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INTRODUCTION We are living in the information age Everything nowadays revolves around computers and electronics A person in California can play another competitor in Iran a game of chess without leaving their home by the use of computers Computers have become a lot smaller and much more famous around the world One individual has played a big role in the computer industry He is an American business executive chairman and chief executive officer of the Microsoft Corporation and a multibillionaire Bill Gates CAREER Gates William Henry III 1955- was born in Seattle Washington Gates grew up in a very competitive family His father William H Gates II was an attorney His mother Mary was a University of Washington regent and director of First Interstate Bank His parents placed him in Lakeside an academic and rigorous private school in Seattle He met Paul Allen in high school Gates was fascinated with computers since the age of 12 and has been programming projects throughout high school career While attending Harvard in 1975 Gates and Allen made a version of the BASIC a computer programming language compiler for the MITS Altair microprocessor the first personal computer Working on BASIC for the Altair Gates dropped out of Harvard in 1977 to pursue his full-time vision of a computer on every desk and in every home In the early 1980s Gates help lead Microsoft from a developer of programming languages to a diverse computer software company that produced computer operating systems applications software and programming tools Gates has made MS-DOS in 1981 a computer operating system for the new IBM Personal Computer He has also driven Microsoft toward the introduction of application software such as the Microsoft Word word processing software Gates has challenged many companies with there related products He has challenged Digital Research the maker of CPM with DOS Lotus and 1-2-3 with Mutiplan and Excel Novells Netware with
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