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Iconic staff portrait from Microsoft's early days, Albuquerque, December 7, 1978.
Top row: Steve Wood (left), Bob Wallace, Jim Lane
Middle row: Bob O'Rear, Bob Greenberg, Marc McDonald, Gordon Letwin
Bottom row: Bill Gates, Andrea Lewis, Marla Wood, Paul Allen
Not pictured: Ric Weiland[a] and Miriam Lubow[b]


From Microsoft's official site:


December 7, 1978


Picture taken at Royal Frontier Studios, Albuquerque. Copyright Microsoft, who distributes the image in some press releases.

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Fair use rationale for History of Microsoft[edit]

Non-free media information and use rationale for History of Microsoft

This iconic and widely recognized (within the industry) historic image shows that the members of Microsoft, contrary to most other contemporary business organizations, allowed non-business attire and attitudes. It also shows these people together in a pivotal time in their lives and the history of the company.


From Microsoft's official site:


History of Microsoft

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The image is no larger than the necessary to recognize the historic lineup.

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To illustrate discussions about this famous image in articles or sections about Microsoft's history and origins; or to show the individuals involved in this part of their lives, if necessary .


If this image is used merely to show what an individual in the lineup looks like, it can be replaced by a contemporary free image of the person. If this image is used to show staffing at Microsoft without regard to era, it can be replaced by a current staffing photograph (or combined photos of individuals). But if this iconic image is used to discuss the image itself, no new alternative can replace it. In addition, if this image is clearly being used only to discuss this pivotal event (as discussed in the article) of a person's life, it cannot be replaced.

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  1. ^ Programmer, house hunting in Seattle
  2. ^ Receptionist, out due to snowstorm

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current06:00, 1 July 2017Thumbnail for version as of 06:00, 1 July 2017365 × 273 (25 KB)DatBot (talk | contribs)Reduce size of non-free image (BOT - disable)
23:57, 31 March 2014No thumbnail572 × 429 (120 KB)WinTakeAll (talk | contribs)New low resolution version without the heavy compression and noise reduction artifacts. Sourced from high-resolution scan at, cropped passepartout-covered-non-UV-bleached edges, s...
03:16, 3 August 2006No thumbnail433 × 341 (154 KB)Zarex (talk | contribs)Same as below. Reduced the noise.
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