Neil Konzen

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Neil Konzen was one of Microsoft's earliest employees. He was the systems programmer of Microsoft's Macintosh programs projects,[1] including MultiPlan and Word for the Mac in 1984. He was later tasked with leading the team that created the second version of Windows at Microsoft, after the failure of the original version.[1]

Konzen is also known for creating, with Bill Gates, the DONKEY.BAS game for the IBM PC.[2][3]

Not working for Microsoft, but still in Washington, he currently resides in Bellevue, Washington and lives with his wife, Laura, and his sons Sam and Tom.


  1. ^ a b Andy Hertzfeld (2004). "A Rich Neighbor Named Xerox". Retrieved 2006-09-16.
  2. ^ Andy Hertzfeld (2004). "Donkey". Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2006-09-16.
  3. ^ Gates, Bill. "Bill Gates Interview". Computer History Collection (Transcript). Interviewed by David Allison. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved April 10, 2013.