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"You know, Sony can make 80,000 bricks, and people would buy them."

With Microsoft having just completed development on two major software releases and having recently secured a partnership with Novell on Suse Linux, Bill Gates surely has a lot to talk about. CNET's Ina Fried was able to interview Microsoft's founder and get his thoughts on the recent happenings at Microsoft.

Right of the bat, the discussion turned towards Windows Vista. The operating system went gold two weeks ago and is due to be available to retail customers on January 30. Bill Gates was drilled on the future of the SQL-based WinFS (Windows Future Storage). The feature was due to ship with Vista and was later dropped altogether.

"Well, you definitely still want a structured look for certain kinds of rich query. And if we're going to bring all these things of e-mail and files and photos, bring it together fully, we need more than just the search indexing. Search indexing takes you further than people expect, I would say. But eventually you'll need more of a database-type look to these things," said Gates.

Gates also went on to talk about the recent partnership with Novell. "In general, Linux is not nearly as high-volume as Windows is on servers. But (it's) significant, so customers want new kinds of interoperability." Gates goes on to say "We've done fantastic things on interoperability. Here, we're doing virtual machine interoperability. So you can just have a pool of hardware and applications that use Linux, applications that use Windows, and just have the VM manage which one needs more resource, which one is done, which one needs to be restarted."

On the subject of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, which now has prime competition in the form of the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, Gates is quite confident in the gaming platform. In fact, Gates wasted no time in touting Microsoft's enviable one-year head start on the market. "You know, Sony can make 80,000 bricks, and people would buy them. So the real competition--you're going to see the impact of our innovation and all the momentum we have in Christmas 2007. This Christmas, the story is: XBox 360 is going to sell super-well, and they'll sell the rounding error amounts they can make."

For the full interview, head on over to CNET News.

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Limited edition Sony bricks
By peternelson on 11/20/2006 9:04:00 AM , Rating: 4
"Sony can make 80,000 bricks, and people would buy them"

If it was a special edition of 80,000, branded Sony, I would buy one, particularly if it ran linux like the PS3 ;-)

Maybe Sony should take up Bill's idea.

RE: Limited edition Sony bricks
By togaman5000 on 11/20/2006 9:41:53 AM , Rating: 2
Do i get HDMI on my brick????

If so,I'd buy one for sure =P

RE: Limited edition Sony bricks
By Schmeh on 11/20/2006 12:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
No, you have to buy that seperatly. But you can connect your brick with other people's bricks to form a super wall.

RE: Limited edition Sony bricks
By encryptkeeper on 11/20/2006 12:53:45 PM , Rating: 2
But the new brick that will be released in 2007 won't be compatible with the cement from 2006.

RE: Limited edition Sony bricks
By umerok on 11/21/2006 12:33:11 PM , Rating: 2
But they promised backward compatibility!

RE: Limited edition Sony bricks
By peternelson on 11/20/2006 5:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
"But you can connect your brick with other people's bricks to form a super wall."

Of course, I KNEW Sony would use that Cell-to-Cell interconnectivity for a reason!

I suggested they put an upgrade connection or socket into the PS3 design to enable adding an extra cell later.

But looks like they saved that scaleability for the Sony SuperWall (tm) model. Add bricks as your HPC compute needs and budget allows ;-) Just like the SGI Origin 3000 "C-Bricks" (for CPU) etc.

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