"Has been a lifesaver so many times!"
- Catherine Rampell, student @ University of Washington
"Exactly the help I needed."
- Jennifer Hawes, student @ San Jose State
"The best place for brainstorming ideas."
- Michael Majchrowicz, student @ University of Kentucky
PAGE 1: BILL\'S LIFE
William Henry Gates III was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1955. "Bill" was called "Trey" by
his father, since "Trey" means three. Trey was always smart, and always loved even the earliest computers
he could get his hands on. He went to a public school at first, and made a few friends there. He was
pushing all the school had to offer to the limits, until his parents decided to send him to a private school.
He at first didn\'t like the idea, but shortly after decided to go. The new school he went to, called "Mothers\'
Club," was where he got his hands on his first computer. The mothers decided to have a rummage sale.
The proceeds were used to buy a computer terminal, and buy computer time for the students. Trey said he
has always been grateful for the computer bought, especially in the \'60s, since computers were such an
unusual thing to get at that time. The All through his teens, Trey as "rebelling" against his mother. He did
everything his own way. He was always !
hard to get along with, unless he had at least some control. That was, as I have read about him, the way his
personality was. He went to a psychologist for a few years, because his mother refused to give in to Bill\'s
"rebellion." The psychologist just insisted that she must give in, because he couldn\'t help it, that was just
the way he was. Bill wrote his first computer program, a version of tic tac toe, when he was only 13 years
old! The way it worked was where each time you made a move on the keyboard, the extremely loud printer
came out with the results slowly after each move. Although a 5 minute tic tac toe game could take as long
as 2 hours, the kids at school, including Bill and his best friend, Paul Allen, liked it anyway since it was so
extraordinary to be using what they actually made themselves. Bill and Paul were always best friends, and
they were both very interested in computers. Paul was about four years older than Bill. When Bill went to
college, in Ha!
rvard. Paul got a job as a computer programmer while Bill was at his first two years in college. Paul
constantly came to see Bill. One day, in December of \'75,Paul came running to Bill with a magazine in his
hand. The magazine was Popular Electronics, and on the cover was the Altair 8800, the first mini-
computer kit. It was named after the planet in a Star Trek episode, Altair. Paul convinced Bill to start a
company with him, and to drop out of Harvard. Bill, somewhat reluctantly, agreed. William Gates and
Paul Allen started a company together, when Trey was 19, in 1976. They eventually decided to call it
MicroSoft. The goal of Microsoft was to put a computer on every desk in every building. To make that
happen, Microsoft aimed on compatibility. A few years after Microsoft was founded, Paul Allen left. He
now owns a basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers. Bill is now married to his wife, Melissa, and a
PAGE 2: ACCOMPLISHMENTS
With all the technology advances related to PC\'s during the beginning years in Microsoft, Bill
Gates knew that in order to have a chance in the computer revolution that he pictured, he would have to
jump in the open door, because I was closing fast. He knew that Microsoft would have to be in the PC
industry from the beginning if he wanted it to stand a chance. This page of my report is all about how
Microsoft stayed on top, and what Bill accomplished individually, this year, and in the last decade.
Before Microsoft was founded, Paul Allen and Bill tried to use all the top chips they could to
make software in it. Right before they founded Microsoft, they sent out Basic programs to all top
companies, but no one answered him. They didn\'t accept it, probably because Bill and Allen were
teenagers. After Microsoft was founded, however, they made foreign software for Japanese. They were
making it for a long time, but then teamed up with IBM and Intel to make the first
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