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Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has died

He died at 65 after several complications caused by a non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft has died at age 65 from a non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Allen founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they started selling a BASIC interpreter, but shortly after the company would be deeply transformed when they bought an operating system called QDOS for $ 50,000, decision and negotiation in which he was part decisive.

With an operating system under their arm they were able to fulfill the contract to supply an operating system for PCs to IBM with a clause that did not require them to maintain exclusivity with the company, allowing it to be sold to others. This was the germ that made Microsoft one of the largest technology companies in the world and that gave them absolute dominance in the 90s and the first years of the 21st century before smartphones appeared.

Paul Allen was forced to leave Microsoft in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, which he surpassed thanks to a bone marrow transplant.

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