To Our Readers: Jan. 13, 1997

Traditional print media--magazines, newspapers, books--have used a lot of paper over the past two decades trying to chronicle the phenomenal rise of William Henry Gates III and his company, Microsoft. TIME alone has had Gates on its cover three times, first in 1984 and then again in 1995 and 1996, and our library tells me that his name has appeared in 114 issues since he founded Microsoft in 1976. It is not just that Gates has become the world's richest and most famous businessman. In building Microsoft, he has come to symbolize the software and computing industries. Now he intends to...

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