loss in 1993. IBM had a similarly aggressive management style under the reigns
of Thomas J. Watson Sr. and Thomas J. Watson Jr. Just as it would have been
impossible to predict the future of IBM in 1975, it is impossible to predict what the
future will hold for Microsoft.
James Wallace and
Jim Erickson, Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the
Microsoft Empire ( New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1992), p. 23. See this book for more
information on Gates's early experiences.
There seem to be some contradictions in the recording of the next two events. Wallace and
Erickson, Hard Drive, p. 46, say that Gates and Evans were asked to work on
the school's computerized class schedule in May of 1972 and that Evans was killed on May
28. Gates then asked Allen to help him over the summer of 1972 with the program after Allen returned from college. In Daniel Ichbiah and
Susan L. Knepper, The Making of
Microsoft: How Bill Gates and His Team Created the World's Most Successful Software
Company (Rocklin, CA: Prima, 1993), pp. 9-10, the authors state that the scheduling
program was written in the summer of 1971, right after Allen graduated. They also report
the death of Kent Evans as occurring in 1971.
Knepper, Making of Microsoft, p. 12.
Erickson, Hard Drive, p. 60.
Michael A. Cusumano and
Richard W. Selby, Microsoft Secrets ( New York: Free
Press, 1995), p. 5.
Paul Carroll, Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM ( New York: Crown Trade
Paperbacks, 1993), p. 18.
Knepper, Making of Microsoft, p. 74.
The $75,000 figure is stated in both Cusumano and
Selby, Secrets, p. 137, and in Charles H. Ferguson and
Charles R. Morris, Computer Wars ( New York: Random House, 1993), pp. 66-67. Ichbiah and
Knepper, Making of Microsoft, p. 76, state "the exact amount
is not clear, but indications are that Microsoft paid less than $100,000 for QDOS."
It is suggested by Ferguson and
Morris, Wars, p. 71, that the reason for IBM not
insisting on the rights to the source code was due to the rush of getting the IBM PC out the
door and the pending antitrust suit which made IBM weary of appearing to take unfair
advantage of a small supplier. Also, see Chapter 8 on IBM in this book for more discussion
on this topic.
Knepper, Making of Microsoft, p. 93.
Selby, Secrets, pp. 159-160.
F. M. Scherer, Industry Structure, Strategy, and Public Policy ( New York: HarperCollins, 1996), p. 276.
Knepper, Making of Microsoft, p. 190.
Selby, Secrets, p. 161.
Carroll, Big Blues, pp. 191-196.
Selby, Secrets, p. 152.
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