Translating Adventures with Microsoft
When Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975, they could not have known that they had just taken the first step in a historic computing journey that would change the world. At the time, Bill Gates had dropped out of Harvard University and was just a wide-eyed twenty year old young man with a deep passion for computing. Eighteen years later in 1993, when Gates was only thirty eight years old, he became the richest man in the world after guiding Microsoft to the very top of the computer age.
In this year when Bill Gates rose to the top of the world, I was also a wide-eyed twelve year old in the seventh year of my primary school. Seventeen years later in 2010, I following in the historic footsteps of Bill Gates when I translated the Microsoft Windows 7 from English to Swahili. It was a dream come true for me when I was given this enormous task of translating for such an amazing company. The dream soon turned to sleepless nights when my team and I burned the midnight oil for months, translating more than one million words!
When I finally completed this extraordinary translation work, I was left with one hundred reasons to smile ecstatically!