Microsoft turns 40: Bill Gates sent anniversary email to employees
On 4th April 1975, two college drop-outs, William Henry “Bill” Gates III and Paul Allen founded Microsoft Corporation.
Today, on 4th April 2015, Microsoft is celebrating its 40th birthday. It has come a long way since its inception.
Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Microsoft entered the OS business in 1980 when it brought its own version of Unix, called Xenix. However, it was MS-DOS that solidified the company’s presence in the OS markets.
Microsoft has more than 125,000 employees with revenue of $87 billion. It is the third most valuable company after Exxon Mobil and long time competitor Apple.
Bill Gates, the co-founder, held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect during his career at Microsoft. Currently he has pulled himself away from Microsoft and took to philanthropy in a big way. He co-chairs Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He still remains adviser to current CEO Satya Nadella.
Today he has been consistently named in the Forbes list of world’s wealthiest people. His current worth is $79.2 billion.
on 3rd April 2015, a day before the 40th anniversary, Gates revisited his vision he set four decades ago. He emphasized on the power of technology empowering the world, connecting individuals and making lives better. In a mail sent to Microsoft employees, Gates thanked his employees for helping make Microsoft a fantastic company now and for decades to come.
Here is the full letter that Gates sent to employees. The letter was posted on Twitter by Amit Choudhary.
“Tomorrow is a special day: Microsoft’s 40th anniversary.Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible. It is amazing to think about how far computing has come since then, and we can all be proud of the role Microsoft played in that revolution.
Today though, I am thinking much more about Microsoft’s future than its past. I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive. We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more.
Under Satya’s leadership, Microsoft is better positioned than ever to lead these advances. We have the resources to drive and solve tough problems. We are engaged in every facet of modern computing and have the deepest commitment to research in the industry. In my role as technical advisor to Satya, I get to join product reviews and am impressed by the vision and talent I see. The result is evident in products like Cortana, Skype Translator, and HoloLens — and those are just a few of the many innovations that are on the way.
In the coming years, Microsoft has the opportunity to reach even more people and organizations around the world. Technology is still out of reach for many people, because it is complex or expensive, or they simply do not have access. So I hope you will think about what you can do to make the power of technology accessible to everyone, to connect people to each other, and make personal computing available everywhere even as the very notion of what a PC delivers makes its way into all devices.
We have accomplished a lot together during our first 40 years and empowered countless businesses and people to realize their full potential. But what matters most now is what we do next. Thank you for helping make Microsoft a fantastic company now and for decades to come.”