Person of the Decade

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Graded Assignment Person of the Decade By the early 1990s, Soviet domination in Eastern Europe had ended. A number of individuals played a part in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Understanding the role that each played is an important part of understanding the process that changed European politics and geography. (50 points) 1. Using the information from the reading and from your online research, decide who you think should be named “Person of the Decade.” Then write a letter to the Time magazine nominating committee explaining why they should select your choice for “Person of the Decade.” This assignment is worth 50 points, so it will be important to: Provide background on the person. Give details about the person’s…show more content…
His supporters, on the other hand, celebrated his uncanny business acumen, his flexibility, and his boundless appetite for finding new ways to make computers and electronics more useful through software.” “All of these qualities were evident in Gates’s nimble response to the sudden public interest in the Internet. Beginning in 1995 and 1996, Gates feverishly refocused Microsoft on the development of consumer and enterprise software solutions for the Internet, developed the Windows CE operating system platform for networking non computer devices such as home televisions and personal digital assistants, created the Microsoft Network to compete with America Online and other Internet providers, and through Gates’s company Corbis, acquired the huge Bett mann photo archives and other collections for use in electronic distribution. In addition to his work at Microsoft, Gates was also known for his charitable work. With his wife, Melinda, he launched the William H. Gates Foundation (renamed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 1999) in 1994 to fund global health programs as well as projects in the Pacific Northwest. When Microsoft released Windows, Apple sued them claiming that it was a copy of their operating system that ran on Apple computers. Microsoft eventually won the lawsuit. In 1975, Microsoft had yearly revenue of $16,005. In 2000 that number had grown to $22.96 billion, and Microsoft currently employs
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