直播视讯科技讯 10月18日消息,据国外媒体报道,微软联合创始人保罗・艾伦(Paul Allen)去世后,微软另一位联合创始人比尔・盖茨(Bill Gates)撰文追忆二人往昔。


保罗・艾伦(Paul Allen)是我最早结识的朋友之一,也是我的第一个商业伙伴。昨日不幸与世长辞。我向他的妹妹乔迪、他的家人,以及他在世界各地的众多朋友和同事表示哀悼。




事实上,如果没有保罗,微软永远不会出现。1974年12月,他和我都住在波士顿地区――他在工作,我在上大学。有一天他来接我,坚持要我和他一起去附近的报摊。我们到那儿以后,他拿给我看1月份的《大众电子》杂志封面。那是新推出的一款名为Altair 8800的新电脑,运行在一种功能强大的新型芯片之上。保罗看着我说:“这种事居然在没有我们的情况下发生了!”那一刻标志着我大学生涯的结束,也标志着我们新公司微软的开始。这一切都是因为保罗。


保罗比我更酷。他十几岁时很喜欢吉米・亨德里克斯(Jimi Hendrix,美国著名吉他手),我记得他还为我演奏过《Are You Experienced》。那时候我对一切都没有什么经验,而保罗想和我分享这美妙的音乐。他就是那种人。他热爱生活,热爱身边的人,大家都能看到这一点。





Paul Allen, one of my oldest friends and the first business partner I ever had, died yesterday. I want to extend my condolences to his sister, Jody; his extended family; and his many friends and colleagues around the world.

I met Paul when I was in seventh grade, and it changed my life.

I looked up to him right away. He was two years ahead of me in school, really tall, and proved to be a genius with computers. (Later, he also had a very cool beard, which I could never pull off.) We started hanging out together, especially once the first computer arrived at our school. We spent just about all our free time messing around with any computer we could get our hands on.

Paul foresaw that computers would change the world. Even in high school, before any of us knew what a personal computer was, he was predicting that computer chips would get superpowerful and would eventually give rise to a whole new industry. That insight of his was the cornerstone of everything we did together.

In fact, Microsoft would never have happened without Paul. In December 1974, he and I were both living in the Boston area―he was working, and I was going to college. One day he came and got me, insisting that I rush over to a nearby newsstand with him. When we arrived, he showed me the cover of the January issue of Popular Electronics. It featured a new computer called the Altair 8800, which ran on a powerful new chip. Paul looked at me and said, “This is happening without us!” That moment marked the end of my college career and the beginning of our new company, Microsoft. It happened because of Paul.

As the first person I ever partnered with, Paul set a standard that few other people could meet. He had a wide-ranging mind and a special talent for explaining complicated subjects in a simple way. Since I was lucky enough to know him from such a young age, I saw that before the rest of the world did. As a teenager, I was curious about (of all things) gasoline. What did refining even mean? I turned to the most knowledgeable person I knew. Paul explained it in a super-clear and interesting way. It was just one of many enlightening conversations we would have over the coming decades.

Paul was cooler than I was. He was really into Jimi Hendrix as a teenager, and I remember him playing Are You Experienced for me. I wasn’t experienced at much of anything back then, and Paul wanted to share this amazing music with me. That’s the kind of person he was. He loved life and the people around him, and it showed.

Sports was another passion that Paul loved to share with his friends. In later years he would take me to see his beloved Portland Trail Blazers and patiently helped me understand everything that was happening on the court.