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magazine January 2010 (18.01) issue By Daniel Roth Just after midnight on August 24, 1995, a student named Jonathan Prentice walked into a bookshop in Auckland, New Zealand, pulled out 200 New Zealand dollars, and became the first owner of Windows 95.
He had lived in Gates’ shadow since March 1986, when Oracle, Ellison’s database- software company, had gone public just a day before Microsoft.
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Gates got attention for everything he did, but barely anyone knew Oracle. “There was peace in the Middle East and war in Bosnia the same week,” he later groused.
“And all that the major networks seemed to cover was people in parking lots waiting up all night to get their first copy of Windows 95.” His grudge wasn’t just about ego; Microsoft had already begun nosing around the database- software industry, and its mounting war chest meant that it could easily fund a push into Oracle’s territory.