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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"The Internet Tidal Wave"

Bill Gates
Internal Memo to Microsoft Executives (May 26, 1995)


The Internet is at the forefront of all of this and developments on the Internet over the next several years will set the course of our industry for a long time to come.

Perhaps you have already seen memos from me or others here about the importance of the Internet. I have gone through several stages of increasing my views of its importance.

Now I assign the Internet the highest level of importance. In this memo I want to make clear that our focus on the Internet is crucial to every part of our business.

The Internet is the most important single development to come along since the IBM PC was introduced in 1981. It is even more important than the arrival of the graphical user interface (GUI).

The PC analogy is apt for many reasons. The PC wasn't perfect. Aspects of the PC were arbitrary or even poor. However a phenomena grew up around the IBM PC that made it a key element of everything that would happen for the next 15 years.

Companies that tried to fight the PC standard often had good reasons for doing so but they failed because the phenomena overcame any weaknesses that resisters identified.

Read more at Letters of Note.


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