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In its 23-year lifetime Microsoft has had three distinct phases The first from 1975 to 1989 was characterized by both bold thrusts into new businesses Among their many successes were MS-DOS Word Excel Macintosh software and Windows The company relied on the success of Windows banking every penny they had on its success which paid off in Microsofts second phase from 1990 when Windows 30 was released to 1994 Customer driven change also marked phase two Customers wanted operating systems that blended the best of Windows UNIX and NetWare this was the beginning of Windows NT Customers wanted the best of Microsofts productivity tools to work better together so Microsoft Office was created to integrate the software Recognizing the need to develop fundamental advances in software Microsoft created Microsoft research In 1995 Microsoft entered phase three taking advantage of tremendous opportunities offered by the Internet Since 1995 Microsoft has reinvented itself so that today everything Microsoft creates or updates leverages with the Internet In the beginning Gates was mainly concerned and involved with technical development of new products in order to attract consumers Since Microsoft controls the largest percentage of the market than any of its competitors Gates puts more focus on the organization itself and its employees Microsofts mission is to continually advance and improve software technology and to make it easier more cost effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers In order for Microsoft to continue on its fruitful path the development of intelligent decision makers otherwise known as managers must be trained Gates realizes the ROI of his creation relies on every single individual which makes up the organization called Microsoft He also knows he cannot be at the table to make ever single day-to-day decision instead of trying to be in a hundred place at oncece Gates attempts to train well oiled managers He has even published articles that reveal his expectations and qualities he attempts to instill into
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