Bill Gates changed the way the world uses computers by building his many, Microsoft, from the ground up, enforcing that computer software is illegal to steal, and by making personal computers available for everyone to have in their own home. Bill Gates started his computer company,Microsoft, and worked relentlessly to make his company a success. Gates was fascinated with computers all of his life and started his first computer programming business with his friends when he was only in the eighth grade (Schuman 25).
When he first started his company he often worked 16 hour days and handled all of the computer footwear programming and all of the finances for his company (Likens 33). His round the clock working on his company eventually paid off. In 1981 Gate’s company’s revenues were up to 16 million dollars, however this was not enough for Gates. He desired and planned to run every other computer company out of business (Shooter 76). Being a strong and fearless businessman helped Gates accomplish his goals of running his competitors out of business and building Microsoft into the company that it is today.
Gates built up his company from a few employees in a small office to one of he worlds largest computer companies with his hard work and dreams of having computers available to everyone. With his company Gates created new computer software that improved how computers worked and made them easier for everyone to use. Building Microsoft contributed greatly to making technology as advanced as it is now. Not only did Gates build Microsoft but he also showed people that they would not get away with stealing computer software.
Bill Gates and his company prosecuted many individuals and companies for software theft to show the world that intellectual property cannot be stolen thou punishment. In 1998 Gates noticed that there was a huge gap between the number of computers being sold each year and the number of computer software. He quickly realized that many people were stealing computer software online. Gates knew that using computer software without paying was illegal and he intended to make everyone that stole their software pay the price for their crime.
When Microsoft first discovered that their software was being stolen they decided that if people were going to steal software then they should steal Microsoft’s software and eventually Gates loud find a way to collect money from his stolen property. Microsoft went after over 80 companies that they discovered were using their computer software without purchasing it and they pressed legal action and in the end got the money they had earned (Down to Earth).
Before Microsoft prosecuted these companies for illegally downloading software, stealing intellectual property online was not considered important and legal action was almost never taken against those who committed the theft. Thanks to Bill Gates and his company intellectual theft is now taken much more seriously in he eyes of the law. While Gates pursued many people who wronged his company he continued to go after his dream of having a computer in every home. “Microsoft has spent its first 15 years blazing the trail to the personal computer.
Its intent was to make the PC available and accessible to everyone” (Shooter 84). Bill Gates dream since he was in college was to have a computer available to everyone in their home. Originally his idea seemed silly to his friends, the thought that uneducated ordinary people without special training in computers would have access to one in their home, but to Gates it as a very real possibility. His dreams are the reason that computers are now available at low prices and are easy to use and understand.
Gates wanted this dream to become a reality so people could have easier access to information and to push the limits of technology further. Due to the nonstop efforts of Bill Gates and his co workers computers are available in the majority of homes and also in libraries and other public places like hotels and internet cafes. Making computers accessible to the general public has made Gates a well liked man around the world. Bill Gates is a very well respected man to almost everyone in the world.
His hard work and dedication to building his company without having it handed to him has gained him respect from many. Although throughout the years there have been times when Bill Gates has appeared rude and arrogant for example in 1998 his company lost a legal battle over Microsoft having monopoly over computers which lost him popularity in the publics eye (India Today) but he has always recovered his reputation. Bill Gates has forever changed the way that people look at computers and has done the public a retreat service by improving technology which has improved the day to day lives of most Americans.
Even though some many despise Gates because he is the most wealthy person in the world the general opinion of him is very positive. By building the his company, protecting intellectual property that belonged to him, and making computers available to everyone in their home Bill Gates has permanently changed the way the world uses computers. His never ending hard work and constant need to improve upon his work has made Bill Gates the wealthiest man in the world.