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Bill Gates Before Microsoft – Story Of The Legend

Bill gates is known as one of the world’s richest person, an ace investor, a philanthropist and one of the world’s most successful entrepreneur. Anyhow he was not born with a golden spoon. All this was earned by hard work, dedication and a slight tinge of luck. His story goes on as follows:

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Early life of Bill Gates:

Bill Gates was born on the 28th of October 1955, in Seattle to William and Mary Gates. His father was an attorney in the US and his mother was among the board of directors of a top organization although later turned into a homemaker. They were a complete mismatch as a couple. William was a rather shy person whereas Mary was an outgoing women and a top athlete. Anyhow the proved to be a decent couple and gave the best of education to their 3 kids which included Bill and his 2 sisters. Bill was quite interested in reading and did his primary schooling at a public school. However, his parents were quite concerned about his overly shy behavior.

Bill Gates

Bill Gate’s Developing Interest in Computers

Thus they shifted him to Lakeside school when he was 12 years old. This was the place where Bill Gates met Paul Allen; and this is what made all the difference. Bill was introduced to Computer and programming there at the age of 13. Now there was a mother club at the school. This club bought a Teletype model 33 ASR General Electric computer for its members and this caught the fascination of Gates. Anyhow, he and three others were banned from accessing systems there since they were caught locating bugs in the operating system in order to increase their usage time.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Bill Gate’s First Practical Venture on Computers

Later on Gates went to CCC (Computer Centre Corporation) in order to learn various languages. As a result he learnt Fortran, Lisp and machine language. He learnt Cobol the next year. At the age of 13, Bill gates wrote the 1st program of his life! This program was a tic-tac-toe game, where the users could play with the computer. At the age of 17 Gates started making traffic counters. He graduated from high school in 1973 and scored 1590 out of 1600 in SAT, which booked him a seat in Harvard University. Here he met Steve Ballmer (the present CEO of Microsoft). Later on he developed algorithms for pancake sorting and this he made a record of the fastest solution in Combinatorics till that date.

Bill Gates

History of Microsoft

In the year 1975, Gates read an article on Altair 8800 mini computer, which was developed by Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), which changed all! This was when Bill Gates and Paul Allen got more fascinated over PC industry. The 2 techie’s then soon called up MITS and said that they have a software which can be run of Altair 8800 (actually they had not developed any such software).

Bill Gates at his Bellevue Office

Soon after hearing the interest of MITS about running a BASIC code on Altair 8800, they developed the software which worked well on Altair 8800. This is exactly when Bill Gates and Paul Allen decided to start their own company – Microsoft. This was when they started their venture Microsoft which is well known brand today. In order to do this his dropped out of Harvard, his parents did not object to it since he was dead interested in doing so. This corporation initially dealt in BASIC related programs but later expand its horizon to various niches.


During the initial phase of Microsoft, Gates observed every code which the organization brought out. However, as the scope of the company increased, the workload went on shifting to his juniors.

Microsoft Team

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Zainil Dedhia

Zainil is commerce graduate & is pursuing his further studies in commerce. He loves to write about software's & social media.

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    • Hey Devagya, thanks for your kind words about the work! 🙂 Between I had started this post 2 weeks back, so I could say that it took me around 15 days to browse over the web to collect and post all this! 😛

    • Hi Asbestos, due to the time constrain, all couldn’t be published! I would really appreciate if you could share your valuable knowledge here by the way of another comment! 🙂

  • Thanks for writing the story of Bill gates with nice pictures Zainil!

    Very interesting to read about him and he is really great.

    Hats off to your neat work, keep doing 🙂

    • Hi Nirmala! 🙂 Thanks a million for your comment here! 🙂 Between hats off to Bill Gates for creating such a big empire out of scratch – truly a great man! 🙂 🙂

  • Hey Zainil Dedhia,
    Thanks for sharing the story of this living legend. Before this I was thinking he has done all the thing alone but now it is clear. I am a big fan of him (Means his money =D). I salute his company Microsoft for making Windows otherwise i think using computers may be very difficult. People like Bill Gates always inspire people like me to do some thing which make us an “Identity”. Any way I spend good time on your site. Thanks again =D

    • Hi Devinder,

      Bill Gates is super super rich ! 😎 But the good part is he is a great philanthropist too! 🙂 And surely Bill Gates is a perfect model for getting inspired!

  • Hey Zainil,

    A great and well written post. I never knew anything about Bill Gates before Microsoft. Thank you for writing about him in detail.

    I loved reading this post line by line.

    Keep up the good work bro!

  • hi zainil,
    this is a very interesting post. It make the giant look like one of us with a very driven attitude. thanks for the inspirational post.

  • hello zainil
    another nice article..:)

    But the end was quite unexpected.There is nothing about when and how he got idea for creating WINDOWS.You could have written about it.Anyways i enjoyed reading rest of the article.

    • Hi Radhika,

      There is soo much more to write about Bill gates, but then I had to stop somewhere! 😛 Thus I winded up the story of Microsoft in 1-2 lines only.

      I am glad that you enjoyed reading the article! 🙂

  • Hi Zainil,

    Thank you for sharing the story of Bill Gates 🙂 He’s such an inspiration to everybody.

    I’ve heard many times about how he came up with Windows, but this is quite new to me. I didn’t know much about how he made through since he born until he starts the Microsoft.

    You know, we all talk about how Microsoft comes as a major player in the industry and embrace lives of people with computers.

    Hope you will continue the story 😉


  • Hi Zainil

    A very interesting article – and like other readers, I especially enjoyed seeing all the old photos – sounds like he was a sensationally smart kid, but he’s obviously worked hard to make the most of his talents.

    Great share – thank you 🙂


    • Hi Sue,

      I totally appreciate the hard work of Bill Gates, its just impossible to imagine CEO of Microsoft from a family full of lawyers! 😎

  • Thanks for the hard work to compile the story of a legend. My favourite quote from Bill Gates is “If you born as a poor thats not your fault.. If you die as a poor thats your fault.”

  • Hi There Zainil,

    This was a great article on Bill Gates.

    My suggestion do write more articles on famous tech personalities like Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg too.


    Techie WhizKid

    • Hi Techie WhizKid! 🙂

      Wooww.. I totally liked your suggestion list! 🙂 🙂 I will soon try to work on them! 😎

  • HI Zainil,

    Again i am your Post, and really Informative Article about the Bill Gates Before Microsoft – Story Of The Legend. Actually I didn’t know more about it. But i must say thanks to you for giving me Informative article.

  • Very nice and great information about Bill Gates….. i did not now more about it. but after read this post i am getting new information about Bill Gates .

    Thanks for sharing

  • Really, Such a Inspirational person for me
    BTW Nice Researched Article
    It should be publish in News Paper

  • Hi Zainil,
    Bill Gates is one of the famous people in IT and you are wrote a great post about him. Interesting and informative article. I learned something new. Thanks for sharing!

  • Bill Gates’ life has always been inspiration for many people. Thanks a lot for this awesome post with rare photos.

    Another interesting fact: “Content is King” was originally said by Bill Gates in 1996. This quote still remains key to success for online world, and forever it will be.

  • Zainil,

    Thanks for sharing the background explaining how Bill Gates became such a huge success.

    He is brilliant, and that certainly helps, but he applied his knowledge and his timing was right.

    Dr. Erica

  • Hi Zainil ,
    you did write a story of a usual school boy,
    who got inspired by a mentor and because
    of his interest and ambition,was able to do
    make his dream reality. I had an experience with
    two other young men,which started in the town I grew up
    a big company. They started in a garage and with
    teamwork and enthusiasm, they have been able to
    start in a very short time a big software company.
    The name of the company SA, SAP is headquartered i
    n Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with regional
    offices in 130 countries. sap.com
    They are known all over the worldwide now and I met
    People from all over the world because of them, when I
    lived there.
    Thank you for this great post, may it inspire.

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