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The Harvard dropout who founded Microsoft based on his vision of a personal computer in every home and on every desk offers a clearly written, accessible book which describes how the tools of the future will change the way we make choices about everything, from what we buy to how we choose our friends to how we protect our families in an increasingly complicated world. Inc ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published November 21st 1995 by Viking Books
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Road Ahead, Bill Gates

The Road Ahead is a book written by Bill Gates, co-founder and then-CEO of the Microsoft software company, together with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold and journalist Peter Rinearson. Published in November 1995, then substantially revised about a year later, The Road Ahead summarized the implications of the personal computing revolution and described a future profoundly changed by the arrival of a global information superhighway.

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Saeed Almazrouei
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is about The Road Ahead and it tells us new ideas and new ways of doing things. For more than 500 years people have used paper to hold ideas and information. There will still be paper in the future, but there will also be other new ways. As the book says the computer has already changed our lives. Also the computer offers faster communications. Computers are used for many things like part of business work for markets and money, Also it is used for education. It is a beginning for new t ...more
Mark Oppenlander
Written in 1995, "The Road Ahead" was Microsoft founder Bill Gates' attempt to describe for people what the much hyped "information superhighway" might look like. Building from his own knowledge of what had happened already, what was possible and what was in the pipeline, Gates first explains how we got to where we were in 1995 (e.g. the rise of the PC, the beginnings of the internet) and then explains what the next steps are likely to be in terms of connectivity, new wired devices and a variety ...more
Uli Kunkel
Oct 21, 2019 added it
Shelves: computers
One-liner: Read it. 4.5 stars
Tasshin Fogleman
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this only a few years after it came out, as a little boy. It really stretched my mind and forced me to start thinking about the future.
Kavitha Sivakumar
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: usa
Too technical and some part of the book went above my head. Don't know whether he could have dumb down...

Other than that, the book is very inspiring and I learned a lot. He talk about the evolution of computer from the business stand point of view.

But comparatively Melinda Gates book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World is mind blowing. So this book got 4 stars.

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Johnny Galt
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Written in 1995. I read it in 2013 and most of it is still relevant. It is relevant because Bill Gates was on on the forefront of computers back then and could see the many directions and ways computers would affect us in the future. This book is fascinating and also amusing in ways which the internet and technology did not go the way he predicted. A solid book. It is a keeper for me and I will probably read it again in a few years.
Ron
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Read this shortly after publication. An infomecial for Microsoft projects.

Overcome by history.
Abchandran
I read it in 1996 and most of it is still relevant only because Bill Gates was on on the forefront of computers back then and could see the many directions and ways computers would affect us in the future. This book ofcourse is fascinating and amusing in a way now, just because the way he predicted the internet and the technology did not go in his way. A solid book.
Javi
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bill Gates’ “The Road Ahead” is non-fiction publication in which Gates writes about how we are on the brink of a complete cultural and technological revolution. He outlines major technological innovations of the past that have led to this and how we are being affected by it right now. He also shares his own theories regarding the innovations of the future and how they will affect the average American household. This book was written in 1995, a time in which Microsoft was still a developing compa ...more
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"...finding a job will be easier if you have embraced the computer as a tool." ~ Bill Gates, The Road Ahead, p. 258

I found this book like reading the prophets of the old testament and Bill Gates is the prophet and the things he is saying are predicting what will happen in the future of the technological highway.

Because this book was written in 1995, you begin to see that Bill Gates was not too far off from the mark. I believe that is why Microsoft has had tremendous success...that being the lead
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Hamad
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Admirable !
Loved how many of those predictions he made about future of computer has come true !

I needed an inpiration for programming and this did the trick !

Also provided quite useful business tactics !
ali
Feb 19, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: i see thi book on the net
Shelves: aboutmywork
i learn i could get evrything from life that i want .but bill gates never learn to respect to other brain.
مروان المريسي
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i learned that Bill Gates was a great man !
and.. Microsoft was a wanderful company, but it gone!
welcome to google and googling
Arielle Dane
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘The Road Ahead’ written by Bill Gates with the collaboration of Nathan Myhrvold and Peter Rinearson had surely kept its promise that it would clear up the ‘seemingly endless hype about the information highway’ which is proudly stated on the book’s synopsis. Published by the Viking Penguin in 1995, the book had vividly shown the situation that the people encountered about the rising age of technology over that time. Funny enough, those individuals who have read the hardback right after it was re ...more
Drew Baird
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid book. Since I was an MSFT employee from 1995-2002, I had a ringside seat. Now it is a history book! Fundamentally correct Bill made two mistakes. He lagged behind on the phone, not the Pocket PC as the tool of the future. While on one hand, he was wrong but he was right too. The phone morphed into the Pocket PC. Another choice was Bill's decision to do an email app after the fact. Both decisions probably cost MSFT billions. Just my opinion...

He and Paul are the men that put a PC on every
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Jen
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I doubted myself for a second: why am I reading someone’s prediction 30 years ago?! Now I am very impressed by how accurate those predictions are as we are living in them. You can see Bill’s concepts turning into internet giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and more to come! We are living in an amazing world and on the way to a fabulous future.
Jason Iyasara
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating!
Evan Pappas
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing time capsule book, I bought a used copy that had notes from a professor that read through it in 1997. AMAZING to see their thoughts on things like streaming video.
Senthil Kumaran
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had found this book very inspiring. I liked the vision Bill gates shares in this one, namely "A computer running Microsoft Windows on everyones desk". This book, I believe, from the early days of Microsoft and had really thought on future world with ubiquitous computing. I liked to so much that I inherited some of his thoughts on future home design and tried it at my house while building (wherein there would be phone on all rooms and only phone near the person would ring (this was before cell ...more
Chirag Gupta
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A 1995 book being read in 2014. His idea and vision of information highway is way too awesome. He has already described what Google has been up to for past few years. Too bad, Microsoft couldnt catch up even though Bill Gates had the vision. As for the book, a good read. :)
Wayne
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Bill Gates and Paul Allen understood the potential of developing an information highway long before most entrepreneurs gained a similar vision. Most successful business start ups begin with an idea and require subject knowledge, patience, market timing and luck. Bill's and Paul's development of the DOS operating system was timely and vital to IBM's successful launch of an interactive computer system. Gates and Allen focused on software. IBM limited focus on developing hardware. It was fortuitous ...more
Erik
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being written in 1995, this book precedes a heck of a lot of present day computer/internet world but is able to describe a future in a way that made it sound not so far fetched (and actually pretty representative for what we have for today). And with coming from that era, multimedia was a hot topic so with an interactive CD-ROM accompanying this book was a peak mid-90s computer thing to do.

A major buzz word back in 1995 was the "Information Superhighway" (I remember). This phrase is practically
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Joe Michalak
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
This was the last of the books that I read from my professor's "Corporate Governance Reading List" - and it was a great one to finish with. I will break the review into 3 parts.

Part 1 is the Corporate Governance aspect. You obviously don't start a company like Microsoft (and manage to stay the CEO from startup to behemoth) without not only extraordinary vision, but also keen business discipline. In the case of The Road Ahead, both are on display. Gates makes profound guesses about how computers
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Sebastian Lopez
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bill, an amazing visionary who accurately predicted many technology innovations that exist in the present world (2019). This book taught me from the history of computers, to how they worked and how they developed. Technological influence was predicted to take over people’s lives and indeed it happened. The “Wallet PC” became the phone nowadays, in 1996, they didn’t know the mobile phone would go that far. So, as you can see, reading about these technological predictions come true is interesting, ...more
Arshad KT
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you haven't read one of the several biographies of Gates, you might find some of the personal tidbits he has included mildly amusing. Gates says he recognized the real power of computers, for example, when he wrote a scheduling program for his school that put him in a class with mostly girls.
At age 8, he started to read a set of encyclopedias, finally stopping when he reached the Ps. He talks of virtual dating in which he watches the same film as a girlfriend living in another city and discus
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Salah DADDI NOUNOU
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book a bit funny, 'cause as it has more than 20 years, the information that it provides are so familiar for us nowadays, Bill Gates tried to explain in a very simple way how the computers would look like, his predictions were so precise as he had a very clear plan for the future! he speaks about the features the internet will bring with, like the electronic mail, the communication with voice and picture instantly, why we are not gonna miss our favorite TV show, and so on..

But he emp
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Christian Ray
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
(1995 version) Gates's surprisingly prescient predictions from 1995. It bogs down a little in the middle, where he painstakingly describes his imagined gadgets of the near future, where his vision of a complete internet is made. He has a higher emphasis than he would today on capitalistic deregulation (it was the deregulation-mad nineties) and, of course, his classic and unpopular opinions on what wasn't quite yet known as DRM. The best parts are his view on the recent history of PCs at the star ...more
Abhinav Bhardwaj
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My brother had given me this book 7 years ago. I tried several times and failed. But after developing bit of reading aptitude I tried it and finished off successful. in these 7 years I have also become an entrepreneur and now when I turned it's last page, I feel so foolish for not reading it. I would have taken more intelligent steps. must read for technology related entrepreneur. it is not biography but vision of Mr. Gates which is a realty in today with Google, Facebook, Twitter and many Inter ...more
Captain Pixel
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, american, great
I find it extremely funny when Bill Gates criticizes IBM for applying 'mainframe business' mindset during the dawn of PC only for Microsoft to stubbornly trying to miniaturize 'personal computer running Windows' into wallet-sized form-factor during the inception of the smartphone.

NOTE: I have chosen the original 1995 release, to see what had Bill Gates in mind when the book became first available. There was a substantial revision released a year later - AFAIK quite a lot of things were changed i
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