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The Road Ahead

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,217 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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 (first published January 1st 1995)
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
در میدان هاروارد با دوستم پل آلن ایستاده بودیم، توضیح مربوط به یک کیت کامپیوتر را در مجله ی پاپیولار الکترونیکس میخواندیم، من و پل نمیدانستیم این ابزار چگونه به کار خواهد رفت، اما مطمئن بودیم دنیای کامپیوتر را تغییر خواهد داد. از متن کتاب با اصلاح
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
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.
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.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Read this shortly after publication. An infomecial for Microsoft projects.

Overcome by history.
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
Bassel Damra
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
بالبداية يذكر لنا بيل غيتس بايجاز بدايات شركة مايكروسوفت و كيف بدأت في سوق الأعمال ثم يأخد الكتاب منحى تقني فيشير بيل غيتس الى تنبؤاته بما يخص تكنولوجيا المستقبل (التي نعيشها نحن الان) .
لم أكمل الكتاب , لم أر َ أي فائدة في أن أكمل كتاب صدر قبل 20 عاما يتحدث عن تكنولوجيا اصبحت ارثا من الماضي .
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
في البداية كان الكتاب جميلاً. يحكي فيه بيل غيتس عن حياته وكيف تحدى الصعاب لتكون مايكروسوفت ما هي عليه الآن. لكن في النهاية بدأ يتحدث عن مسائل متخصصة جدا في التكنلوجيا وتفاصيل لم تكن تهمني على الإطلاق.
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 !
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
Oyema Iyasara
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Little Billy rules the world. Keineswegs ganz und gar unsympathischer Knabe. Mit Ideen. Aber sind die auch interessant. Soll ich jedesmal 30 Pfennig zahlen, wenn ich ein Beatles-Stück höre oder mir ein Bild ansehe?
[old review, of course] 5/10
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. :)
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Лет двадцать назад, когда виндоусы в окружающей меня компьютерной среде было принято называть "мастдаями", а Билл Гейтс был частым объектом хейта, я тихонько шел против мейнстрима и относился к дяде Биллу с большим уважением, ибо продукты мелкомягких радовали и тогда, и продолжают радовать по сей день (не считая того, что они сделали со скайпом).

По-моему, в какой-то компьютерре вычитал о его книге "Дорога в будущее" и добавил в обязательные к прочтению. Но в 98-м году редкие книги еще нельзя был
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
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
Anh Tuấn
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mình kỳ vọng hơi nhiều về cuốn này hay sao, mà khi đọc xong cảm giác hẫng hẫng.
Đây là cuốn Bill Gate viết về ông + khi bắt đầu Microsoft (chỉ một chút thôi) và các dự đoán của ông trong tương lai là nhiều, cơ mà các dự đoán đó đúng gần hết cho đến thời điểm này, tầm 80% luôn, sợ thật.
Khi đọc mình thấy Bill Gate có rất rất nhiều kiến thức tổng hợp, chứ không chỉ chuyên về phần mềm. Cuốn sách như 1 lời kể bình thường thôi, hết việc này xong đến việc kia. Ông đặc biệt chú tâm về giáo dục và các ứ
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
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been estimated 21 years after this book was published and Bill Gates'prediction in computing and communication is happening drastically. Hence, as a student in this field, I learned that we need to enhance our pace to move ahead of this rapidly changes. Don't be afraid to take risks since we still don't know our future. We need to keep learning, for in the future we'll not become obsolete in our careers.
Glenn Gray
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
While I have the advantage of 20 years of hindsight, I found this to be an interesting read of Bill Gates' prophetic view of the technology environment and his projection for how technology would impact the world we live in. Since I lived through that twenty year period employed by other key players in the tech world, it is easy for me to challenge certain of his visions, but, without question, a very enjoyable retrospective read.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this a number of years ago when it was published. Looking back on it now it is more of a history book than anything else. It is interesting to look where IT was heading at the time. Some aspects turned out completely incorrect and other aspects turned out to be accurate, but well before the technology could support it (i.e. Clippy being an embryonic Siri?).

As a snapshot of the times this would still be an interesting read, but I daresay of limited appeal
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bill Gates's thinking of 1995, indoubthly a technologic vissionary, so much of their predictions now be reallity. (27 years after) Although this book isn't a summary fo their enterprise ideas with Microsoft, I enjoyed every chapter because much of his ideas about the role of tecnology and communication for a better life actually be value.
Sogun Kwn
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yang Menarik adalah apa yang diramalkan oleh bill gates dalam buku ini benar-benar menjadi kenyataan, Internet tumbuh hanya dalam selang waktu beberapa tahun dan telah terjadi banyak sekali perubahan.
Daniel Freburg
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an enjoyable book.
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