Tech blog Gizmodo's recent "Gizmodo '79" series of posts, which took a look at the state of the computer industry thirty years ago, seems to have put Bill Gates in a nostalgic mood.
The series inspired the Microsoft founder and head of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to give blogging a try himself. He submitted his own brief post, looking back on Microsoft's days as a fledgling startup, reportedly without prompting from Gizmodo's staff.
Gates notes that 1979 was in fact an important year for Microsoft, one in which the company moved its headquarters from New Mexico to outside of Seattle, doubled its employees, and won what was at the time a prestigious award given to the handful of computer applications that had grossed more than $1 million.
"Today, I would be surprised if the number of million-dollar applications isn't in the millions itself," Gates wrote.
More important, of course, is the fact that more than a billion people around the world use computers and digital technology as an integral part of their day-to-day lives. That's something that really started to take shape in 1979.