III IBM and the Creation of the PC
What to do about "toy computers" caused some rather heated discussions within IBM. In the end, IBM management selected "Dashing" Don Eldridge to create an IBM Personal Computer. They sent Don down to the Florida coast, where if the project failed, one swift kick would drop the project into the ocean.
Various rumors and stories about what happened between Gary Kindall and IBM abounded. The bottom line is that the two companies did not make a serious connection. IBM had Bill Gates sign a strict Non-Disclosure Agreement and asked him what he wanted to see in a microcomputer. Always ready with an opinion, Bill told them exactly what he wanted to see. After the misfire between IBM and DRI, and since Bill and company had previously sold IBM the computer language BASIC, it was a good opportunity to see if the Seattle company had an operating system.
Not one to miss an opportunity, Bill Gates answered with an affirmative. While Microsoft didn't actually have an operating system, a poker buddy named Tim Patterson did.
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