40th Birthday Microsoft. The company has celebrated in style and things are still looking good, despite some ups and downs.
Believe it or not, but it has been 40 years since Bill Gates and Paul Allen have established the tech giant Microsoft. On April 4, 1975, Bill Gates (19 years) and Paul Allen (22 years), then a fellow college, start-up founded Microsoft. Allen has been long gone from Microsoft, but still remains on the board and works with the company on special projects.
Bill Gates on the other hand, is the figure that everyone thinks about when Microsoft is mentioned, a company that today accounts over 125,000 employees and its products, especially Windows are installed in almost 90% of computers worldwide, and last year’s turnover was 86 billion dollars. The market value of the company is the 3rd in the world, second to Apple and Exxon Mobil.
It is noticeable that in 40 years Microsoft had only three CEOs: Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Satya Nadella.
When Microsoft began, Bill Gates had a vision to put a computer in every home and on every table. Yes, almost 90% of the world’s PCs, run a version of Windows. In 2016, according to different studies, a quarter of the global population will own a smartphone, which will probably run iOS or Android, while Microsoft currently has only 3% of this market.
The recent CEO made some radical decisions to change this. Soon Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for most PC users, MS Office is free to download for iOS and Android and Windows Phone is licensed free to Android phone manufacturers that produce devices with a screen size less than 9 inch. There’s also OneDrive as a cloud storage solution for everyone with a Microsoft account, and not to forget the Xbox, Surface or the HoloLens Technology.
… Microsoft is making quite some stuff open source as well.Â
Read the letter in full detail below:
Tomorrow is Microsoft’s 40th Anniversary. Today Bill Gates sent out the following mail to all employees in honor of that event:
Friday 4/3/2015 10:33AM
From: Bill Gates
To: Microsoft to All Employees
Subject: Microsoft’s 40th Anniversary
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 and drive to 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 react even more people and organizations around the world. Technology is still out of reach for many people, because it is complex or expensive, of 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.