To put those numbers into perspective, Samsung -- third place in tablet sales behind Apple and Amazon -- shipped a mere 1.5 million Android-based tablets during all of Q4 2011 according to IDC.
Sources: Apple, IDC
quote: iTunes iPod iPhone iPad. Remove them tomorrow and it wouldn't make a difference. No Bill Gates? We might as well be cavemen smashing rocks together.
quote: This is cute considering that Gates' company started off by writing software for the existing Apple II and the Mac
quote: Learn your history.
quote: So you're saying that BASIC for Altair was more profitable than the boatloads they made writing applications for the Apple II and the Mac?
quote: This is cute considering that Gates' company started off by writing software for the existing Apple II and the Mac (which his company then spent the next six years making a copy of their own).
quote: The Apple II is an 8-bit home computer, one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products, designed primarily by Steve Wozniak, manufactured by Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) and introduced in 1977 .
quote: Established on April 4, 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800 , Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems.
quote: Popular computing would have happened with or without him
quote: Learn your history.
quote: We can't know that. Before Microsoft OEM's like Apple and IBM wanted to sell PC's with proprietary software that were not compatible with other brands. By making software, not bundled hardware, the standard in computing Microsoft changed the game forever. Windows was the driver of the computer revolution. I'm sorry you cannot accept that the most significant advancement in computing technology came from someone you claim had a "lack of vision".
quote: But to be fair he was far better at business acumen and execution then predicting and steering the future. Watch the All Things D video of Steve and Bill on stage together from a couple of years ago. It is telling. Also read Bill's book "The Road Ahead" and look at the world as it is now. Bill was a great business leader and had the vision to build a great American company. Ultimately I would bet he personally is remembered for his philanthropy far more the how exactly he made his billions.Oh and indeed MS was founded to write software for the Altair. But from about 77' until their famous DOS deal in 81' their Apple II software was a HUGE part if not the largest part of their business.
quote: Watch the All Things D video of Steve and Bill on stage together from a couple of years ago. It is telling.
quote: For years Gates has been talking about projectors on every wall in people's houses, pie in the sky ideas that have no bearing on practical reality.