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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:28 pm    Post subject: EQ and Bill Gates Reply with quote

Just wait till MS takes Over!!

Bill Gates highlights 'digital lifestyle' Microsoft reportedly considering Sony tie up
By Michael Paige,
Last Update: 12:07 PM ET Jan. 6, 2005

LOS ANGELES (CBS.MW) -- In a keynote speech to open the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates highlighted the software giant's digital entertainment ambitions and reportedly may be considering a partnership with Sony Corp. as part of its aim to dominate the "digital lifestyle."
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LAS VEGAS - Despite suffering through an embarrassing computer crash that prompted jokes and guffaws, Bill Gates promised that Microsoft Corp. would help consumers stay plugged into technology, during a keynote speech Wednesday.

In his seventh annual keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft's chairman explained that the proliferation of high-speed Internet access and the falling price of data storage are compelling people to put music, photos, movies and other aspects of their life into a digital format.

"We predicted at the beginning of this decade that this would be a decade where the digital approach would be taken for granted," Gates told hundreds of technology enthusiasts, who gathered for his kickoff to the world's largest electronics show. "It's going even faster than we expected."

But while promoting what he calls the "digital lifestyle," Gates showed how vulnerable all consumers - even the world's richest man - are to hardware and software bugs.

During a demonstration of digital photography with a soon-to-be-released Nikon camera, a Windows Media Center PC froze and wouldn't respond to Gates' pushing of the remote control.

Later in the 90-minute presentation, a product manager demonstrated the ostensible user-friendliness of a video game expected to hit retail stores in April, Forza Motor Sport. But instead of configuring a custom-designed race car, the computer monitor displayed the dreaded "blue screen of death" and warned, "out of system memory."

The errors - which came during what's usually an ode to Microsoft's dominance of the software industry and its increasing control of consumer electronics - prompted the celebrity host, NBC comedian Conan O'Brien, to quip, "Who's in charge of Microsoft, anyway?"

Gates, who was sitting next to O'Brien on a set staged to look like NBC's Late Night set, smiled dryly and continued with his discussion.
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