Feeds

Gates on media: ‘I have a stream’

MS to be great enabler, apparently...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

At the Streaming Media West meeting in San Jose yesterday Bill Gates gave what is fast becoming his identispeech, but with a few new modules. He said that "PC sales have really surprised all the analysts" - but is that really true? Isn't Gates' message that he wants the home and workplace PC to be dominant, and not other devices where MS is encountering some tough competition? Of course PC sales were "partly due to lower the price that we've got with the powerful hardware" - but he omitted to mention the contribution of Windows prices. Statistically, 91 per cent of Windows 98 second edition users (presumably in the US) were using the Internet for 40 hours/month on average, he claimed. When it came to streaming, less than half of Internet users used it at home. Some 15 million people had bought music online, he said, but "probably more people" had listened to music online (and pirated it, was the sub-text). Gates claimed that "one of the great things we've done that has brought piracy rates down is just made it easier to buy the software", which sounded more than just self-serving, and thin on detail. "Digital rights management is a deep area on its own, and we've got a lot of work integrating that into the software," he added, warming to the theme of whatever helps combat music piracy would perhaps help software piracy. The impression remained that had Microsoft had a monopoly in streaming, it would have included tougher restrictions on downloading music. In identispeech mode, he used again the component on Microsoft's vision change to empower people and "make sure that everyone has the enabling software". But it soon became clear that this was Ballmer's vision, far removed from Gates' personal empowerment to have music and video access "anywhere you go in the house". Clearly live music making, social and sporting activities had little interest for him, but he was "very bullish on wireless networking". Microsoft was to be the great enabler by providing the infrastructure, in the shape of the Windows Media Open Platform he announced, but "our goal is not to be a media company ourselves". Gates personal desire still seems to be to be able to receive video on demand. His desire for the world to be PC-centric encompassed having photographs, and video clips all computerised. It would enrich the producers of colour ink cartridges, and Microsoft of course, but the thought of the family schedule on the fridge door with the time of printing that version given to the second is rather chilling. What must remain in doubt is whether all this PC-based media format changing will really take off. As usual, Gates had little to say about streaming media at work, other than to mention that Microsoft itself was amongst the 9 per cent of organisations using it. He stuck his neck out and forecast that over the next three years most companies would be using streaming media, and that it would be "of critical importance". It was rather unconvincing when Gates said that "top of the list" of enabling elements "are the new shipments of Windows, Millennium which will include the movie making capabilities... and of course Windows 2000". Then came a surprise when he said, "That should go final in the next month." Go figure. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees
India's 'predictability and stability' cited as mobe-maker's tax payment deadline nears
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68
RIP Blighty's best-selling author of the 1980s
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.