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At age 36 Bill Gates is the richest man in the United States. Microsoft is now unstoppable. BB. 1 is released and gets highly favorable reviews. The future of operating systems according to Bill Gates is now clear. Windows/DOS and Windows NT are to be eventually merged into one product running on all personal computers. V. Summary of Business Style: 1) Hard Working; 2) Very Competitive; 3) Ability to pick gifted associates and motivate ' them to produce in an atmosphere of controlled chaos; 4) Brilliant Strategist.

Gates continues to serve as a chairman of the board at the company and also as a position he created for himself entitled "Chief Software Architect". Microsoft has thousands of patents, and Gates has nine patents to his name. Since Microsoft's founding and as of 2006, Gates has had primary responsibility for Microsoft's product strategy. He has aggressively broadened the company's range of products, and wherever Microsoft has achieved a dominant position he has vigorously defended it. Many decisions that have led to antitrust litigation over Microsoft's business practices have had Gates's approval.

This was untrue, as Gates and Allen had never used an Altair previously nor developed any code for it. Within a period of eight weeks they developed an Altair emulator that ran on a minicomputer, and then the BASIC interpreter. Allen and Gates flew to MITS to unveil the new BASIC system. The demonstration was a success and resulted in a deal with MITS to buy the rights to Allen and Gates's BASIC for the Altair platform. It was at this point that Gates left Harvard to found Micro-Soft, which later became Microsoft Corporation, with Allen.

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