Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Vision That Was

On June 27, Microsoft headquarters staff bid farewell to its founder Bill Gates. Gates co-founded the company in 1975 with the vision to put a computer on every desk and in every home. 33 years later, the vision has been realized and the computer has truly revolutionized our lives. According to research firm IDC, there are currently more than one billion PCs worldwide.

After stepping down, the 52-year-old will devote most of his efforts to philanthropy. His charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the world's largest charity. While pitting himself against malaria and poverty, Gates will still work on special projects at Microsoft on a part-time basis.

The next time someone boasts of having X computers at home, gently remind and thank the person for fulfilling the vision that was.