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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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By AlexWade on 11/20/2006 11:37:02 AM , Rating: 4
Unlike most people, I've actually dabbled into complex world of the OS. In college, I had to write a program that would swap data in and out of pseudo-memory and into an actual page file as needed. It was very limited and simple being more akin to early page files, but it was still a very complex program. After that class, I had a newfound respect for any OS because of how very complex they are.

MS has done a lot of things that make me mad -- such as high prices on Office, DRM, the desire to control everything -- but they what they do with Windows has my utmost respect.

When you realize how complex an OS really is, you don't complain about all the security holes and spyware. Sure, Microsoft could do better with security. But make no mistake, Windows is a security target because you target what is most likely to succeed. How many novice people use Linux or Unix or OS X? By far, the most novice computer users use Windows. That is why Windows has a problem with spyware, because these idiots target where they are more likely to get a victim.

By Aikouka on 11/20/2006 11:49:27 AM , Rating: 4
Alex, I don't think your change of heart is far from the norm at all. It's very common in today's society to scorn what we don't understand. Think of waiting in line at a fast food restaurant... you tend to get angry at any long waits, yet you have no idea what's going on behind the scenes. When I was younger, I worked at one of those restaurants (namely McDonalds :P) and because of it, I gained a lot more understanding toward what happens in said environment. Because of that, I am never mad when my order ends up wrong, when I have to wait longer than normal or whatever. Although visiting a McDonalds in Virginia and not being able to understand the all-Hispanic crew was a different story. Albeit, it was a good experience to brush up on some español ;).

The same is really true for you and your OS-esque programming experience. You gained an understanding of how complex and Operating System really becomes. Essentially, you're the programmer who understands how hard a programmer's job really can be. The average Joe Schmoe doesn't understand this and because of it, he's quick to scorn.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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