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How Microsoft Became MICROSOFT

11/22/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Unlike the other PC and software pioneers, however, Bill Gates was first and foremost a businessman. He saw clearly the need to get an inside track on the revolutionary growth by using his products to create a dominant strategy.

The second major cornerstone of Microsoft's early success came about five years later. IBM had developed its PC, and Gates had agreed to provide BASIC for the new computer. He also offered to provide an operating system.

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