Saturday, April 4, 2015

Microsoft at 40: Read Bill Gates' anniversary email to employees

Saturday, April 4th is the 40th anniversary of the founding of Microsoft. Today, one of the company's co-founders, Bill Gates, sent out an email to all of Microsoft's employees to mark the occasion, but also took the time to look into the future of the company and technology in general.

Gates' who served as chief executive officer for 25 years before stepping down in 2000 has advice for its employees to utilize in the years ahead:
"Make the power of technology accessible to everyone, connect people to each other and make personal computing available everywhere."
In an email to employees on Friday, Gates reiterated his commitment to the vision he laid out four decades ago that software could empower the world, and asked Microsoft never to forget what it can do to change lives. "What matters most is what we do next," he wrote.

Gates', who has since pulled away from Microsoft yet remains an adviser to current CEO Satya Nadella, focuses now on philanthropic efforts as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His personal fortune has kept him at the top of the list of the world's wealthiest people 16 out of the last 21 years, but he's pledged to give away 95 percent of it to charity by his death. So far, Gates has poured $28 billion into his foundation.

Here's the full letter Bill Gates' wrote:

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