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William H Gates III and His GiantBill Gates cofounder of the Microsoft corporation holds 307 percent ofits stock making him one of the richest people in the United States He wasthe marketing and sales strategist behind many of Microsofts software dealsTheir software became the industry standard in the early 1980s and has justincreased in distribution as the company has grown so much that the Federalgovernment is suggesting that Microsoft has violated Sherman and Claytonantitrust actsBill Gates first interest in computers began at Lakeside a private schoolin Seattle that Gates attended There he wrote his first software programwhen I was thirteen years old It was for playing tic-tac-toeGates 1It was at Lakeside that Gates met Paul Allen who later became cofounderwith Gates of Microsoft There they became friends and began to mess aroundwith the computerGates 2 Back in the sixties and early seventies computertime was expensive This is what drove me to the commercial side of thesoftware businessGates 12 Gates Allen and a few others from Lakesidegot entry-level software programming jobs One of Gates early programs thathe likes to brag about was written at this time It was a program that scheduledclasses for students I surreptitiously added a few instructions and foundmyself nearly the only guy in a class full of girlsGates 12In 1972 Intel released their first microprocessor chip the 8008 Gates attemptedto write a version of BASIC Beginners All-purpose Symbolic InstructionCode for the new Intel chip but the chip did not contain enough transistorsto handle it Gates and Allen found a way to use the 8008 and startedTraf-O-Data a computer traffic analysis companyClayton 452 It workedwell however marketing their new machine proved to be impossible No oneactually wanted to buy the machine at least not from a couple teenagersGates14 Gates and Allen had more less successful endeavors in starting a softwarecompany In 1974 Intel announced their new chip the 8080 The two collegestudents sent off letters to all the big computer companies offering towrite
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