E Mails From Your Boss And A Man Named Paul Allen

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Today, more than ever we rely on computers and staying connected. We use them at work, school and for entertainment. E-mails from your boss, write a paper for school, or play the latest games. In fact, even the most technologically illiterate person can run a personal computer. This was not the case in the early days of Microsoft, IBM, Apple and other technological innovators. In 1975 Bill Gates and a man named Paul Allen had the idea to form a small partnership they called “Microsoft” with the idea to put a personal computer in every home in America. Computers up until this time were massive, requiring more space and power than the average house could handle, which made this seem like a pipe dream at best. Gates and Allen had been hard…show more content…
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