Bill Gates: Looks Into the Future of the PC - Microsoft Family reunites for Photo

On June 27, 2008, Bill Gates transitions from his day-to-day role at Microsoft to focus more time on his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates will remain Microsoft’s chairman and will be involved in select projects based on direction from Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and the leadership team. Watch the video […]

On June 27, 2008, Bill Gates transitions from his day-to-day role at Microsoft to focus more time on his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates will remain Microsoft’s chairman and will be involved in select projects based on direction from Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and the leadership team. Watch the video and hear from his friends, family and Microsoft leaders about Gates’ amazing journey — from coding BASIC for the Altair 8800 to leading the world’s largest software company.

BBC decided to take a look at the original Microsoft staff and see where they are today. In 1978, when Microsoft was three years old and based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, there were only a dozen people working for the company - compared with the current number of almost 90 000 employees worldwide.

Here we have 11 of the early pioneers, in a photograph that has evolved from a snapshot to become a historic document.


Steve Wood Left Microsoft in 1980 and has worked in the technology sector ever since.  Bob Wallace Left Microsoft in 1983. Died in 2002.  Jim Lane Left Microsoft in 1985. Stills works in software.


The original photograph should also have featured Miriam Lubow, the office secretary who was affectionately known as the Microsoft "Mama", as she was the oldest employee of the company.

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