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MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN WILLIAM GATES WINS PRICE WATERHOUSE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- William Gates, III, chairman and co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, is the 1993 recipient of the Price Waterhouse Information Technology Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement. Gates is being honored for expanding the frontiers of software technology for betterment of mankind. The prestigious award will be presented to Gates at the 5th Annual Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 1993.
 The introduction of the MS-DOS operating system in 1981 triggered a profound, decade-long growth if the desktop computer market. Over 20 million MS-DOS-based personal computers are sold worldwide every year. The success of MS-DOS, and more recently Microsoft Windows, has helped foster a large independent software market with revenues exceeding $39 billion on 1991, according to the Business Software Alliance. Founded by Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, Microsoft was built on their version of "A computer on every desk and in every home" and has continually set industry standards in systems, applications and language development for the desktop computing field, with such familiar names as Microsoft Excel, Word and Visual Basic. Gates' rare combination of industry vision, technical acumen, business management skills and commitment to customer service has won wide respect for both himself and Microsoft in the industry and from the public.
 In being chosen to receive the Price Waterhouse Lifetime Achievement Award, Gates joins an illustrious line of information technology giants such as H. Ross Perot, founder of EDS, Thomas Watson, Jr., chairman emeritus of IBM, and the late Robert Noyce, co-developer of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Fairchild and Intel. His accomplishments in formation technology will be memorialized in the "Information Age" permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, which has already been viewed by more than 3 million visitors.
 Sponsored annually since 1991 by one of the world's largest business and technology consulting firms, the Price Waterhouse Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who, over a lifetime and against great odds, has made an outstanding contribution to society through the use of information technology.
 Established in 1989, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards program was created to honor those men and women who are using information technology across a broad range of fields to make the world a more humane, healthy and cooperative place to live. The program attracts hundreds of nominations from around the world each year in 10 categories encompassing industry, government academia, the arts and sciences and the community. The category winners will be announced on June 7 at the Awards Dinner.
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 /CONTACT: Ralph Gonzalez of Price Waterhouse (RMI), 201-261-7000; or Marty Taucher of Microsoft, 206-882-8080; or Priscilla O'Reilly of Cudaback Strategic Communications, 617-661-6330 for Price Waterhouse/


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