Bill Gates’ Retreat: Future of Microsoft?


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Industry :Information Technology and IT Enabled Services

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Bill Gates’ Microsoft In April 1975, Gates and Allen founded the Microsoft6 Corporation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the same year, Gates and Allen developed a version of the programming language called BASIC for the first microcomputer, the MITS Altair and also sold it to MITS7, NCR8 and Intel9. In 1976, with several users using BASIC without seeking permission from Microsoft, Gates wrote an “open letter to hobbyists”, which said that computer software should not be copied by the relatively small computer community without the developer's permission...

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Gates, the richest man In 1986, Gates took Microsoft public and the initial offering for a share of Microsoft stock was $21.00 per share15. His 40 % ownership of Microsoft shares made his net worth $390 million by June 1986 and he became the richest man in the United States. He became a billionaire in 1987 and the world’s richest man16, when his company's stock rose to $90.75 per share. An analyst commented, ...

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