Saturday, March 24, 2007

A talk given by Bill Gates in 1989 to the UW Computer Science Club

Bill Gates discusses the software and computer industry, and how Microsoft has contributed. Gates also discusses his views on the future of the computing industry. The talk was recorded in 1989 but was only recently digitized. Topics include:
The start and history of the microcomputer industry
Microsoft BASIC and the Altair 880 computer
The transition from 8-bit to 16-bit computers
Microsoft's history with IBM
640k memory barrier and 16-bit architectures
32-bit 386 and 486 architectures
RISC and multi-processor machines
EGA graphics and WYSIWYG editors
Decreasing cost of memory, harddisks and hardware in general
The importance and future of the mouse
Object-oriented programming
MS-DOS and OS/2
Multi-threaded and multi-application systems
Synchronization in multi-threaded applications
Diskette-based software
UNIX standardization and POSIX
History of the Macintosh and Microsoft' involvement
Involvement of Xerox in graphical user interfaces
Apple vs. Microsoft lawsuit regarding user interfaces
OS/2 future as a replacement for MS-DOS
Microsoft Office on Macintosh
Thin/dumb clients
Compact discs
Multimedia applications
Gates' current role at Microsoft

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