On this day in 1991, a 30-something year old Bill Gates was running Microsoft and had a personal net worth of over $3billion. What made 11th March 1991 a memorable day for the young entrepreneur was the announcement of the Ballpoint mouse, a new device to be used with laptop computers. This was a ground-breaking move from Microsoft at the time since laptops were the fastest growing part of the computer market. Before the ballpoint mouse, users of laptops would find it difficult to manoeuvre the screen as they didn’t have a convenient pointing device. The Microsoft Ballpoint would clip onto the side of the laptop and allow users to navigate the screen, which would make it easier to use the laptop whilst being on the move.
Bill Gates told Forbes Magazine, “When you spend your time thinking intensely about a field from a very young age, that’s when you can do great things because your mind has really got into it, you understand it”. Gates has been engrossed in the world of computers and technology since his early teens and has never stopped since. Since the release in of the Ballpoint mouse in 1991, Microsoft has continued to innovate and push the boundaries of convention.