Simonyi, Charles Pioneers History

Charles Simonyi is a Hungarian born (10 September 1948) programmer and software developer, and Cold War refugee. In 1972, he joined Xerox PARC and worked with Butler Lampson to create the first WYSIWYG word processor, called Bravo. In 1981, he moved to Microsoft, became head of the application software group, and managed creation of its flagship office programs: Word, Multiplan, and Excel. In 2002, he left Microsoft to found a firm to create and promote a breakthrough programming methodology: Intentional Programming. In 2007, he will become the fifth space tourist.

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