Cutler’s arrival at Microsoft triggered an exodus of his most trusted colleagues from Digital. He didn’t raid his former employer but was simply the beneficiary of the loyalty felt by people who viewed him as a high-tech Moses. Within a week, Microsoft hired seven of the top code writers from Cutler’s old lab.
Everyone on the core team had worked under Cutler for years. All were men, and only one was younger than thirty, making the group far older than the average at Microsoft. On their first day Microsoft’s personnel staff gathered the newcomers together for a perfunctory review of company policy and practices. A film recounted Microsoft’s rise. It included sentimental interviews with Gates and his mother, Mary, which “was okay ...