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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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I'm so sick of people blaming Microsoft for DRM
By obeseotron on 11/20/2006 12:34:45 PM , Rating: 4
All other complaints one might have about the Windows operating system, DRM support in Vista really shouldn't be one of them. Microsoft has nothing to gain by forcing DRM on anyone, if they had their way it would be far less oppressive, or not exist at all. Vista has SUPPORT for various DRM initiatives, as opposed to XP or Linux, which just won't work with things like HDCP video at all. It does not apply DRM to anything that doesn't already have it, it only provides support for playing it back. It plays everything Linux or XP currently play, with no DRM restriction, IN ADDITION to newer DRMed stuff.

It's either this, or we just never get the ability to do things like Cable HDTV, HDDVD or Blu Ray with our PCs at all. You're perfectly free to go use Ubuntu or stick to XP and not be able to do these things, but don't bitch at MS for providing the capability in Vista.

The DRM decisions are made in LA, not Seattle.

By milomnderbnder21 on 11/20/2006 1:22:33 PM , Rating: 2
You're simply wrong. Media companies demanded that Microsoft support various DRM measures in Vista, or else they just wouldn't let the media be played in the OS. Microsoft didn't have a choice.

How happy would you be if you couldn't put a CD into your computer and listen to it, or a dvd?

RE: I'm so sick of people blaming Microsoft for DRM
By GameManK on 11/20/2006 11:07:42 PM , Rating: 2
Somehow I think MS is at least as powerful as the RIAA/MPAA. If Microsoft were righteous and did not include support for DRM, the studios would have to make their media playable without it.

By Clienthes on 11/21/2006 4:47:45 AM , Rating: 2
I think you underestimate the lengths the RIAA/MPAA will go to in order to protect they're business.

If the content providers wouldn't bend and MS were "righteous" and didn't support DRM, then either you'd have an OS that couldn't play your media, or they'd have to go to court to fight DRM, spend more money than you have a right to ask of them on legal fees, delay launch of vista, and maybe or maybe not win the fight.

DRM is a business practice that will inconvenience you, and I'm sorry for that. I don't like it either, and I wish it wasn't going to happen. But it is happening and you, me, and MS have to deal with it whether we like it or not. Hopefully DRM will fail and in a couple years all this will be a moot point.

"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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