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Top 10 Microsoft Moments

As the middle child and only son of Seattle lawyer William H. Gates Sr. and Mary Gates, a board member of the United Way, William Gates III became the co-founder of Microsoft, one of the richest men in the world and the purveyor of the operating system Windows, which was released 25 years ago on November 10, 1983.

At the turn of the century, Microsoft and Bill Gates realized that the company really, really wanted a piece of the video game market. Gates built buzz for the Xbox for over a year before unveiling the console at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2001. By the holiday shopping season, gamers all over America wanted them, launching a three-way battle for video-game dominance between the Xbox, Sony's PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo GameCube.

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