Don't Bet on Gates' Keynote Predictions

January 4, 2008 By BRIAN BERGSTEIN , AP Technology Writer
Don't Bet on Gates' Keynote Predictions
Bill Gates Chairman and CEO of Microsoft gives the Consumer Electronics Show keynote address at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas in this Jan. 5, 2000 file photo. In 2000, Gates correctly explained the rising importance of networked mobile devices, even as PCs were still becoming more prevalent. Indeed, the following year he predicted that the percentage of American homes with PCs would grow from just over 50 percent at the time to 75 percent by 2010. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, file)

(AP) -- For the 10th time, Bill Gates will inaugurate the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by touting new Microsoft Corp. products and describing his view of the future of computing.

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5 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2008
Anyone familiar with the technology industry would know that keynotes rarely contain a company's most interesting and important proprietary strategies.

These things are either singly focused PR events that they almost have to make stuff up to fill the speech - or - a specific purpose announcements for competitive or launch purposes.

The real test of Mr. Gates insights - we - the general public will never see... because these predictions occur in private meeting rooms in Redmond.

Based on MSFT's continued success, at least someone over there is betting right more often than not.

And before someone questions my allegiances - I prefer the open source community and have never worked for MSFT - that being said - call a spade - a spade... MSFT's financial results speak for themselves.
not rated yet Jan 04, 2008
If there is anything particularly important to be said in a keynote, it's usually leaked ahead of time, or has been obviously inevitable for a long while.
not rated yet Jan 05, 2008
As long as he doesn't bust his leg or start screaming and shouting about real estate, it'll be a big improvement over next years.

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