The Road Ahead - Bill Gates

The Road Ahead - Bill Gates


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, 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.


Gates received a $2.5 million advance for his book and money from subsidiary rights sales;all his proceeds were donated to "encourage the use of technology in education administered through the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education," a foundation created by the National Education Association


he hardback edition saw the Internet as one of the "important precursors of the information highway...suggestive of future" (p. 89); he noted that the "popularity of the Internet is the most important single development in the world of computing since the IBM PC was introduced in 1981" (p. 91) but "today's Internet is not the information highway I imagine, although you can think of it as the beginning of the highway", the information highway he envisioned would be as different from the Internet as the Oregon Trail was to Interstate 84.(p. 95)


Both editions came with a CD-ROM that contained the text of the book and supplemental information. The hardback was published by Viking, and the paperback by Penguin, an affiliate of Viking. Numerous publishers around the world produced translated versions of the book, which was particularly popular among university students in China.


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