Bill Gates is not creator of Windows?

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    Exclamation Bill Gates is not creator of Windows?

    I read in a newspaper that Bill Gates is not the one who made up windows, and that it was some other guy, I can't thinkof his name right now though. But do you think that is true?

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    IIRC, Microsoft and Apple both took Xerox's example and created GUI operating systems (Been a while since I read about it... I think perhaps Apple bought Xerox's system...don't recall exactly).

    In any case, there were a team of developers for Microsoft who designed windows. By that time Gates was just the man in charge, not a developer.

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    So basicly everybody got the idea from everbody. Sortof?

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    Well, he didn't write DOS, which Windows originally revolved around.

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    Good point.

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    >Well, he didn't write DOS, which Windows originally revolved around.

    Most of their stuff is from acqusitians(sp)
    Hmm

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    Basically all he actually wrote was BASIC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elnerdo
    Basically all he actually wrote was BASIC.

    (I think.)
    Yeah, Bill Gates wrote BASIC with Paul Allen I believe. The GUI originated from Xerox PARC --> Apple --> Microsoft Windows. Apple sues Microsoft for their GUI relativity, but Apple loses.

    As time went on for Microsoft, there came a lot of Microsofties that came up with ideas and programmed a lot. Bill Gates was just the business coordinator and the guy that made sure everyone at Microsoft was working as hard as they can to pull through the projects.

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    So basicly Gates just came into the matter becouse he had the bucks to do it?

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    Not really that so much, but he was smart enough to do it correctly. It's not like Xerox and Apple are/were rinkydink little companies.

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    But a regular person couldn't come in and done what he did, could they have?

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    You mean like some random guy off the street? Probably not. Gates obviously isn't some random person, though. I don't think he was what you'd call loaded at that point in time.

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    Umm...wasn't Bill Gates a "regular person"? Bill Gates is the cocreator of Microsoft, that's it.
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    Right, but he was obviously knowledgable enough to know how to market it and work with what he could.

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