ^ January 18, 2007 by Alexander Graf I know, it’s terrible to say, but their success shows that they don’t need to be concerned about web standards.
    • Bill Gates on Web standards: Huh? | 456 Berea Street 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Submitted by bluvg on June 24, 2008 - 4:27 P.M. Or is it simply true that you can't bring yourself to say something nice about Microsoft or anything related to it, ever?
    • Making the Bill Gates myth grow - Computerworld Blogs 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blogs.computerworld.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • Personal computing today is a rich ecosystem encompassing massive PC-based data centers, notebook and Tablet PCs, handheld devices, and smart cell phones.^ Today a PC may be a desktop computer, a laptop computer or a tablet computer.
    • Coding Horror: Bill Gates and Code Complete 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.codinghorror.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Based on my personal experiences with Vista over a 30 day period, I found it to be a dangerously unstable operating system, which has caused me to lose data [...
    • Top Five Reasons Why People Hate Bill Gates 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.greatwhitesnark.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It timely grabbed the PC market, standardized everything, and helped make personal computing ubiquitous.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    .It has expanded from the desktop and the data center to wherever people need it — at their desks, in a meeting, on the road or even in the air.^ Data Center Its critical that we be able to handle the most demanding applications – even those that don’t partition naturally across many servers.
    • Bill Gates: “Our Most Potent Operating System Competitor is Linux” | Boycott Novell 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC boycottnovell.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You could have a community capability where you took the GPS data of people driving around and started to see, oh, there's a new road that we don't have, a new route - .
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I think we need to drop speech recognition and just go to mind-to-computer interface to cut down the work even more for us lazy people.
    • Bill Gates Still Believes Speech Will Replace Keyboards | Techdirt 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act.^ They require business people to commercialize it.

    ^ Danny Shader: You'd walk into a cubicle to interview with somebody and they'd pull up their PC and say, "Let me show you my product," and it was so different than another company I interviewed with that's now dead.
    • Bill Gates' management style lives on | Marketplace From American Public Media 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC marketplace.publicradio.org [Source type: General]

    ^ He said he was delivering it on behalf of Bill Gates' senior, and he added this message: "It just goes to show, you can never be too careful."
    • Bill Gates and Schools - Codewalkers 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC forums.codewalkers.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • Understand that this is the last physical format there will ever be.^ We got there with music, that people understand the flexibility of digital music is way better than on physical media.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ First, as reported by BBC News, Bill Gates...
    • Micro Persuasion: Our Sixty Minutes with Bill Gates 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.micropersuasion.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We're clearly moving there with movies, this HD-format battle is the last battle, so people had better enjoy it, because it's all bits on the Internet from hereafter.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

  • Any operating system without a browser is going to be fucking out of business.^ Web browsers need operating systems.
    • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Barksdale asked, "How many of you use a PC without Microsoft's operating system?"
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Unless we're doing a better operating system and keeping the prices low, somebody else is going to come in.
    • Digerati - CH.10: BILL GATES - THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: General]

    .Should we improve our product, or go out of business?^ Governments should set policies and disburse funds to create financial incentives for businesses to improve the lives of the poor, he plans to say today.
    • Bill Gates Issues Call For Kinder Capitalism - WSJ.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Our products should emphasize security right out of the box, and we must constantly refine and improve that security as threats evolve.
    • The Bill Gates Fan Club! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.fiveanddime.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Among the fixes he plans to call for: Companies should create businesses that focus on building products and services for the poor.
    • Bill Gates Issues Call For Kinder Capitalism - WSJ.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

    .
    • "In Search of the Real Bill Gates," Time (20 October 2005)
  • I wish I wasn't ...^ On the other hand, Bill Gates and Paul Allen did the best thing they could have done during their time--exploited the PC market and the money followed.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ SuluSulu (1039126) on Sunday October 14, @01:01AM ( #20971579 ) ( http://www.notaclue.info/ ) Give visa to Bill Gates?
    • Slashdot | Bill Gates Denied Visa To Nigeria 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC slashdot.org [Source type: General]

    ^ The incident lives in Gates family lore not just for its drama but also because it was a rare time that Bill Gates Sr., father of his famous namesake, lost his cool.
    • Stephen's Posterous - Filed under 'Bill Gates' 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC stephenlaughlin.posterous.com [Source type: News]
    • Raising Bill Gates - WSJ.com 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

    .There's nothing good that comes out of that.^ There is nothing good that comes out of that."
    • The quotable Bill Gates: In his own words 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.computerworld.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Nothing good will come from this.
    • DailyTech - Bill Gates Plans to Tackle Hurricane Control 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If not, I wouldn’t even be skeptical: I’d know for sure there’d be nothing to wait for (sorry, no more bones, come back in a decade).
    • Bill Gates on Web standards: Huh? | 456 Berea Street 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

    .You get more visibility as a result of it.^ In a sense, you can say these devices are just the result of the PC getting better and better and moving into more forms.
    • Digerati - CH.10: BILL GATES - THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: General]

    .
    • On being the world's richest man, in an online advertising conference in Redmond, Washington, as quoted in The Guardian (5 May 2006)
  • Stolen's a strong word.^ Being the richest man in the world mandates giving to the poor doesn't it?
    • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Bill Gates' Legacy: Microsoft's Top 10 Flops 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Gates: Stolen’s a strong word.
    • Who Will Fill Bill Gates’ Shoes? 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Gates' commitment to charity caught the attention of famed investor Warren Buffett, the world's second richest man.

    It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for. So yes. .
    • On his use of YouTube to watch videos.^ Steve's slides Below are just a few (Steve uses far more slides) of the slides Steve used in his August Special Event keynote on the Apple campus ( watch video ).
      • Presentation Zen: Learning from Bill Gates & Steve Jobs 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.presentationzen.com [Source type: General]

      ."Bill Gates on ...the Competition" in The Wall Street Journal (19 June 2006); also quoted in "Bill Gates' piracy confession" at ComputerWorld.com
  • I'm a big believer that as much as possible, and there's obviously political limitations, freedom of migration is a good thing.^ June 19, 2006 9:30 AM .
    • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Bill Gates' Legacy: Microsoft's Top 10 Flops 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Free enterprise has been good to Bill Gates.
    • Bill Gates Issues Call For Kinder Capitalism - WSJ.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

    ^ June 19, 2006 2:28 PM .
    • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Bill Gates' Legacy: Microsoft's Top 10 Flops 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • One thing we have got to change in our strategy - allowing Office documents to be rendered very well by other peoples browsers is one of the most destructive things we could do to the company.^ BILL GATES: Well, and the ease of use on that is very important.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Gates, One of these things is NOT like the others.
    • More on Bill Gates, TED, and Edu-Propaganda | Education | Change.org 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC education.change.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Bill Gates, for one.
    • Bill Gates 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

    We have to stop putting any effort into this and make sure that Office documents very well depends on PROPRIETARY IE capabilities.
    • 1998 a memo to the Office product group[2]
  • "One of the wonderful things about the information highway is that virtual equity is far easier to achieve than real-world equity...We are all created equal in the virtual world and we can use this equality to help address some of the sociological problems that society has yet to solve in the physical world," (Bill Gates, The Road Ahead 1995).

Interview from Programmers at Work (1986)

Suzanne Lammers, Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry, Harper and Row, ISBN 0-914-84571-3. Text here.
.
  • The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written.^ Lots of programmers write programs for Windows.
    • Bill Gates and Ludwig von Mises by Gary North 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.lewrockwell.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But there will come a point when companies will ask, "If the revenue's not there, is this a great way to be spending money and tying up our people?"
    • Digerati - CH.10: BILL GATES - THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: General]

    ^ I'm posting to this blog because it seems like Deane's site is a great way for people to get in touch with the movers and shakers of the world.
    • Bill Gates, Philanthropist 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.gadgetopia.com [Source type: General]

    .In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system.
  • You've got to be willing to read other people's code, and then write your own, then have other people review your code.^ People can read on their own time.
    • Presentation Zen: Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC presentationzen.blogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Thank you for reading my site.
    • Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever - Anil Dash 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.dashes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ People you thought were your allies turn out to be enemies.
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    .You've got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you're doing wrong...
  • The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works.^ Thanks for the work you are doing to change the world.
    • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You are so completely wrong.
    • Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft (video) – istartedsomething 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I am one of those old school geeks and i'll tell you this.
    • Bill Gates Joins The Growing Social Network Exodus | Techdirt 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    .To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree.
  • We're no longer in the days where everything is super well crafted.^ They love you and you're their child.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Well, look at the programs you're running on them and the hardware you're using.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Well, you need wonder no longer, friend.
    • Bill Gates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Billgates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: General]

    .But at the heart of the programs that make it to the top, you'll find that the key internal code was done by a few people who really know what they were doing.
  • Unfortunately, many programs are so big that there is no one individual who really knows all the pieces, and so the amount of code sharing you get isn't as great.^ And this is: How do you make a teacher great?
    • Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education | Video on TED.com 11 September 2009 12:20 UTC www.ted.com [Source type: Original source]
    • TED Blog: Bill Gates' talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education -- transcribed 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blog.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "These people have no idea who they're dealing with."
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But what surprises me is that there are no really good converters after all this time.
    • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

    .Also, the opportunity to go back and really rewrite something isn't quite as great, because there's always a new set of features that you're adding on to the same program.
  • The worst programs are the ones where the programmers doing the original work don't lay a solid foundation, and then they're not involved in the program in the future.
  • Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the programs down because people put in special checks.^ They love you and you're their child.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It's really something quite remarkable to watch.
    • Digerati - CH.10: BILL GATES - THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: General]

    ^ They're the original entitlements.
    • Bill Gates Was Creative at Microsoft 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC cafehayek.com [Source type: Original source]

    .When they want to add some feature, they'll just stick in these checks without thinking how they might slow the thing down.
  • Before Paul and I started the company, we had been involved in some large-scale software projects that were real disasters.^ Yes, they wanted to buy the company.

    ^ I really don't think they get it.
    • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ They were just fishing for friends and I didn't want to add them just for that.
    • Bill Gates Joins The Growing Social Network Exodus | Techdirt 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    .They just kept pouring people in, and nobody knew how they were going to stabilize the project.^ Microsoft goes up to the Hill and says they don't have a monopoly, and people just say, That's silly."
    • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They often fail when going this route and it would be better for them to just remain on the original path.
    • Bill Gates Joins The Growing Social Network Exodus | Techdirt 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I have seen people going to MAC side for sometime, they roam around and they comeback to Windows since they can't get much software, games etc in the MAC & Linux world.
    • Bill Gates leaves an enormous legacy but an uncertain future | Technology | Los Angeles Times 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: General]

    We swore to ourselves that we would do better

TED, February 2009

.
  • This leads to the paradox, that because the disease is only in the poor countries, there is not much investment.^ And so this leads to the paradox that because the disease is only in the poorer countries, it doesn't get much investment.
    • TED Blog: Bill Gates' talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education -- transcribed 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blog.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Well there's only a few diseases that account for the vast majority of those deaths: diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria.
    • TED Blog: Bill Gates' talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education -- transcribed 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blog.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In other words, there are business opportunities in poor countries, and business opportunities require imagination rather than altruism to exploit.
    • The Becker-Posner Blog: Bill Gates on Corporate Philanthropy--Posner 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.becker-posner-blog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .For example, there is more money put into baldness drugs, than are put into malaria.^ For example, there's more money put into baldness drugs than are put into malaria.
    • TED Blog: Bill Gates' talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education -- transcribed 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blog.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is no cliché I hear more, and that I hate more, than the vague, poorly-defined and generally ill-conceived notion that "execution" is more important than "the idea."
    • Bill Gates : Pictures, Videos, Breaking News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Just think about the effort that went into DOS to make it work with more than the first megabyte of memory and the third party "memory management" software!
    • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Bill Gates' Legacy: Microsoft's Top 10 Flops 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

    .Now, baldness, it is a terrible thing [audience laughter] and rich men are afflicted, so that is why that priority is set.^ And so that's why that priority has been set.
    • Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education | Video on TED.com 11 September 2009 12:20 UTC www.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ (Laughter) And rich men are afflicted.
    • Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education | Video on TED.com 11 September 2009 12:20 UTC www.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Post Reply px208 Mar 2, 2005 - 5:51 PM edited Could someone explain to me why its seen as such a bad thing to be rich?
    • Bill Gates Knighted by Queen Elizabeth | Betanews 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Video may be view here.

Attributed

.
  • There's only one trick in software, and that is using a piece of software that's already been written.^ So, the theme, as I said, is about using software to reach out and create a new customer experience, one that is valuable for the organization.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ A decision about whether to use an iPhone or Google's Nexus One can come down to the software services you use on the desktop or in the browser.
    • BILL GATES - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC bits.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
    • Did Bill Gates Really Say That? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC bits.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Not only does it look and sound great, it is possibly the most flexible Bluetooth headset out there due to an industry-first software platform.
    • Bill Gates on Google's Chrome OS | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson | Beyond Binary - CNET News 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

    • Quoted in Mark Halpern (1990), Binding Time

Misattributed

  • Life is not fair. Get used to it... Be nice to nerds. .Chances are you'll end up working for one.^ And so you end up with two choices.
    • Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education | Video on TED.com 11 September 2009 12:20 UTC www.ted.com [Source type: Original source]
    • TED Blog: Bill Gates' talk on mosquitoes, malaria and education -- transcribed 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blog.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ So we'll get into here quite a bit about building applications, and services for Media Center, and how you can share most of your work.
    • Bill Gates: Microsoft MIX06 Conference 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.microsoft.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I am one of those old school geeks and i'll tell you this.
    • Bill Gates Joins The Growing Social Network Exodus | Techdirt 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Though widely attributed to Gates on the internet, this list of life suggestions is actually based on one from Charles J. Sykes.^ I am not suggesting that Bill Gates change his presentation style (though I'd pay my own way to Redmond and work for free to help Bill with his next presentation).
      • Presentation Zen: Learning from Bill Gates & Steve Jobs 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.presentationzen.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Given the extraordinary sums of money Bill Gates has donated to a wide variety of groups and causes, one can only assume that at least some of his donations can be described as philanthropic.
      • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ He uses Bill Gates life as an example, showing how a series of small starts pushed him towards starting one of the largest companies in the world.
      • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

      .More information at Snopes.com
  • 640K ought to be enough for anybody.^ For more information, see d.wsj.com.

    ^ March 25, 2008 3:59 pm Link With regard to Bill Gates’s statement, “640K ought to be enough for anybody.”, we don’t know whether he was talking about memory or money.
    • Did Bill Gates Really Say That? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC bits.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I’ve never heard of Bill Gates saying “512K ought to be enough for anybody” — the quoted amount has always been 640K as far as I know.
    • Did Bill Gates Really Say That? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC bits.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Often attributed to Gates in 1981. Gates considered the IBM PC's 640kB program memory a significant breakthrough over 8-bit systems that were typically limited to 64kB, but he has denied making this remark.^ March 25, 2008 3:40 pm Link I thought the Gates quotation used 64K and referred to the amount of memory available to a single running Basic program on the very first PC — not the total memory in the comptuer.
      • Did Bill Gates Really Say That? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC bits.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Gates then talked IBM into letting Microsoft retain the rights, to market MS DOS separate from the IBM PC project, Gates proceeded to make a fortune from the licensing of MS-DOS. In 1981, Tim Paterson quit Seattle Computer Products and found employment at Microsoft.

      ^ Intrigued, Bill Gates called the new microcomputer’s creators, Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), to demonstrate the programming language he had written for the system.
      • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      Also see the 1989 and 1993 remarks above.
I've said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that. No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time … I keep bumping into that silly quotation attributed to me that says 640K of memory is enough. There's never a citation; the quotation just floats like a rumor, repeated again and again.
Do you realize the pain the industry went through while the IBM PC was limited to 640K? The machine was going to be 512K at one point, and we kept pushing it up. I never said that statement — I said the opposite of that.
  • "Gates talks" (20 August 2001) U.S. News & World Report
.
  • A future startup with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose.^ No matter how big they get they cannot own all the newspapers, all the cable networks, all the media companies, and force the people to do their bidding.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    .That price might be high.^ If it keeps the price high, PC makers might bolt to alternatives, such as the free Linux operating system.” .
    • Bill Gates: “Our Most Potent Operating System Competitor is Linux” | Boycott Novell 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC boycottnovell.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Established companies have an interest in excluding future competitors. .
    • Cited to "Challenges and Strategy" (16 May 1991) via Fred Warshofsky (1994), The Patent Wars.^ "May 16, 1991 internal strategies memo from Bill Gates" .

      ^ Gates distributed an internal memo on May 16, 1991, announcing that the OS/2 partnership was over and Microsoft would shift its efforts to the Windows NT kernel development.

      This is a misreading of Warshofsky's text; the quotation is actually from League for Programming Freedom (1991), "Against Software Patents." An example of the misattribution appears in Lawrence Lessig (2001), The future of ideas.

Quotes about Gates

.
  • The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.^ Perhaps that is all Bill Gates wanted.
    • Bill Gates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ According to Bill Gates , the key to digging the U.S. out of the recession is technology.
    • Bill Gates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Who made hime Bill Gates?
    • Bill Gates: Entrepreneur, Manager, and Leader - BV Krishnamurthy - Harvard Business Review 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blogs.harvardbusiness.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Gates is the ultimate programming machine. .He believes everything can be defined, examined, reduced to essentials, and rearranged into a logical sequence that will achieve a particular goal.^ After achieving a goal that seemed outlandish, it's clear that the only logical next step is to try to achieve a goal that seems nearly impossible.
    • Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever - Anil Dash 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.dashes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ What would you do if you defined the most ambitious goal you could imagine, and then achieved it just 25 years later?
    • Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever - Anil Dash 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.dashes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • Bill Gates is a very rich man today ...^ Bill Gates is my man.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Bill Gates is a very smart man.
    • Presentation Zen: Bill Gates and visual complexity 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC www.presentationzen.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If anyone can affoard this, Bill gates is the man.
    • snopes.com: Thousand Dollar Bill 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.snopes.com [Source type: General]

    and do you want to know why? The answer is one word: versions. .
  • It's a business I don't know anything about, but I admire Bill Gates enormously.^ Bill Gates – You don’t know me.
    • Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft (video) – istartedsomething 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ GATES: I don't know anything about employees in tears.
    • The Bill Gates Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC ei.cs.vt.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The truth about Bill Gates .
    • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

    .I know him individually, and I think he's incredible in business.^ I didn’t expect him to at all, actually I think he knows very little details about a lot of the Microsoft products or if they meet standards or not.
    • Bill Gates on Web standards: Huh? | 456 Berea Street 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.456bereastreet.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Warren Buffett, in lecture at Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.^ He has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Stanford University.
      • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ A powerful clue is offered by the fact that Bill Gates’ wife and favorite business partner (Warren Buffett) both sit on the Washington Post ’s Board of Directors .
      • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ The fact that Bill Gates’ wife and business partner (Warren Buffett) both sit on the Washington Post ’s board of directors speaks volumes.
      • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .(1994); Warren Buffett Talks Business VHS (1995) by The University of North Carolina Center for Public Television.
  • There never was a chip, it is said, that Bill Gates couldn't slow down with a new batch of features.^ So you're not Warren Buffett or Bill Gates.
    • Bill Gates: News & Videos about Bill Gates - CNN.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC topics.cnn.com [Source type: News]
    • Bill Gates: News & Videos about Bill Gates - CNN.com 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Bill Gates' new project: Farming .
    • Bill Gates: News & Videos about Bill Gates - CNN.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC topics.cnn.com [Source type: News]
    • Bill Gates: News & Videos about Bill Gates - CNN.com 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

    ^ The point of the post was to show that Gates never said he's stepping down.
    • Bill Gates to Leave Microsoft in 2 Years | Betanews 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • James Coates, The Chicago Tribune
  • Probably the most dangerous and powerful industrialist of our age.^ Scott McNealy, of Sun Microsystems, said Bill Gates is “probably the most dangerous and powerful industrialist of our age.” .
    • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And the biggest danger is at some point in the future Microsoft could and most probably will refuse to "activate" XP any more to make people upgrade.
    • Bill Gates Sucks! 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC toastytech.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • Bill Gates is a monocle and a Persian cat away from being the villain in a James Bond movie.^ The Foundation was inspired in large part by the wishes of Mary Gates, Bill Sr.'s wife and Bill Jr.'s mother, who passed away in 1994.
    • Bill Gates — Switched 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The other irritating theme that doesn't seem to want to go away is the idea that anybody speaking badly of Microsoft is just jealous of Bill Gates and company.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Bill Gates you said that you are going to try to give away some of yor money to education so please help me please.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • [Gates] apparently has made more money than anyone else his age, ever, in any business.^ But none of the heirs-apparent seem to be any more competent than Gates was.
    • Bill Gates to Leave Microsoft in 2 Years | Betanews 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.betanews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Wake up…Gates is doing more to save lives and better the earth than you will ever do with your bitter attitude and poor handle on history.
    • Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft (video) – istartedsomething 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ More than any other single person, Gates defined the PC era.
    • Who Will Fill Bill Gates’ Shoes? 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Brian O'Reilly, Fortune magazine, (12 October 1987)
  • Well, it seems to me that he did have an education to get there.^ Lisa Creech Bledsoe Seems to me that ads don't do as well on social network sites because shopping is not what people are there to do.
    • Bill Gates Joins The Growing Social Network Exodus | Techdirt 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.techdirt.com [Source type: General]

    ^ There also seems to be some concern in the comments that this recommendation for the book is non-authentic because of the potential financial benefit to Tim, but this does not seem to be a well-founded fear.
    • Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.fourhourworkweek.com [Source type: General]

    ^ (Score:1) Sunday October 14, @12:51AM Re:did they even hear what they were saying?
    • Slashdot | Bill Gates Denied Visa To Nigeria 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC slashdot.org [Source type: General]

    It happened to be mine, not his. .
    • Gary Kildall on the selection of Gates to give the keynote at the anniversary of the University of Washington computer science program.^ Below is the prepared graduation speech for Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates speech, which served as the commencement keynote address to the Harvard Commencement Ceremony for the Harvard University class of 2007.

      ^ Rashid received master of science (1977) and doctoral (1980) degrees in computer science from the University of Rochester.
      • bill gates and microsoft corp. Resources | BNET 16 October 2009 3:33 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ On the one-year anniversary of the consent-decree case, he was scheduled to give a keynote address at Agenda, the conference at which Gates had first heard the news that his government was suing him.
      • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

      This perceived insult prompted Kildall to write his memoir. ."The Man Who Could Have Been Bill Gates" in Business Week (25 OCTOBER 2004)
  • He is divisive.^ On the other hand, Bill Gates and Paul Allen did the best thing they could have done during their time--exploited the PC market and the money followed.
    • Why Bill Gates is Richer than You 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC philip.greenspun.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Gates may still be a shadowed presence at Microsoft, but as he fades into the twilight, the tech industry pauses to consider the departure of the man who defined it.
    • DailyTech - The Day Bill Gates Retired 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

    ^ SuluSulu (1039126) on Sunday October 14, @01:01AM ( #20971579 ) ( http://www.notaclue.info/ ) Give visa to Bill Gates?
    • Slashdot | Bill Gates Denied Visa To Nigeria 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC slashdot.org [Source type: General]

    He is manipulative. He is a user. .He has taken much from me and the industry.^ He has taken much from me and the industry.” (Gary Kildall in notes for an unpublished memoir Computer Connections ) .
    • Bill Gates - a knol by David Blomstrom 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • Gary Kildall, in notes for an unpublished memoir Computer Connections.

Notes

  1. a b The term "CNET News" is used by CNET Networks, Inc. in 2006.
  2. "Microsoft Software" (issues), Microsoft Versus, 2007, webpage: MSVersus-software.

See also

External Links

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has an article about:
Commons
Wikimedia Commons has media related to:

Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!

.William Henry Gates III aka Bill Gates (born October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington) is an American entrepreneur and the co-founder, chairman, former chief software architect, and former CEO of Microsoft, the world's largest software company.^ Tags : Bill Gates , company , Microsoft Corp.
  • bill gates Resources | BNET 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC resources.bnet.com [Source type: General]

^ And if it's how Bill sees the world, it's how Microsoft sees the world."
  • Wired 8.11: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth 15 September 2009 21:021 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ GATES, WILLIAM SEATTLE, WA 98105 MICROSOFT .
  • NEWSMEAT ▷ Bill Gates's Federal Campaign Contribution Report 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC newsmeat.com [Source type: Academic]

External Links

  • Bill gates runs like a girl
  • Bill gates finds the video of him running like a girl

This article uses material from the "Bill Gates" article on the Gaming wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Simple English

Bill Gates
File:Bill Gates in Poland
Bill Gates in Poland in 2006.
Born William Henry Gates III
October 28, 1955 (1955-10-28) (age 55)
Seattle, Washington
Residence Medina, WA
Nationality American
Occupation Chairman of Microsoft
Spouse Melinda Gates
Children 3
Parents William H. Gates, Sr.
Mary Maxwell Gates
Signature
File:BillGates
Website
Official Bill Gates Website

William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955),[1] commonly known as Bill Gates, was the co-founder and Chief of Microsoft. He was the richest person in the world for many years. When Bill was 13 he went to Lakeside School. He was a freshman at Harvard in 1973. He left Harvard University to make software. Bill Gates saw an opportunity to transform the personal computer, which used to be a hard-to-use and expensive device. He saw that computers could be made less expensive and more easy to use.

He recently decided to quit his job at Microsoft, and is doing more charity work with his wife, Melinda. Bill Gates' philanthropy projects have included vaccination of children in sub-Saharan Africa, scholarship programs in the United States, and leadership to help organize other billionaires to redistribute their wealth. He likes to give money and support to human rights, education and technological innovation.[2] Bill Gates stepped down from his CEO position in Microsoft in 1998 and Steve Ballmer did the job instead. On June 16 2007, Microsoft said that Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, will come in on a day to day schedule to continue working with his charity organization full time for the years to come.

References


Citable sentences

Up to date as of December 06, 2010

Here are sentences from other pages on Bill Gates, which are similar to those in the above article.








Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message