Microsoft’s 4 Decades of Service: What’s New to Expect
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Giant Software maker Microsoft celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 4 2015. Founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, the company was launched initially to sell the Altair BASIC interpreter that was used on the MITS Altair 8800 personal computer. Today, the company has over 1, 00,000 employees working on different products and having services at every corners of the globe.
(Bill Gates and Paul Allen 1981, Image by CyberHades, www.flickr.com)
Here is the letter Bill Gates sent to the employees talking about the future vision of the company.
"Tomorrow is a special day: Microsoft's 40th anniversary.
Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible. It is amazing to think about how far computing has come since then, and we can all be proud of the role Microsoft played in that revolution.
Today, though, I am thinking much more about Microsoft's future than its past. 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.
Under Satya's leadership, Microsoft is better positioned than ever to lead these advances. We have the resources to drive and 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.
In the coming years, Microsoft has the opportunity to reach even more people and organizations around the world. Technology is still out of reach for many people, because it is complex or expensive, or they simply do not have access. So I hope you will think about what you can do to make the power of technology accessible to everyone, to connect people to each other, and make personal computing available everywhere even as the very notion of what a PC delivers makes its way into all devices.
We have accomplished a lot together during our first 40 years and empowered countless businesses and people to realize their full potential. But what matters most now is what we do next. Thank you for helping make Microsoft a fantastic company now and for decades to come."
The Future: Cortana, Skype Translator, and HoloLens
Microsoft is looking to extend its field reaching more people and covering every need of people. The company will be working to extend the technology some of the work are Cortana, Skype Translator, and HoloLens.
(Nokia Lumia 635 Cortana, Image by Bhupinder Nayyar, www.flickr.com cortana)
Cortana is the personal assistance that the Microsoft developed for Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft Band, and Windows 10.
(Skype translator, Image by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne, www.flickr.com)
Skype Translator has been operating as a division of Microsoft since 2011 and is a speech to speech translation application developed by Skype.
(Halolens, Image by Microsoft Sweden, www.flickr.com)
HoloLens is a device for Windows Holographic and it is a smart glasses unit that is a cordless, self-contained Windows 10 computer.