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Bill Gates celebrates Microsoft's 40th anniversary by looking to the future

Saturday, April 4 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.

The email was posted by Re/code. In one section of the memo, Gates wrote:

"I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive. We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more."

Gates said that under the leadership of Microsoft's current CEO Satya Nadella, the company is "better positioned than ever" to be a leader in these kinds of technological advances. He added:

"We have the resources and drive to solve tough problems. We are engaged in every facet of modern computing and have the deepest commitment to research in the industry. In my role as technical advisor to Satya, I get to join product reviews and am impressed by the vision and talent I see. The result is evident in products like Cortana, Skype Translator, and HoloLens—and those are just a few of the many innovations that are on the way."

Source: Re/code

121 Comments
  • Happy birthday MS
  • I believe it stated "Anniversary"
  • And, what's the difference?
  • Its all the difference to me personally.
  • And objectively? I'm seriously wondering.
  • It's an anniversary to him because it's when they first made love
  • Well I am a Jehovah's Witness and birthdays do not apply in my life for reasons I will say if you'd like to know.
  • companies aren't people so they don't really have a "birth day" but it is synomymous with anniversary in the sense that it marks the beginning... it's not gaudily celebrating itself dont worry
  • You are right.... Except for the fact that companies are people in the US.
  • Lol, I know right!
  • Save it... I'm atheist.
  • I respect that :)
  • Are you asking what's the difference between a birthday & an anniversary❓ Lol.
  • A company isn't born. It's started or founded. That's the difference.
  • Not yours, not mine. Lets call it a birth anniversary. ;)
  • Or birthasary
  • Or annibirthsary.
  • "And, what's the difference?"   It's the 40th Birthday of Microsoft, it's the 40th anniversary of the founding of Microsoft
  • I never knew I shared my bday with Microsoft.. :P :D
  • Then ye should be banned...
  • Happy Microsoft day then XD
  • Hppy 40th anniversary MS :D
  • Something more is on the way??
  • There's always more on the way.
  • Windows 40.
  • Some of the stuff they have planned is probably unbelievable. I'm still impressed with video calls
  • Lumia 940 (?)
  • With the new hologram display :)
  • Happy Anniversary Microsoft :)
  • Just give more love to Microsoft
  • "...those are just a few of the many innovations that are on the way." Enough said. Microsoft is once again paving the way for the future.
  • Bill Gates is such a great guy, doing so many things for charity on a global scale. He's the most generous rich person. After all, no one finds happiness in being rich anyway.
  • That's right
  • Isn't he looking more and more like Stephen Hawking?
  • More happiness in giving than receiving :3
  • Absolutely my friend, you said it.
  • True.
  • So, never regret for buying MS products.Somehow some part of money you pay will be spent for charity. :)
  • He is tasting poo water now a days!! :) all for mother nature's resource preservation!
  • Yeah. Lets all hope for the best for Microsoft and from Microsoft :D
  • Respect
  • Yes, Bill Gates is a great example of someone who uses his money to help others. His true worth is thus way more than his money and other billionaires should aspire to be as giving as he is. Steve Jobs was of the opposite ilk and it worries me that he set the example he set and makes me resist buying Apple to this day. At least his wife is bucking the trend he set. Back to Bill, he has shown that the true measure of a wealthy man is not how much he is worth, but rather how many he helps with his worth.
  • Well Said! Amen!
  • I wonder how many people would have polio if it wasn't for him.
  • Happy anniversary Microsoft!!
  • Congratulations to 40 years of true innovation!
  • I love Bill Gates and MS
  • Happy 40th anniversary MS.. We promise to keep using windows and never go for droid or iOS but please bring more and unique features to windows so that I can make my friends jealous(its the other way around atm lol) with my windows device!!
  • Lol as long as we have "resuming" we have nothing that we can make our jealous of
  • Why is waiting a extra second to you guys a big deal I can tell that you were born after dial-up and are use to brodband becouse you talk about waiting that was a reson to bitch
  • Making ppl jealous is bad habit. Try to be a nice guy.
  • Really? Your main reason for owning a phone is to make people jealous?
  • He would have an iPhone or Android if that was his main reason...
    Do you know how to read?
  • Oh man what I mean to say is.. They should feel like "I should also own a windows device like him instead of this droid/ios" now you get it?
  • Come save WP :'(
  • And Windows 10!
    Actually don't. Just keep on saving the world, Bill.
  • Save from being open sourced into a Linux mess.
  • Lol❗ Come save WP.....
    .......
    I wish BG would've asked MS to release the TP for my 1520, already..
  • He probably has an iPhone and iPad.
    I can't see him with a Nokia or an Asus tablet.
  • Or even worse, a S6 edge
  • Oh just take my money and give me Hololens already...
  • Tbh the hololens looks like something out of back to the future 2... Kind of ridiculous, I wouldn't wear it outside my house lol
  • Good thing it isn't meant to be worn out and about.
  • Amazed how fast internal emails get leaked
  • John asked another Microsoft guy for the whole email and his response was  "it is cropped for a reason" aka, I am not giving you the email. John, in his determination, found another source. :)
  • The twitter post is gone now!
  • Hapy anniversary Ms and so on this great day we request you to rollout the windows 10 tp for phones ...and we promise that we will always support you only if you satisfies our need as you did it till now .....
  • Any company will have to satisfy the needs of the society "constructively" inorder to survive in long run ;)
  • Looking forward to seeing what the future innovations are that he mentions.
  • 40 years!! WoW! It looks like Microsoft came yesterday and changed the World! Happy 40th Anniversary :)
  • HBD MS
  • Happy 40th anniversary to the best of the very best :)
  • Happy 40th birthday microsoft hope u make more apps for WP
  • Happy anniversary MS but don't give away Cortana to other platforms
  • Happy 40th birthday Microsoft. Looking forward to the future.
  • Co-founder of MS? I thought he was the Founder Of MS :\ my bad! Anyways Happy 40th Anniversary MS :)
  • Paul Allen founded Microsoft with Bill Gates :)
  • Ohh yeah! Great Guy :D
  • Happy Birthday, Microsoft!!!
  • Hbm
  • Happy birthday Microsoft!!!!!!!%₹₹₹₹₹₹
  • I really live MS and bill gates..
    World needs heroes like him..
    And I know that Steve jobs and bill gates were good friends...
    World need heroes like them...
  • That's The Big Boss
  • All billionaires should be more like Gates. He is a good guy. Happy anniversary MS.
  • I love that guy!
  • In this pic he combed his hair properly for the first time I guess. LOL otherwise he looks like always chilled out personality.
  • My man!
  • This is a great day for IT world. Where apple and BlackBerry were just on trees and sceoogle were just scroogling the fruits.
  • Off topic: Vine just got updated!
  • Off topic: Take a look at this windows phone design concept and uservoice https://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/suggestions/7438894-beautiful-stand-out-os-design-concept
  • Bill Gates is my Idol
  • maybe tomorrow they release windows 10 for more mobiles (I hope :D)
  • Happy Anniversary!!! Been a hell of a ride, but I can't complain...
  • Wow, four decades!
  • Cheers MS! A toast to another 40 years!!!
  • Happy anniversary Microsoft!
  • It's kinda apt that Microsoft launches it's most ambitious, game-changing and future-minded product lines in its 40th year. Happy Anniversary Microsoft! The future is yours for the taking!
  • All hail the fearless leader!
  • 40th year.Happy anniversary Microsoft and..good LUMIA PRODUCTION I have happy
  • Happy anniversary, MS!!! What a milestone in computer history! Thanks for everything you done!
  • Happy Anniversary, Microsoft! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You speak as if you are true ms fan but use a damn android phone no true MS fan would use a inferior android don't give me that app gap shit everyone else does that's just there way to feel better about stabing a company that's been helping people for 40 years in the back and supporting a company that are bullies and don't give a shit for there own customers. I mean if you don't use a OS they want you to then yoi can't use there services I don't matter that you been there loyal customer for years no fu you didn't buy a android so you no longer matter to them Microsoft I different they Care about the customers and leta them use witchever os the want and still use there services so go support the bully I will always hate google with a pasion
  • Congrats on the Internet asshat award today. 
  • Happy Birthday Microsoft!!!
  • Amazing company...congratulations MS
  • Happy 40th Birthday Microsoft!!!
  • Happy Anniversary :)
  • Microsoft, forever
  • ... the greatest and the latest. Happy 40 anniversary Microsoft.
  • Happy Anniversary Microsoft n Team
  • Happy NNIVERSARY MICROSOFT
  • My favorite guy!
  • Ha and its the day I got an iphone
  • Sounds like there's going to be a kickass party somewhere thrown by Microsoft. Party on for a another forty years Microsoft. You ask rock!
  • Happy Anniversary Microsoft!
  • Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday Microsoft, Happy birthday to us.  
  • Happy birthday ms
  • Happy Anniversary Microsoft and Bill Gates. Cheers to the next 40 years :)
  • Happy Birthday Microsoft, and thanks for all the years of making a living.  
  • He's high af
  • Yay!