Albuquerque, New Mexico: Historic Microsoft HeadquartersA plaque on a rock stands in front of the building where Paul Allen and Bill Gates got their start on April 4, 1975. The plaque has been stolen repeatedly.
- 115 California St. NE, Albuquerque, NM
- On the southwest corner of Linn Ave. NE and California St. NE. I-40 exit 162. Drive south on Louisiana Ave. around 1.5 miles, past the State Fairgrounds on the right. Turn right onto Central Ave. (old Route 66), then make the next right, past the Fairgrounds, onto California St. The rock and plaque will be one block north, on the left.
Visitor Tips and News About Historic Microsoft Headquarters
404 no more. The plaque is back! Shiny and new. Now we can all get back to hating Internet Explorer.[David Pike, 05/14/2013]
Update, Oct. 2013: stolen again!
The plaque is still missing, but someone wrote "Paul & Bill" in marker pen on the stone to act as a placeholder until the real replacement arrives.[Wm Breiland, 06/29/2012]
Microsoft needs to chisel their legacy into a boulder. For now perhaps it also calls for an impromptu shrine of candles on floppy disks?
Sadly, the Microsoft plaque is gone.[Callie M., 04/26/2012]
The plaque was stolen earlier in April; police are investigating. Paul Allen of Microsoft assures that if it doesn't turn up it will be replaced.
There is a Microsoft historical plaque and behind it the building that housed the start-up Microsoft Corporation. The photo was taken in November 2006, shortly after the plaque was erected. This shows just how humble Microsoft's beginnings really were![Wm Breiland, 07/21/2011]
The plaque that marks the location of Historic Microsoft Headquarters can be hard to see at first, but it's there... near the South-West corner of the intersection of California St. and Linn Ave.[Eric H. Carroll, 04/02/2010]