Industry History

Bill Gates is the most successful business man in the world today, and he is also in the fastest growing industry in the world. Bill has been involved in this industry since he was in school, he made money selling software that he made to his school and city. His first company was called Traf-O-Data, they sold a program that could count traffic in a city. That was about all he did in Traf-O-Data. However with his computer partner Paul Allen he co-founded Microsoft back in 1975 when he was only 19. Within a few years Microsoft had made a name for itself with their operating systems and shrewd business deals. One of Microsoft's earliest successes was the MS-DOS operating system which is still used today. Now Microsoft has grown to be the largest software company there is and they show no sign of slowing down. It has been calculated that Microsoft controls 80-85% of the entire PC software industry. The company has hundreds of products and nearly 18,000 employees making it one of the largest companies to date. Many of the companies share holders are now millionaires and a few including Bill Gates and Paul Allen are billionaires. Microsoft is no doubt the fastest growing company in the PC software industry, without some of Microsoft's software I may not have even been typing this up. Bill Gates, head of Microsoft, the richest man alive, also one of the most powerful and influential men alive, all this power in the hands of a single man has some people very frightened. There are many battles going on about the vast monopoly Microsoft has on the industry, but you have to admit it, he earned it, and he'll do anything in his power to keep it.

source: Unofficial Bill Gates site

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