Did Bill Gates Steal the Heart of DOS?

The mystery of the rumored theft of CP/M by a little company called Microsoft can finally be investigated—using software forensic tools


Editor’s Note: Upon publication, this article failed to properly disclose the connection between its author, Bob Zeidman, and Microsoft Corp., a key subject of the story. Mr. Zeidman is currently retained by Microsoft as an expert witness in Motorola Mobility v. Microsoft. IEEE Spectrum regrets the omission.

The history of the computer industry is filled with fascinating tales of riches that appear to practically fall from the sky.

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