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.