Member of an upper-class family from Seattle, WA, William Henry Gates the third, also
known as Bill Gates, was born on October, 28
1955; the same year a certain Steve jobs was
born. His father was then a lawyer and his mother a teacher. He discovered the computing world
at the age of thirteen while in Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school which happened
to possess a computer. With a few other students, including his future partner Paul Allen, he
founds the Lakeside Programmers Group to seek and fix bugs in the first computers.
wrote his first computer program which consisted of a tic-tac-toe game.
In 1973, Bill Gates is admitted to the University of Harvard where, neglecting his
schoolwork, he met another computer enthusiast, Steve Ballmer. Two years later, he drops out of
Harvard to found the company Traf-O’Data with his childhood friend Paul Allen, in Redmond,
WA, close to Seattle. The company will soon be renamed Micro-Soft which stands for
Microcomputer Software. They both engineered Altair Basic, a program destined for the Altair
8800 from MITS, considered then as the first American personal computer.
Persuaded that the personal computer industry is about to get bigger, Bill Gates and Paul
Allen decide to take their operating system to all computer manufacturers. In November of 1976,
they trademark the brand Microsoft. MITS purchased an exploitation license of Altair Basic for
six thousand Dollars. The following year, Commodore’s PET and Tandy’s TRS80 were both
equipped with Basic. Apple, founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, also launched its own personal
computers and in 1979, they offered twenty-one thousand Dollars to Bill Gates to purchase the
copyrights of software called AppleBasic.
In 1980, while Steve Jobs and Apple revolutionized the computer industry with the first
Macintosh based on the program Lisa, which offers icons and windows controlled by a scrolling
mouse, Bill Gates signed a contract with IBM to develop an operating system for a new