When the world’s first commercial microprocessor was created at Intel in 1971, senior management failed totally to appreciate its future significance.
And so did everyone else.
It was to be another five years before Bill Gates and Paul Allen leapt to the stunning conclusion that household computers based on the Intel microprocessor would not only have practical applications, but would ultimately lead to a “computer on every desk and in every home”.
But first, there had to be software. Gates and Allen took just two months to write the first BASIC software package for a microcomputer at Harvard in 1975. Thirty-five years later, Microsoft’s Windows operating systems were installed on 90% of all personal computers.
"The whole PC industry really took off around the variety of software packages that we got people to write”
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