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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 am a proud MS basher
By encryptkeeper on 11/20/2006 12:52:32 PM , Rating: -1
I hate Microsoft because I really hate the idea of MS being able to do whatever it wants with software, gaming hardware, and media. MS wants to be its own standard for EVERYTHING it makes, and that really scares me. The guys that actually work at MS don't have a clue what the average user wants, they only see dollar signs. Why aren't people more angry at that?

RE: I am a proud MS basher
By milomnderbnder21 on 11/20/2006 1:26:31 PM , Rating: 2
People don't automatically buy everything that they release, don't make it so simple. They have a dominant operating system that has EARNED it's place as such.

They pour billions of dollars into other initiatives, like the xbox, or the zune, to make a good product that will catch people's attention and earn their purchase. The Xbox doesn't succeed because it has 'Microsoft' on the box. They are a business that sees opportunities, and tries to take advantage of those opportunities by creating an excellent product. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don't. They are no different from any other company in this respect.

I'm more angry at the naivety of people such as yourself.

RE: I am a proud MS basher
By Montrevux on 11/20/2006 3:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
You hate the idea that Microsoft is allowed to release whatever products it chooses to release? So you basically hate capitalism?

And you're right. The employees at Microsoft don't have a clue what the consumers want, and their operating system is in no way a monopoly. Oh wait.

And finally, a company that actually strives to make a profit? What a horrible and sinful concept. Everyone who has ever worked at Microsoft must be a demon, because only demons could carry such evil ideas.

Can I hate you because you're a moron?

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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