Gates, Allen and Nadella Commemorate 40 Years of Microsoft
Microsoft celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding, with the help of co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.Microsoft was founded on April 5, 1975, with the goal of putting a PC in every home. The company has been enormously influential in the 40 years since, but it's the company's future, not its past, that co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates focused on in an April 3 letter to Microsoft employees. "We have accomplished a lot together during our first 40 years and empowered countless businesses and people to realize their full potential," Gates wrote. "But what matters most now is what we do next." The letter, which made the rounds online and in social media soon after it landed in staffers' inboxes, outlined Gates' vision for the company he co-founded in a post-PC world. "I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before," Gates wrote. "We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive." Essentially, science fiction's fantastical, computer-aided landscapes of the future are rapidly becoming reality. "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," continued Gates.
Today, Satya Nadella, former cloud computing chief, heads Microsoft. "Under Satya's leadership, Microsoft is better positioned than ever to lead these advances," commented Gates about Nadella, who was named CEO on Feb. 4, 2014.