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Whoever said that apparently doesn't know what a manager or executive does.
Re: Bad day? "During Microsoft's early years, Gates was an active software developer, particularly in the company's programming language products, but his primary role in most of the company's history was as a manager and executive" Disagree? -- LateForLunch Post Reply Top of thread Forum

Posted by: Russ Walden

02/15/2021, 18:52:19

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LFL --

Did he expect Gates to be up late writing source code for Windows 3.1? Does he think Elon Musk is down there welding fenders on the new models?

Gates was the driving force behind MS's development of Windows. It was that development that finally led to the breakup between IBM and Microsoft. At that time, IBM's OS/2 was a working system, while Windows was a Gates wet dream. OS/2 withered away, while Windows went on to conquer the world (at least according to a dumb-ass judge).

Windows versions 1 & 2 were dismal failures. They couldn't even give them away. At that time, we were buying so-called "clones" -- meaning anything that ran MS-DOS but was not made by IBM. When new computers arrived, they always included a full set of disks for Windows (1 or 2). One of the girls in Accounting would always peel the labels and reformat the disks for general use. Gates perservered. Windows 3.0 broke the ice, but was not a success until version 3.1.

Maybe Gates didn't write the source code, but he sure as hell made it happen.

As to the AGW bullshit, this topic began as a discussion of history. Let it so remain.

Albert Einstein is not Yoichiro Nambu. But Yoichiro Nambu is not Albert Einstein. Seems fair.

Take care,

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