12 Ways the World Would Be Different Without Bill Gates

A look at some of the billionaire businessman and philanthropist’s contributions, from technology to education to global health.


We’d be using a different word processing system

Microsoft Word has been around since 1983, and six years later, the first official version of Microsoft Office—which included Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—was released in 1989. Since then, these have been our main tools for creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

“Life without Bill Gates would be fundamentally different: we’d be living life without these programs,” says Jennifer R. Bowen, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at the College of Wooster. “What would professional and school life look like without these mainstays?”

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