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Bill Gates ... techno titan contributes to shaping computer programing industry
From spending hours in the computer lab at school and university, to creating new computer software that triggered creation of Microsoft, thus revolutionizing the industry of software and computers worldwide to a new philanthropy domain, helping people.
 
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is one of the most influential technological titans of the 20th and 21st centuries.
 
Born in 1955, Gates' passion to computer programing started when he was 13 years old, spending long hours in the computer lab at Lakeside school. The school was involved with a Seattle computer company, which gave the young Gates the opportunity to work with a Teletype terminal.
 
Gates, spending much of his free time at the company's lab, wrote a tic-tac-toe program, his first, in BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). BASIC is a family of general-purpose and high-level programing languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use.
 
During this time Gates met and become friends with future Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who was two years older. They developed a partnership and the two went into business with Gates only 15 years old.
 
Gates and Allen, sharing the same passion, developed a computer program called "Traf-o-Data," designed to monitor traffic patterns in Seattle. The program netted USD 20,000 in profit in 1970. Three years later, Gates went to Harvard University with the intention to study law. However, his passion for computer programing grew stronger.
 
He spent long hours in the computer lab at Harvard, and his great attachment to programing made him drop out of Harvard in 1975, to eventually start his cyber journey.
 
But one year prior to dropping out, Gates and Allen contacted Micro Instrumentation Telemetry Systems (MITS) company to offer software they were developing to run a mini-computer kit developed by MITS, called Altair 8,800. The two, getting MITS' thumbs-up, spent two months writing the software at Harvard's computer lab.
 
The demonstration of the software was a success, which eventually led to Gates and Allen forming the company that would be called Microsoft.
 
The visionary entrepreneur Gates helped Microsoft rise to dominance of the computer programing for many years, proving how Gates excelled in business matters as well.
 
The company produced its Microsoft Disk Operating System, better known as MS-DOS for IBM in the 1980s, when the computer boom era began, and sold 100 million of this software by the early 1990s.
 
Microsoft, working for two years on new software, released their Windows operating system that can be used with a mouse to point and click. "It is unique software designed for the serious PC (Personal Computer) user," Gates said of the Windows, which continued to develop in the years to come to dominate the market around the globe at the consumer and business levels.
 
Gates was capable of seeing all sides of the software industry, product development and corporate strategy. He will analyze any corporate move, develop a profile of all possible cases and run through them, asking questions about anything that could possibly happen.
 
His pursuit for perfection never stops and could be seen in his reported confrontational management style, like he would challenge employees' ideas to keep creative process going. He is reported to have been testing people around him to see if they were really convinced of their own ideas.
 
Gates' business philosophy coupled with Microsoft's aggressive business strategy contributed to pushing the company to the top.
 
Gates, named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of the previous century, changed the way people thought of computers and contributed to commercialize operating systems.
 
Bill Gates is expected in Kuwait next Monday at the invitation of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to participate in a dialogue session with Kuwaiti youths about "Youth and International Development." Gates, on the other hand, moved from technology to a new challenge, philanthropy. It was a 1993 trip to Africa that drew his attention to extreme poverty, which eventually triggered his contributions to improve quality of life of poor people.
 
Gates announced in 2006 he was transitioning himself from full-time at Microsoft to part-time. His last full-time day was on June 27, 2008, only to focus on his philanthropic activities.
 
Gates has proven to be as savvy in his philanthropic endeavors as he was in his quest for excellence in business, pursuing this quest with the same aggressiveness as well as passion.
 
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