Bill Gates: Timeline

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  • 1590s

  • 1950s

  • 1960s

  • 1970s

    • 1970: The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970, when the company went out of business. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1973: Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1973: In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1974: He remained in contact with Paul Allen, joining him at Honeywell during the summer of 1974. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • December, 1974: Bill Gates was a student at Harvard University and Paul Allen worked for Honeywell in Boston when they saw the Altair 8800 computer in the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics. - Open Letter to Hobbyists, Wikipedia.
    • December, 1974: Bill Gates was a student at Harvard University and Paul Allen worked for Honeywell in Boston. - Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems, Wikipedia.
    • January, 1975: After reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800, Gates contacted Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the creators of the new microcomputer, to inform them that he and others were working on a BASIC interpreter for the platform. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • November, 1975: Paul Allen was hired into MITS,[25] and Gates took a leave of absence from Harvard to work with Allen at MITS in Albuquerque in November 1975. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • January 1, 1976: The company moved from Albuquerque to its new home in Bellevue, Washington on January 1, 1979. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • February, 1976: Gates wrote an Open Letter to Hobbyists in the MITS newsletter saying that MITS could not continue to produce, distribute, and maintain high-quality software without payment. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: Microsoft became independent of MITS in late 1976, and it continued to develop programming language software for various systems. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • November 26, 1976: Within a year, the hyphen was dropped, and on November 26, 1976, the trade name "Microsoft" was registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1977: As Gates is buying the shoes he holds up his discount card, which uses a slightly altered version of his own mugshot of his arrest in New Mexico in 1977 for a traffic violation. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1978: It discusses how change came in 1978 as Bill Gates, in his Open Letter to Hobbyists, pointedly prodded hobbyists to pay up. - Revolution OS, Wikipedia.
  • 1980s

    • 1980: IBM approached Microsoft to write the BASIC interpreter for its upcoming personal computer, the IBM PC. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1980: "If something's expensive to develop, and somebody's not going to get paid, it won't get developed. So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?" - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • June 25, 1981: Gates oversaw Microsoft's company restructuring on June 25, 1981, which re-incorporated the company in Washington and made Gates President of Microsoft and the Chairman of the Board. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1981: "Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back into the company." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • November 26, 1984: "The next generation of interesting software will be done on the Macintosh, not the IBM PC." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • November 20, 1985: Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows on November 20, 1985, and in August, the company struck a deal with IBM to develop a separate operating system called OS/2. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: "Text here." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1986: "Unfortunately, many programs are so big that there is no one individual who really knows all the pieces, and so the amount of code sharing you get isn't as great." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1986: "The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1986: "The worst programs are the ones where the programmers doing the original work don't lay a solid foundation, and then they're not involved in the program in the future." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1986: "To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1986: "In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1986: "Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the programs down because people put in special checks." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1986: "But at the heart of the programs that make it to the top, you'll find that the key internal code was done by a few people who really know what they were doing." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1986: "Suzanne Lammers, Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry, Harper and Row, ISBN 0-914-84571-3." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • November, 1987: "I believe OS/2 is destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1989: He founded Corbis, a digital imaging company, in 1989. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1989: "I have to say that in 1981, making those decisions, I felt like I was providing enough freedom for 10 years. That is, a move from 64k to 640k felt like something that would last a great deal of time. Well, it didn't - it took about only 6 years before people started to see that as a real problem." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1989: He has not officially been on a development team since working on the TRS-80 Model 100 line, but wrote code as late as 1989 that shipped in the company's products. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
  • 1990s

    • May 16, 1991: Gates distributed an internal memo on May 16, 1991, announcing that the OS/2 partnership was over and Microsoft would shift its efforts to the Windows NT kernel development. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: Gates was number one on the "Forbes 400" list from 1993 through to 2007 and number one on Forbes list of "The World's Richest People" from 1995 to 2007 and 2009. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • January 1, 1994: Gates married Melinda French from Dallas, Texas on January 1, 1994. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: Gates studied the work of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller and in 1994 sold some of his Microsoft stock to create the William H. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1995: He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people[4] and the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2010, excluding 2007. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1995: "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • October 23, 1995: "There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed. … I'm saying we don't do a new version to fix bugs. We don't. Not enough people would buy it. You can take a hundred people using Microsoft Word. Call them up and say "Would you buy a new version because of bugs?" You won't get a single person to say they'd buy a new version because of bugs. We'd never be able to sell a release on that basis." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • November, 1995: "In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • January 19, 1996: "Gates (19 January 1996), "Career Opportunities in Computing—and More"." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • January 13, 1997: Among the fascinating libraries he has built is the Bill Gates library, which the software magnet and philanthropist discussed in his first major interview for a cover story in the 13 January 1997 issue of Time magazine. - Kenneth W. Rendell, Wikipedia.
    • January 13, 1997: "Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • January 13, 1997: "It's possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me. If so, it's sure going well for me, I must admit." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1997: "We've done some good work, but all of these products become obsolete so fast... It will be some finite number of years, and I don't know the number — before our doom comes." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1998: In the 1998 United States v. Microsoft case, Gates gave deposition testimony that several journalists characterized as evasive. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: "One thing we have got to change in our strategy - allowing Office documents to be rendered very well by other peoples browsers is one of the most destructive things we could do to the company. We have to stop putting any effort into this and make sure that Office documents very well depends on PROPRIETARY IE capabilities." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
    • 1999: Gates was listed in the Sunday Times power list in 1999, named CEO of the year by Chief Executive Officers magazine in 1994, ranked number one in the "Top 50 Cyber Elite" by Time in 1998, ranked number two in the Upside Elite 100 in 1999 and was included in The Guardian as one of the "Top 100 influential people in media" in 2001. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
  • 2000s


    • 2000

      • January, 2000: Bill Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
      • 2000: Gates and his wife combined three family foundations into one to create the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is the largest transparently operated charitable foundation in the world. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
      • 2000: Since 2000, the nominal value of his Microsoft holdings has declined due to a fall in Microsoft's stock price after the dot-com bubble burst and the multi-billion dollar donations he has made to his charitable foundations. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.

    • 2001

      • 2001: "Bill Gates is a monocle and a Persian cat away from being the villain in a James Bond movie." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
      • October, 2001: "Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
      • November 11, 2001: On the 11th of November 2001, he Pioneered Real-Time DVD Authoring using Windows XP and was invited to encode and burn the first DVD during Bill Gates' COMDEX keynote speech by demonstrating his systems Real Time ability. - Anthony Chidiac, Wikipedia.

    • 2002

      • March 20, 2002: At that time Michael Saylor was labeled as a person who had lost more money in a single day than anyone other than Bill Gates when his personal net worth plummeted $6 billion on March 20, 2000[15]. - Michael J. Saylor, Wikipedia.
      • July 24, 2002: "We don't have the user centricity. Until we understand context, which is way beyond presence — presence is the most trivial notion, just am I on this device or not; it doesn't say am I meeting with something, am I focused on writing something." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
      • December 2, 2002: It centers on the fictional assassination of former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on December 2, 1999. - Nothing So Strange, Wikipedia.

    • 2004


    • 2005

      • February 15, 2005: At the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced that Microsoft was planning a new version of Internet Explorer that would run on Windows XP. - Internet Explorer 7, Wikipedia.
      • March 22, 2005: "Personal computing today is a rich ecosystem encompassing massive PC-based data centers, notebook and Tablet PCs, handheld devices, and smart cell phones. It has expanded from the desktop and the data center to wherever people need it — at their desks, in a meeting, on the road or even in the air." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.
      • 2005: Time also collectively named Gates, his wife Melinda and rock band U2's lead singer Bono as the 2005 Persons of the Year for their humanitarian efforts. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
      • 2005: Tanque Verde was established in 2005 under the Twenty First Century School model designed by Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. - Tanque Verde High School, Wikipedia.
      • October 14, 2005: "Understand that this is the last physical format there will ever be." - Bill Gates, Wikiquote.

    • 2006

      • February 15, 2006: Bill Gates and Oprah made an appearance on their education tour. - Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High Charter School, Wikipedia.
      • May, 2006: In a May 2006 interview, Gates commented that he wished that he were not the richest man in the world because he disliked the attention it brought. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
      • 2006: According to King County public records, as of 2006 the total assessed value of the property (land and house) is $125 million, and the annual property tax is $991,000. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
      • 2006: Gates has several investments outside Microsoft, which in 2006 paid him a salary of $616,667, and $350,000 bonus totalling $966,667. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
      • June 15, 2006: Gates announced that he would transition out of his day-to-day role over the next two years to dedicate more time to philanthropy. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.
      • 2006: Bill Gates announced during his keynote speech at CES 2006 that an external HD DVD drive would be released for the Xbox 360 during 2006. - Xbox 360 HD DVD Player, Wikipedia.
      • November, 2006: He and his wife were awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle for their philanthropic work around the world in the areas of health and education, particularly in Mexico, and specifically in the program "Un país de lectores". - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.

    • 2007


    • 2008


    • 2009

      • 2009: Andresen openly criticized Bill Gates for telling him how to manage his fortune, and accused Gates of being poorly informed about Norwegian economy. - Johan H. Andresen jr., Wikipedia.
      • September 22, 2009: The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on September 22, 2009, with Bill Gates giving the keynote address. - Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, Wikipedia.
      • October, 2009: It was announced that Gates will be awarded the 2010 Bower Award for Business Leadership of The Franklin Institute for his achievements in business and for his philanthropic work. - Bill Gates, Wikipedia.






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