When Microsoft started up in a garage in California, its co-founders and first two employees were best friends – Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The two had been close friends throughout high school and shared the same passion for computers and programming (and thoroughly abusing the networks at nearby Washington State University). They grew apart after graduating and went to university in different states, but circumstances prompted Allen to drop out of university to work as a programmer at Honeywell. It was Allen who convinced Gates that they could run their own company selling software, and it was Allen who contributed the company name “Micro-Soft”.
Paul Allen passed away today, aged 65 years.