Bob Frankston has been working with computers since 1963. The MIT graduate worked on the Multics projects as well as used the predecessor of the Internet beginning in 1969. Commercially he supported online services since 1966. In 1979 he went from the mainframe world to the PC industry and co-founded Software Arts with Dan Bricklin, where they implemented VisiCalc. He was with Lotus Development from 1986 to 1990 where he created Lotus Express (and started lotus.com). At Microsoft from 1993 to 1998 he championed "IP Everywhere" with phone wire networking being one result. He is now pursuing a number of projects, among them trying to explain the larger concepts of IP everywhere.
Articles on KurzweilAI.net that refer to Frankston, BobRethinking Operating Systems By Bob Frankston
Connectivity: What it is and why it is so important By Bob Frankston
Articles By Frankston, BobRethinking Operating Systems
Connectivity: What it is and why it is so important