12 Ways the World Would Be Different Without Bill Gates

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The development of smartphones and apps may have taken longer

When Gates developed a unified system in the 1980s—which allowed software to be created and distributed at a much faster rate—he unknowingly helped pave the way for smartphones, according to Steven Fruchter, CEO of GrowthMed, Inc.

“Most people know how when the iPhone and Android came out, how fast everything happened and how many applications were made for them because it was easy for developers to create an application and then have it run on hundreds of different devices,” Fruchter says.

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