For Microsoft's 40th Anniversary, Bill Gates Pens Inspirational Letter to Employees

The tech giant celebrates four decades in existence today.

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Bill Gates didn't become the world's wealthiest person by chance. He co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen and helped build the company into the tech giant it is today, having developed powerhouse products like Windows and the Xbox.

Today is Microsoft's 40th anniversary. It's quite a milestone.

To commemorate the special day, Gates sent a note to Microsoft's entire staff on Friday. It inevitably was leaked online.

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In the note, Gates looked to the company's future under CEO Satya Nadella. "We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more," he wrote.

For Microsoft employees, the letter surely is inspirational. Here's the copy from the letter via Venture Beat:

Tomorrow is a special day: Microsoft's 40th anniversary.

Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible. It is amazing to think about how far computing has come since then, and we can all be proud of the role Microsoft played in that revolution.

Today though, I am thinking much more about Microsoft's future than its past. I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive. We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more.

Under Satya's leadership, Microsoft is better positioned than ever to lead these advances. We have the resources and drive to solve tough problems. We are engaged in every facet of modern computing and have the deepest commitment to research in the industry. In my role as technical advisor to Satya, I get to join product reviews and am impressed by the vision and talent I see. The result is evident in products like Cortana, Skype Translator, and HoloLens — and those are just a few of the many innovations that are on the way.

In the coming years, Microsoft has the opportunity to reach even more people and organizations around the world. Technology is still out of reach for many people, because it is complex or expensive, or they simply do not have access. So I hope you will think about what you can do to make the power of technology accessible to everyone, to connect people to each other, and make personal computing available everywhere even as the very notion of what a PC delivers makes its way into all devices.

We have accomplished a lot together during our first 40 years and empowered countless businesses and people to realize their full potential. But what matters most now is what we do next. Thank you for helping make Microsoft a fantastic company now and for decades to come.

Related: Microsoft Is Planning to Phase Out Internet Explorer

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