Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died at the age of 65 due to complications from lymphoma. The pioneer of technology has been battling cancer for years, having been treated for 2009, but unfortunately the disease returned with metastases.
Microsoft's creators were Bill Gates. On his way to the company he lived through the enviable deal that would make Microsoft a tech giant. It led the company to acquire Tim Paterson's Quick and Dirty Operating System on 1980, thereby helping his company close a deal to supply PC-DOS to IBM's first computers. He was a regular employee until 1982, and then remained on the company's board until 2000. He has since held the position of Executive Director.
We read from wikipediaAccording to a legend (which has a real basis), the largest computer manufacturer of the time, IBM, decided to build and present to the general public a personal computer. An operating system was needed for this purpose. She naturally addressed Kildal and his company, but according to legend, Dorothy was ready for a trip to an exotic island with her husband, and they informed IBM that negotiations between them could only begin after from fifteen days. IBM, outraged by the behavior of the Kildals, turned to the company of Gates and Allen (then known as Micro-Soft) and asked for the development of operating system for its computer. The two partners, after feverish efforts, hand over to IBM the operating system, which the company named PC-DOS. The success of the IBM PC was enormous and, of course, this gave a huge boost to Microsoft, which, having the precedent of the exclusive sale of BASIC to MITS, took care to retain the rights of DOS, not assigning exclusivity to IBM. Thus, when the "clones" of the IBM PC appeared, Microsoft was able to supply manufacturers with an operating system (with some differences from those of PC-DOS), which it named MS-DOS (acronym for MicroSoft Disk Operating System). ). This action put the company on a leap of rapid growth, which has never been interrupted.
He was an inventor of 43 US patents under his name and was one of the most important investors in the world of technology. He individually supported Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne, founded the Stratolaunch Systems Space Corporation and launched Viulcan Aerospace to make space travel more accessible. It has shares in Charter and Ticketmaster as well as numerous start-up companies.
It has also expanded far beyond the normal technological sphere. He founded the Allen Institutes for Artificial Intelligence, Brain Science and Cell Science to Promote Information Technology and Medicine and the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group for cutting-edge biotechnology. He has supported initiatives on the environment and against the ebola virus.
It is too early to say that Allen's death will affect his many organizations. There is no doubt that they will continue to function for a long time. And as said Steve Ballmer in a tribute, Allen was a "wonderful, bright and inspiring person." The technological world will be poorer without it.