Gates' first job was tutoring math and computer programming to children. After graduation, Melinda joined Microsoft as a marketing manager, where she was responsible for leading the development of various multimedia products. These included Cinemania, Encarta, Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Money and Word. In addition, she worked on Expedia, which is now one of today's biggest travel booking websites. Despite the commercial failure of Microsoft Bob, Gates later recalled that a software demo was "one of the hardest things I've ever done". In the early 1990s, Gates was appointed as General Manager of Information Products, a position in which she held until 1996. She left Microsoft to focus on starting and raising her family.
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