Microsoft’s 40th Anniversary: Letter from Bill Gates to its employees
The history of Microsoft began on 4th April, 1975. Being one of the biggest software makers in the world, it celebrates its 40th anniversary today. Microsoft has traveled a long way down the road to bring about revolutionary changes in the lives of human beings. From a common man, to being one of the richest persons in the world, Bill Gates and Paul Allen invented the “ALTAIR BASIC” as one of the first products of Microsoft in 1975. The commonly known Windows OS was released much after that (approx. 10 years later).
Bill Gates therefore sent a letter to all its employees, talking about the company’s future and vision under the guidance of Satya Nadella (the CEO of Microsoft). Below is the full letter.
Tomorrow is a special day: Microsoft’s 40th anniversary.
Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible. It is amazing to think about how far computing has come since then, and we can all be proud of the role Microsoft played in that revolution.
Today, though, I am thinking much more about Microsoft’s future than its past. I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive. 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.
Under Satya’s leadership, Microsoft is better positioned than ever to lead these advances. We have the resources to drive and solve tough problems. We are engaged in every facet of modern computing and have the deepest commitment to research in the industry. In my role as technical advisor to Satya, I get to join product reviews and am impressed by the vision and talent I see. The result is evident in products like Cortana, Skype Translator, and HoloLens — and those are just a few of the many innovations that are on the way.
In the coming years, Microsoft has the opportunity to reach even more people and organizations around the world. Technology is still out of reach for many people, because it is complex or expensive, or they simply do not have access. So I hope you will think about what you can do to make the power of technology accessible to everyone, to connect people to each other, and make personal computing available everywhere even as the very notion of what a PC delivers makes its way into all devices.
We have accomplished a lot together during our first 40 years and empowered countless businesses and people to realize their full potential. But what matters most now is what we do next. Thank you for helping make Microsoft a fantastic company now and for decades to come.
~Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft)
Even after 10 years from today, this letter will continue to be an inspiration for the youth and tell them to bring about a revolutionary change with their ideas and creativity. What’s next is what matters!