Bill Gates Paul Allen & Microsoft By Jared Forney

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Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955 and Paul Allen was born on January 21, 1953. Bill (age 12) and Paul (age 14) met as fellow students and computer enthusiasts at the Lakeside School outside Seattle. They quickly became friends with the help of their love for programming. They were two very different people, Allen was more reserved and shy while Bill was feisty and sometimes combative.

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After graduation from Lakeside school Paul Allen went to Washington State University and dropped out after two years. Bill Gates enrolled at Harvard University and dropped out after two years of graduate level computer science courses. Paul Allen had convinced Bill Gates to drop out and create the thriving company Microsoft!

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Allen worked on a simulator for the Altair while Gates developed the interpreter. Although they developed the interpreter on a simulator and not the actual device, the interpreter worked flawlessly when they demonstrated the interpreter to MITS in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 1975

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MITS agreed to distribute it, marketing it as Altair BASIC. They officially established Microsoft on April 4, 1975, with Gates as the CEO. Allen came up with the original name of Microsoft as recounted in a 1995. In August 1977 the company formed an agreement with ASCII Magazine in Japan, resulting in its first international office, ASCII Microsoft.

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Microsoft was founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows. The company's 1986 initial public offering, and subsequent rise in its share price, created three billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires among Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market.

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