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Bill Gates - A short chat with Microsoft's Chief Software Architect

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Bill Gates. Do we need to say anything more?

Visit Bill in his office for a few minutes to talk about where he sees the future going. This is a fun interview, prepares you for the PDC that's coming next week. It's going to be a fun next week, make sure to come back on Tuesday when we'll have tons of videos from teams showing off their secret stuff for the first time. Next Tuesday morning not only will his keynote at the Professional Developer Conference be broadcast live (it'll be on Bill's webcasts page on Tuesday), but we'll have a bunch of videos all week long.

Oh, and don't miss the interview with Marc McDonald. He was Microsoft's first employee and talks about the early days of working at Microsoft.

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  • Michael GriffithsMichael Griffiths Fatalism.
    Two hours early!

    Impressive!

    Kinda interesting video, too Smiley
  • erikerik_ Whooops!

    Great!!

    Still downloading but the download link points to marc_mcdonald_employee_one_2005.wmv video is this correct?

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  • W3bboW3bbo Work hard; increase production; prevent accidents, and be happy.
    16 minutes long, yet a whopping 247MB?

    I'm guessing you're using a higher bitrate than normal.

    1% downloaded so far. I'll post another reply when I've done watching it.

  • finally!
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    Sorry, the download link was wrong. Here's the right link:

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/f/7/0f7cc82e-df70-4ca0-a74d-5692c10e6c40/bill_gates_2005.wmv

    I just fixed it. Sorry about that.
  • TDavidTDavid Learn more so you can earn more
    LOL Nice intro: "Who are you?" Good job, Scoble and Channel 9 crew. Thanks for bringing this.
  • W3bboW3bbo Work hard; increase production; prevent accidents, and be happy.
    scobleizer wrote:
    Sorry, the download link was wrong. Here's the right link:

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/f/7/0f7cc82e-df70-4ca0-a74d-5692c10e6c40/bill_gates_2005.wmv

    I just fixed it. Sorry about that.


    Its still 250MB.

    What's with the hewege sizes?
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    I did this one at a hgher resolution, sorry.
  • YAHHHH!

    Finnally!
  • mejamie Niner since 2004
    well - he doesnt go to channel9 - but robert got him to say channel9

    *someone make a wav of that <gates>channel 9 </gates> Smiley

    ps - robert thanks for that - your voice was shaking haha
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >ps - robert thanks for that - your voice was shaking haha

    Yeah, I was a bit nervous. I've been waiting 1.5 years for a chance to do this.

    We got invited back, by the way. So there'll be more.
  • Nice video, good to see Bill is still enthusiastic about what MSFT are up to. I'm more intrigued by Office 12 than ever.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    Office 12 rocks. Come back next Tuesday morning. I can't wait to show you the stuff folks have been working on.
  • mejamie Niner since 2004
    regarding the comment bill made about us not wanting to hear exec's like him on channel 9 - and that he doesnt really go there or read it (side stepped)

    There should be some sort of monthly - bullet point exec memo "The best of Channel 9" - that they must read - so they are at least briefed on the major threads and discussions - maybe just the top 5

    Then the next time an exec is asked - "do you go to channel 9" they can at least say - "I read the quarterly briefs - and know what are customers/developers are talking about.

    The only part I found un-cool about the interview - was that he almost sounded like one of those old Execs that say " oh a computer? email? my secretary does that for me - i dont use a computer"

    Blogging is important - and not that anyone expects bill or steve to watch videos (of stuff they no about) - they should have some idea of what the curent "C9 vibe" is at all times

    (lunacy haha)
  • Sweet!

    Did you notice when he crossed his legs @ 12:57...  he's not wearing socks.

    That's awesome! Big Smile

  • scobleizer wrote:
    >ps - robert thanks for that - your voice was shaking haha

    Yeah, I was a bit nervous. I've been waiting 1.5 years for a chance to do this.

    We got invited back, by the way. So there'll be more.


    But you didn't ask about VB for the mac.  What's with that?
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >There should be some sort of monthly - bullet point exec memo "The best of Channel 9" - that they must read - so they are at least briefed on the major threads and discussions - maybe just the top 5

    We do such a report for execs. Bill is a weird case, though. EVERYONE wants a piece of him. Heck, I had to argue that Channel 9 was as important as talking to the Rolling Stone.

    He has told us lots of times that he loves Channel 9. Heck, he begged for an interview in BusinessWeek. I bet he gets here more than he lets on. Remember, he can't dis all the other communities either, nor can he set expectations that he's gonna be here a lot.
  • LarryOsterman wrote:


    But you didn't ask about VB for the mac.  What's with that?


    Or MS Bob.NET

    (ooooh, we don't joke about Bob)
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >But you didn't ask about VB for the mac.  What's with that?

    Heh. I should have, but that would have ratholed us for 10 minutes and I only had 10 minutes.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >(ooooh, we don't joke about Bob)

    Not with Bill we don't. His wife was the program manager on Bob.
  • Jeremy WJeremy W that blogging guy
    I'm about halfway through. You were obviously nervous at the start Scoble. You handled yourself really well... I can't even imagine being in your shoes. I get about that shaky-voice nervous in front of 500 people or 1-1 with a reporter. You were with Bill Gates and did fantastic.

    Listening now Wink
  • mejamie Niner since 2004
    scobleizer wrote:
    > Heck, I had to argue that Channel 9 was as important as talking to the Rolling Stone.



    which one? Mick? Wink
  • Tell him, if he ever sees something by me that's a bit "rawr" by me. Don't blacklist me from getting a job at Microsoft Tongue Out

    Or better yet, ask what his xbox live tag is [6]

    Or ask what cool technologies has he seen by other companies(because I know Bill has asked for personall demonstrations of games)
  • AlfredThAlfredTh Look for the hat. Without it I look pretty nondescript.
    We didn't get to see his office. What's it like?
  • scobleizer wrote:
    >(ooooh, we don't joke about Bob)

    Not with Bill we don't. His wife was the program manager on Bob.


    and it was a good idea, one that stuff like the OS X Dock, ObjectDock, and the sidebar apps still try to implement. You can still see ideas borrowed from it in apps like OS X Dashboard and Konfabulator.

    I liked his answer to "why do you still work?". I've always thought that the whole "kill/smash the competition" came more from Balmer and others on the board and that Bill just believed that his solution was the best. Why bother with the others? I've never thought the "innovate integration" stuff came from a desire to have the computers work better, not to stifle competition (at least from Bills POV). And I've noticed there's no "Balmer foundation".

    I think I'd have a more interesting time talking to Bill Gates than I would Steve Jobs.
  • jamie wrote:


    which one? Mick?


    See, I was going to make an "old man" joke, but couldn't come up with one that quick. Good job.
  • Scoble: Do you visit channel 9?   
    Gates: Not as often as I would like to
    <Translation: I was only briefed about its existence 10min's before this interview>

  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >We didn't get to see his office. What's it like?

    I was told not to shoot his windows or his kids' pictures, for obvious reasons.

    But his office is remarkably plain. It has a great video of the parking lot. It's maybe five times the size of my office, but has the same kind of furniture in it. Nothing real remarkable about it, actually. Certainly not the kind of stuff you see on Donald Trump's offices.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >>Wow, you're actually a pretty good executive->english linguist, there is fame in fortune in the cards for you my friend.

    Well, I gave him a demo 1.5 years ago and Lenn gave him a separate demo and talked with him about it after that. So, he's been more than just "recently briefed" on it.

    Plus, if you ever get to talk to Bill off camera you'll see he really is a geek and he really does surf the Web after his kids have gone to bed.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >Robert: Hi Bill, here's one out of left field, what are your thoughts about the rise of linu....

    Heh. I thought about asking about what distro he likes working on the most (he does play with Linux, after all) but then I would have gotten ratholed and I only had 10 minutes (which I adeptly stretched into 15).
  • TDavidTDavid Learn more so you can earn more

    Just listened to the interview all the way and it seems you stunned Gates with the: "what would you ask yourself?" question. Better perhaps to have used that time to ask him who he sees as Microsoft's competition moving forward and why?

    He didn't say a word -- unless I missed it -- about Apple or Google and it seems that in even 10 minutes both of those topics are important enough to at least seap into his commentary.

    If you can go back again, you have to try and get his side of where Microsoft sees Google. All we read out here is chair throwing tantrums, profanity laced tirades and jealousy over employee hires. There are two sides to every story and while obviously you can't get into cases under current litigation there can be some small peeks through windows, no pun intended, about how Microsoft is moving forward with its competition?

    Also the issue of buying up other web properties like Yahoo has been doing. You had to be burning to ask him why Microsoft didn't buy flickr or Konfabulatr, Robert? Weren't you? And what about Skype? Microsoft's name was mentioned there, but today the big word is eBay might be in on that.

    Seems to me like other companies are eating Microsoft's lunch on some of these acquistions and I'm curious what the Chief Software Architect thinks about that.

    Some doors were opened to go into competition when Bill talked about how they liked to take on the big guys. Opportunity missed ... but maybe next time Smiley

    Still, overall a good job.

  •  "his office is remarkably plain. It has a great video of the parking lot. It's maybe five times the size of my office, but has the same kind of furniture in it. Nothing real remarkable about it, actually. Certainly not the kind of stuff you see on Donald Trump's offices."


    I heard that the guy flew coach until it became a security issue. And there is also the rumors that he is only going to give his kids like 10 million each when he dies and donate the rest to charity.
    Thats cool with me

    On a side note: Are you guys only joking about VB for Mac?

    Thanks,
    Charity
  • scobleizer wrote:
    >We didn't get to see his office. What's it like?

    I was told not to shoot his windows or his kids' pictures, for obvious reasons.

    But his office is remarkably plain. It has a great video of the parking lot. It's maybe five times the size of my office, but has the same kind of furniture in it. Nothing real remarkable about it, actually. Certainly not the kind of stuff you see on Donald Trump's offices.


    AFAIK, Bill's always had a big office, but very little that's not std ms kit.  I suspect he's got a pretty big flatscreen TV in his office, I know he used to have something like it last time I was in his office (which was many, many years ago).


    OTOH, the executive conference room's pretty tricked out Smiley

  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >Are you guys only joking about VB for Mac?

    Inside joke. In 1994 I interviewed him when I worked at Visual Basic Programmer's Journal and he promised me that VB 4 would be released on the Macintosh. It never was. I later found out that it was because it was really buggy, didn't work the same way the Windows version did (which would have confused developers because their apps wouldn't have been cross-platform).

    But, it reminds me that even if Bill says something that doesn't mean it'll be that way. So Larry wanted me to remind Bill that he doesn't always call it right.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >He didn't say a word -- unless I missed it -- about Apple or Google and it seems that in even 10 minutes both of those topics are important enough to at least seap into his commentary.

    He has been trained not to talk about the industry in that way. Why not? Well, think about it. Everytime he says something the market changes.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >OTOH, the executive conference room's pretty tricked out

    Larry, you've worked at Microsoft too long. You should go to some other companies' headquarters. Yeah, Bills is nice (he did have some fun toys on his desk) but it wasn't over the top. Other companies are far more oppulent than Bills is.

    It's one of the things I really like about the company. They try to keep costs down and therefore profits up. That attitude protects my job. I've seen a lot of other companies just piss away their resources and end up firing everyone.
  • W3bboW3bbo Work hard; increase production; prevent accidents, and be happy.
    Hmm, just watching the video now.

    Seems fine so far... but his office is rather plain.

    But if Bill is reading this:

    Get a style consultant! Your hair == ewwww!

  • NateFurtwanglerNate​Furtwangler www.​natefurtwan​gler.com
    It's nice to see how enthusiastic Bill is about TabletPC.  He's right on the money about the Student Tablet PC, although his dream hasn't yet been realized (not just the price, the availability of e-books...which is why I scan my own)

    If he's right about voice recognition being on the virge of common use, then Tablet PC's are about to explode in popularity.
  • scobleizer wrote:
    >We didn't get to see his office. What's it like?

    I was told not to shoot his windows or his kids' pictures, for obvious reasons.

    But his office is remarkably plain. It has a great video of the parking lot. It's maybe five times the size of my office, but has the same kind of furniture in it. Nothing real remarkable about it, actually. Certainly not the kind of stuff you see on Donald Trump's offices.


    That's good, have you ever seen the donald's penthouse??? the damn thing is entirely gold.... GOLD!!! I mean what a freak. Huge an well decorated is one thing but gold everything??? Now that is nasty.
  • fatboy_aufatboy_au itnewslog.​com
    Great job Robert! Now I can scratch that off my 2005 wish list for Microsoft http://msinbox.blogspot.com/2005/07/my-wishlist-for-microsoft-this-year.html
  • $500 TabletPC?  Bill's still living in the future.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >$500 TabletPC?  Bill's still living in the future.

    Rod: actually, that was very close to a product announcement. Very. Wink
  • rodtrent wrote:
    $500 TabletPC?  Bill's still living in the future.

    Why not, there are $500 laptops.
  • ugh. what a softball interview. scoble, learn how to conduct an interview, for chrissakes! you fancy yourself a journalist but you're a rank amateur -- in the rankest ways. you come off as a sniveling, ingratiating little fool, a boot licker to the powerful. for shame. read the NYTimes, News.com, the WSJ -- or some other organ of quality to see how it's done. don't waste our time with this drivel.

    caddidy

    ps: also...that falsetto, wimpy interviewing voice just doesn't cut it
  • Michael GriffithsMichael Griffiths Fatalism.
    The trolls have arrived.

    Hooray the trolls! [A]
  • Seeing the BIG man here in C9 makes it so incredibly important to all of us.

    Great job Scoble!!
  • ManniManni The Force be with You

    Cool interview.

    Hey Scoble, must have just missed you in Monterey this past weekend - stopped at Starbucks, too.

  • Andre Da CostaAndre Da Costa Created with PhotoDraw 2000 V2

    Wow, he was really relaxed and energized, best interview with Bill Gates I have ever seen. His response to your question about channel 9 and what you are doing Scoble was really funny, "Video Stuff".

    I think its the first time, I have seen him paused to a question so long asked by someone, (If you were in my position, what would you as Bill Gates of Microsoft?) Good one Scoble.

    I notice at the end of the interview he kind of rushed out of the chair, was it to shake your hand or check e-mails? Very nice interview overall. When he said $500 Tablet, I was saying to my self "what the hell is he talking about?" I wanted to see more of his Office though and get a glimpse of his PC and Monitors, I heard he has 2 humongous LCD's.

  • Stevan VeselinovicSteve411 Me, all suited up!
    W3bbo wrote:
    16 minutes long, yet a whopping 247MB?

    I'm guessing you're using a higher bitrate than normal.

    1% downloaded so far. I'll post another reply when I've done watching it.

    Why Scoble?


    Scoble: Because Bill Gates is our "GODx34".

    -Steve
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    >I notice at the end of the interview he kind of rushed out of the chair, was it to shake your hand or check e-mails?

    He had another interview to run to. I had already caused him to be even later than he already was.
  • William Staceystaceyw Before C# there was darkness...
    Thanks Robert.  That was nice. 
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    john caddidy wrote:
    ugh. what a softball interview. scoble, learn how to conduct an interview, for chrissakes! you fancy yourself a journalist but you're a rank amateur -- in the rankest ways. you come off as a sniveling, ingratiating little fool, a boot licker to the powerful. for shame. read the NYTimes, News.com, the WSJ -- or some other organ of quality to see how it's done. don't waste our time with this drivel. caddidy ps: also...that falsetto, wimpy interviewing voice just doesn't cut it


    Did we get Slashdotted?

    Heh.
  • Andrei PAndrei P Geekpedia.​com
    scobleizer wrote:
    john caddidy wrote: ugh. what a softball interview. scoble, learn how to conduct an interview, for chrissakes! you fancy yourself a journalist but you're a rank amateur -- in the rankest ways. you come off as a sniveling, ingratiating little fool, a boot licker to the powerful. for shame. read the NYTimes, News.com, the WSJ -- or some other organ of quality to see how it's done. don't waste our time with this drivel. caddidy ps: also...that falsetto, wimpy interviewing voice just doesn't cut it


    Did we get Slashdotted?

    Heh.


    They are probably analyzing the video with a fine-tooth comb as we speak.

    Great video indeed, my favorite along with Steve Ballmer and Jim Allchin.
  • hmm, notice his moving around in his chair. he grabs the chair too.

    odd body language dont you think?
    wants to stay, wants to go? seems very nervous?

  • Comic Strip BloggerComic Strip Blogger My banana is powered by Windows Mobile!
    scobleizer wrote:


    Did we get Slashdotted?

    Heh.



    I have impression that Bill G praises Scoble's blogging more than his video interviewing ... so that what Betsy Aoki said once: that blogging is the main job of Scoble - has been confirmed!

    By the way: next time, Scoble, ask Bill G whether he could help out a little bit Windows Mobile division - he said "take on nokia and on phones", but I doubt whether Bill G understands at all what is the problem? The problem is very small marketing - nokia is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing of phones and on maketing them. So more marketing money for Windows Mobile (or maybe some synergetic marketing with other MS products) is needed + some campaign about Windows Mobile being stylish.

    So question to Bill G coudl be: "with regard to Windows Mobile phones: how do you, Bill G, see Microsoft defeating huge marketing money that nokia throws at customers? and how Microsoft can cope with a common feeling that customers have - also with regard to Windows Mobile phones : 'Microsoft has no style' !

    Please note that these 2 things are not tiny issues and not only related to hardware - just take a look at beatifully designed animated icons in  Sony Ericsson phones and compare them with ugly primitive icons in Windows Mobile 5.0 !
  • Sven GrootSven Groot Don't worry... I'm a doctor.
    scobleizer wrote:
    He has been trained not to talk about the industry in that way. Why not? Well, think about it. Everytime he says something the market changes.

    I thought Alan Greenspan was the man who can move markets?

    (Only one person in the world is likely to get that joke, and he doesn't read C9 so why did I bother to make it? Tongue Out )

    Scoble: I've been wondering for a while now, why do you never use the forum's proper quoting system but instead this Usenet-derivative > business?
  • Caution! Most subjective post for a while: Thanks, Thanks, thanks. To everyone involved making this interview happen.

    Congratulations, Charles and Scoble!
  • Andre Da CostaAndre Da Costa Created with PhotoDraw 2000 V2
    XiXora wrote:
    hmm, notice his moving around in his chair. he grabs the chair too.

    odd body language dont you think?
    wants to stay, wants to go? seems very nervous?



    Thats the effects of sitting around a computer since the age of 12, I do that all the time when I'm talking to somebody sitting in a chair with a handrest. Sometimes your back gets sore quick staying in one position and your muscles get sore too, so you kind of wrap your hands around the chair to feel more comfortable and relaxed.
  • W3bboW3bbo Work hard; increase production; prevent accidents, and be happy.
    Comic Strip Blogger wrote:
    So question to Bill G coudl be: "with regard to Windows Mobile phones: how do you, Bill G, see Microsoft defeating huge marketing money that nokia throws at customers? and how Microsoft can cope with a common feeling that customers have - also with regard to Windows Mobile phones : 'Microsoft has no style' !

    Please note that these 2 things are not tiny issues and not only related to hardware - just take a look at beatifully designed animated icons in  Sony Ericsson phones and compare them with ugly primitive icons in Windows Mobile 5.0 !


    I do'nt know about you, but I actually like the lack of advertising and public awareness of smartphones.

    If they did, then Jamster would be all over it.

    IMO, Smartphones should be relegated to "business" grade phones and nothing else. I do NOT want to see Crazy Frog adverts with an option for Microsoft Smartphones.
  • thebluebearthebluebear thebluebear

    that was excellent...Big Smile
    next one up Steve & Bill together please!

    AndyG
    ps...dont you just wanna ask was Pirates of Silicon Valley REALLY like that!! Cool

  • PapillonPapillon (No, I'm not Louis de Funes)
    Wow, now I know why 14 year old girls scream everytime they see a star.

    It was good pep talk, not much substance: I kept thinking how does all that passion we see with Gates unable to sit quietly in his chair, how all that energy gets translated when he's commandeering, debating or arguing to an audience he doesn't seek to charm. Hmm, a lot to learn.

    I don't envy being in your position, Robert: I'd quake similarly and would not know on which foot to dance. Asking tough questions would probably not have been a good career move.

    Sven Groot wrote:
    I thought Alan Greenspan was the man who can move markets?
     Sven, you made me smile, but Robert is right: wasn't Microsoft credited with a very significant rise in US GDP (am I getting the terms wrong?) when they made those dividend payments?

    All of which highlights even further the spartan nature of Gates' office and his unparalleled drive. There was definitely no sense of any disdain, immodesty or brashness (if that's a word), I've got even more respect for the man than I had merely on the basis of his business and philanthropic achievements and commitments.Good work, c9 team, keep it up!

    EDIT: On a minor, grammar (I need to watch my language) note (forgive the hypocrisy, given I haven't even proofread my post), would it be possible to have closing quotation marks? Pleaseeeeeee, please, please? That'd make my day, I can't help noticing them... *bats eyes coyly*
  • SimoSimo With me it's a full-time job.
    Rob Scoble, way to go ... You got that BillG interview. Good luck with the PDC & good luck with Office 12
  • alexbarnalexbarn alexbarn_on​_right
    Nice one Robert!!!
  • DegDeg Abstract Penguin
    Cool video!  Bill seems like a nice guy.  It's always great to see when companies become a little more personal. Cool

    Cheers,
    - Deg -
    Tripods are doubleplus good!

  • SuperRobSuperRob UI Geek
    Very nicely done, Robert.  For the next time, I'd like to hear more quaestions about Microsoft's investments in companies, technology, research, etc.  Details about how the company is spending it's money give a lot of insight into where they see technology leading.

    If you want to really ask the "tough" questions, I'd ask about why Microsoft allowed Internet Explorer fall behind the internet standards, or how Microsoft plans to become more agile when it comes to dealing with unexpected (and missed) trends.

    But overall, very well done!  Smiley
  • rjdohnertrjdohnert You will never know success until you know failure
    Scoble, let me say this much


    YOU ARE DA MAN

    Congrats, you have provided almost very niner's dream video

  • Keyvan NayyeriKeyvan Nayyeri VB.NET?! Oh my favorite!
    Now king is on Channel 9 Smiley
    Keep up this great job Scoble Wink
  • jeffbarrjeffbarr Scary, eh?

    Hey Robert,

    Totally cool -- you definitely captured "the real Bill Gates" -- relaxed, informed, and talkative.

    well done, sir!

    Jeff;

  • Robert, congrats! Now that we all heard the man saying how much he appreciates what you and other bloggers do for Microsoft, how are you going to bring your ego back down to size? Tongue Out

  • Fantastic interview, Scoble!

    The thing I liked about what Mr. Gates said is that he's not satisfied with how software is today.  Many of his criticisms about what is wrong with software are right on.  There is so much room for improvement.

    Also, for being one of the world's wealthiest and powerful people, he seems amazingly down-to-earth.

    Thanks again for getting this interview, Scoble.

  • It's neat to see BillG on C9.  Took me a bit by surprise, but this is about as uncut as you'll see of this man who's worth billions.   I have to agree that we still haven't solved some of the hard problems.  However, as Microsoft knows and many devs know, appearance often trumps reality in many people's minds.  So, if it appears like computing is moving foward, then of course it is...  Of course, it makes a lot of sense that you (or he) don't bring up X, Y or Z offered by competitors (Apple, Google, etc.) because the instant a person does this, he'll send a host of people flocking to check it out.  I'm sure what he says or doesn't say can move markets and that is one thing I don't envy. 

    It's rather unfortunate that Microsoft, which has done work on search technologies for years, still takes second (or third) to Copernic Desktop Search in desktop search and a distant third to Google.  If I were to predict, I'd say search technology will entirely eclipse speech recognition and the TabletPC in the next 15-20 years.  When I choose to use the mini keyboard on the PPC over the handwriting feature, it shows how useful the keyboard has become to my productivity and speech technology cannot replace this in the next 5 or even 15 years, I think.  BillG also truly underestimates the complexity of human language, I believe.  Can speech recognition recognize words in a song or pinpoint one person in a crowd? 

    While I think his short-term predictions in computing are off-base, I find much to admire about him as a person.  His simplicity in his office is evident and his humility doesn't seem affected when answering the question about how he wants to be remembered.  However, I wonder how he would have answered it if his children were in the room...

  • Ryan HoffmanTekmaven Software Architect
    Scoble.. you did an amazing job.  I was nervous for you the entire time that I watched the interview.

    I really love the question about the reign of the nerd.  I'm an 18 year old computer science major (who just started college 2 weeks ago), and that question really hit home. 

    Bill is absolutely one of my idols.  What a great 15 minutes Cool.
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  • KarimKarim Trapped in a world he never made!
    TDavid wrote:
    Just listened to the interview all the way and it seems you stunned Gates with the: "what would you ask yourself?" question.


    I got the impression that he was processing a recursive function.  In LISP it would be

    (defun ask(question)
       (ask(question))

    ...or something like that (sorry, I haven't coded LISP in a while)

    i.e. "But if I was in his chair, he would be in my chair, and I would be asking HIM what the question would be if HE was in MY chair, and then he would be thinking about what it would be like if HE was in MY chair, which he already IS..."

    STACK OVERFLOW

    He recovered gracefully, though.  He always does.

    I just posed the same question to myself... my CPU spiked and yeah, my I/O kind of dropped off too.

    I'll have to remember that question.  It's a good way to put people in a trance state.  LOL
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    I'm laughing my (I need to watch my language) off now. Thanks, that was a great explanation of why it threw him a loop.
  • ShivShiv Life is beautiful :)

    well lets have a poll on how long it took for people to jump to the thread from the home page.well for me i just saw bill's picture and jumped immediately and the home page wasn't even completed downloading in my slow connection:)

  • KhamulKhamul Death by Escape Key
    Shiv wrote:

    well lets have a poll on how long it took for people to jump to the thread from the home page.well for me i just saw bill's picture and jumped immediately and the home page wasn't even completed downloading in my slow connection



    You waited for the images to load? Tongue Out
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    Khamul wrote:
    Shiv wrote:

    well lets have a poll on how long it took for people to jump to the thread from the home page.well for me i just saw bill's picture and jumped immediately and the home page wasn't even completed downloading in my slow connection



    You waited for the images to load?


    We need to work on this...
    C
  • Nata1Nata1 .Search - Google Appliance killer


    I noticed that there was one thing that Bill did not talk about.  Search. 

    It was interesting to hear that he thought that Biology was the 2nd coolest field. 



    I did like everything he had to say about the Tablet PC - no-ones ever done that before.

  • Nata1Nata1 .Search - Google Appliance killer

    so few views?

  • sbcsbc GW R/Me
    Andre Da Costa wrote:
    XiXora wrote:hmm, notice his moving around in his chair. he grabs the chair too.

    odd body language dont you think?
    wants to stay, wants to go? seems very nervous?



    Thats the effects of sitting around a computer since the age of 12, I do that all the time when I'm talking to somebody sitting in a chair with a handrest. Sometimes your back gets sore quick staying in one position and your muscles get sore too, so you kind of wrap your hands around the chair to feel more comfortable and relaxed.

    Maybe he was nervous about being interviewed by The scobleizer Cool
  • sbcsbc GW R/Me
    scobleizer wrote:
    I did this one at a hgher resolution, sorry.

    Never though I'd hear anyone apologise about high resolution. Normally it is the other way round. Perhaps there could be another lower resolution copy made as an alternative?
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    sbc wrote:
    scobleizer wrote: I did this one at a hgher resolution, sorry.

    Never though I'd hear anyone apologise about high resolution. Normally it is the other way round. Perhaps there could be another lower resolution copy made as an alternative?


    Well, the best way to get lower res is to just play the streaming version. But, yeah, we're looking at this issue.
  • sbcsbc GW R/Me
    Perhaps the file size should go next to the download link?
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    We're working on putting file sizes on the page.
  • MisterDonutMisterDonut The Disco Godfather
    Can't wait to see the video... Downloading now.

    Bill, in case you're reading (not that I really think you are, though): thanks for my wife's scholarship!


  • Why do these trolls always turn op?



    Great interview scoble!
  • Nata1Nata1 .Search - Google Appliance killer
    I have to say - the MSDN interview he did a while back wasn't too good.  It was the questions being asked - this time around, much nicer.

    I read Business at the speed of thought and the one before that one (The road ahead?) - and it was hilarious when we would say stuff like "in 5 years, pcs will be the size of a notebook..." and then it happens in around the time he called it.

    Are you guys sick of me talking about search and bioinformatics yet?  Next interview it would be awesome to hear him call out (give estimates) on some bio/search technology - so we know where to put our time.
  • ZippyVZippyV Fired Up
    Scoble, if you have time for a <5 min. fun video, could you show us the daily (paper) mail Bill Gates receives? Tongue Out
  • scobleizer,

    good interview.

    if you can take pain to compact the video than it can save lots of bandwidth and time. unfortunately not all are sitting on 2 mbps connections.

  • Nata1 wrote:
    I have to say - the MSDN interview he did a while back wasn't too good.  It was the questions being asked - this time around, much nicer.

    I read Business at the speed of thought and the one before that one (The road ahead?) - and it was hilarious when we would say stuff like "in 5 years, pcs will be the size of a notebook..." and then it happens in around the time he called it.

    Are you guys sick of me talking about search and bioinformatics yet?  Next interview it would be awesome to hear him call out (give estimates) on some bio/search technology - so we know where to put our time.


    Nata, i'm intrested in your search but your site seems to be devoid of everything at the moment.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    ZippyV wrote:
    Scoble, if you have time for a <5 min. fun video, could you show us the daily (paper) mail Bill Gates receives?


    On the coffeetable outside of his office were a variety of newspapers. Wall Street Journal. New York Times. Seattle PI. And MSDN Magazine (among others, but I only remember the MSDN one).
  • Fantastic - Keep up the good work!
  • ZippyVZippyV Fired Up
    scobleizer wrote:
    ZippyV wrote: Scoble, if you have time for a <5 min. fun video, could you show us the daily (paper) mail Bill Gates receives?


    On the coffeetable outside of his office were a variety of newspapers. Wall Street Journal. New York Times. Seattle PI. And MSDN Magazine (among others, but I only remember the MSDN one).
    I mean fanmail, not the 'normal' stuff! Or is he the first celeb without any fans?
  • Nata1Nata1 .Search - Google Appliance killer
    Benzilla - you mean my site is down? Or there isn't anything good there?

    I have that build a site search in 3.5 minutes video, there's the photos of .Search Alpha II http://nata1.com/photos/.search_alpha_2/default.aspx

    I was thinking about writing some articles again, but... I might be switching gears pretty soon.  i.e. creating some awesome search solutions in Redmond.

    I don't think I'll get to meet Bill next week, but I'll get to meet alot of awesome search engineers who have.  I get to meet the guy who built most of the Index Server!!

    To get into shape I'm building something this weekend with community server, aggregating remote community search (and content) - like Amazon A9 does.

    I had to take the .Search source download down - but maybe I'll do another binary, but I'm done with building search under Nata1, hopefully my next release will have the Microsoft logo on it Big Smile

    For now, you can still use Nata1.2 and Nata1.3, alot of people have gotten it to do anything they've ever needed or wanted to, under 100,000
  • ethanethan .::The right place to be::.

    wow!! Impressive!!

    I have a question for Scoble or another guy of the team.

    Did you give Bill Gates a Nine guy??

    It would be cool if he had one on his desk.. no?Tongue Out

     

  • Nata1Nata1 .Search - Google Appliance killer
    yeah Scoble, next time we expect a photo in the 9 guy gallery, 9 guy in Bill's office.  That would be awesome! Smiley
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    We left one there. Sorry didn't take pictures.
  • JohnAskewJohnAskew 9 girl in pink sweater
    When Gates spoke about whether programming jobs will be shipped overseas as the norm...

    "That's a tough question"




    yeah.
  • piyushpatel wrote:

    scobleizer,

    good interview.

    if you can take pain to compact the video than it can save lots of bandwidth and time. unfortunately not all are sitting on 2 mbps connections.



    2 mbps? Yeah, I remember when I only had 2 mpbs. Even now I was getting impatient waiting almost three minutes for the video to download. Tongue Out

    Good job on the video, by the way, keep up the good work.
  • I had no idea there were that many different shades of beige!Wink
  • Rob, great job and very open interviwee.

    So Glad our big boss mentioned "Biology". I am from biology bg and got into computer programming 16+ yrs ago accidentally via doing a biological expt in one of my papers. I believe there's a great future for growth in the fields of AI and more so in the areas of understanding how human brain works. Marrying s/w w/ the knowledge of inner workings of human brain, will enable us to creating TRUE autonomous systems or robots.

    I was reading a book titled, "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins. This book is a great door opener to how little we know of our own brain. We will start seeing more aggressive activity in this field in the near future.

    After all, we're only as powerful, intelligent as our s/w Smiley

    Thanks for this great interview.

    iCar-Man

     

  • Nata1Nata1 .Search - Google Appliance killer
    only 40,000 views, 100 replies. Common Scoble, we gotta get those numbers up.  The Balmer video had lots more, but Bill actually knows what he's talking about. 

    I want to see Bill get back into the tech side of things - moreso than ever.  IMHO, if there was one thing that is critical to this company, its seeing Bill come off strong on the tech side.

    One area I would love to see (as I'm working through this myself now) is RSS compared to WebServices - next time I'd love to see you pop the question!  I know what RSS is roughly, how I use it in my apps, and in Search - but I want to know what it Really is - and I know that any answer from Bill is never going to be BS.

    The nice thing about Bill is the fact that we never get BS.  No-one can debate that one Smiley and if you want to debate that, well, we can Big Smile

    I never drank the Microsoft Coolaid.  RSS - what is it? How come I'm using it in my apps over web services, is it really the right way to go?
  • Nata1Nata1 .Search - Google Appliance killer
    iCar-Man wrote:

    Rob, great job and very open interviwee.

    So Glad our big boss mentioned "Biology". I am from biology bg and got into computer programming 16+ yrs ago accidentally via doing a biological expt in one of my papers. I believe there's a great future for growth in the fields of AI and more so in the areas of understanding how human brain works. Marrying s/w w/ the knowledge of inner workings of human brain, will enable us to creating TRUE autonomous systems or robots.

    I was reading a book titled, "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins. This book is a great door opener to how little we know of our own brain. We will start seeing more aggressive activity in this field in the near future.

    After all, we're only as powerful, intelligent as our s/w

    Thanks for this great interview.

    iCar-Man

     



    iCar-Man! Send me an email if you  read this - Biology/AI is my main focus right now, I'd love to chat with you and introduce you to the community!  my name is Paul, domain is Nata1.com
  • Nice interview, Bill Gates has greate visions of the future. He really seems to be a good person too, being a big anthropist. Anyways you should find out what his computer specs are and what Operating system he runs. Would it be the lastest Vista build or XP 2k3, maybe even MCE?

  • Nata1 wrote:
    only 40,000 views, 100 replies. Common Scoble, we gotta get those numbers up. 

    As long as you're a it get my numbers up too, Bill's currently running about 6.33:1 over me and I'd like be closer.

  • KhamulKhamul Death by Escape Key
    kettch wrote:

     
    2 mbps? Yeah, I remember when I only had 2 mpbs. Even now I was getting impatient waiting almost three minutes for the video to download.



    Telstra Broadband is shocking. Sad
  • Tommy CarlierTommyCarlier Widen your gaze
    I really liked this interview. The things he said about software reminded me about why I'm in software, and take away my doubts about the meaning, the point and the usefulness of my job.
  • piyushpatel wrote:
    unfortunately not all are sitting on 2 mbps connections.

    Aw, how I would hate to only have 2 Mbps!!!
    Where I live, the minimum people have these days is 3,3 Mbps.
    I have 100 Mbps at work, and a 10 Mbps at home.

    Downloading the video took exactly 32 secs. Smiley

    So compressing it more would be a bad thing for us, I like these higher quality videos!
    Only solution to keep everyone happy is to offer 2 download versions.
  • Wayne TaylorKryptos Backup People!

    Cool Video - We done Scoble and the C9 Team!

    When you next visit could you ask how he feels when demos bomb/crash on him, does he accept it?

    Also could you ask if you Microsoft could work with Sky over here in the UK to better intergate with Windows MCE. I want to see a Sky card with dual tuners on it and a USB card reader for the subscription service.

    I always feel that the UK is an after thought when it comes to some technogles from the States.

    Why is XP Pro/Home, Offce so expensive? Can MS real justify the cost?

    Great video and would like to see more......

  • Very good, but it could have been more technical.  Bill Gates' personal side has been explored already.  I'm really interested in his opinions and vision. 
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy

    >more technical

    I'd love to, but in 15 minutes you're not going to get in depth on nearly any topic. And, like Bill said, if you want to get technical it's far better to get technical with the guys who are building a technology than with him or other execs.

  • Another nice video...congrats.

    It's good that he still has a sort of "hunger" about software, and wants to make it better. That shows that he hasn't lost his interest.  It's also refreshing to see that he is very aware of what is going on in the lower levels of his company.  Some CEOs, presidents, etc. really don't have a clue.

    Array microphones!

    Sorry, the electronics engineering part of me reawakened for a moment.

    "Taking on Oracle" ... Oracle's stock...quick check...is it dropping? LOL

    Reign of the Geek...I think the space folks still fall into this category. 

    Like Karim said..."stack overflow!" on the "What would you ask?" question. LOL

    Speaking of going into schools...why is it every school I ever go into has either a lab full of Macs or old Apple II machines?

    As much as I hate to be the bad guy in all this...I'll repeat what I've always said about security and software...until you deal with it at the hardware level and make it a complete pain for people to try to come up with workarounds...good luck.

  • Cool!

    I'm not sure I like the whole automation stuff though. As much of a geek as I am I still think some things should be left to humans to do. And I'm a bit skeptic about speech recognition... it's nice, but I type faster than I talk. Talking to machines is pretty embarrassing.

    In any case, I love how he believes that computers are for people to use, not just geeks. So few geeks these days bother to look at the big picture. Really refreshing to listen to people like him talk.

    And man... I'm so curious what Bill does on Linux!

    Thanks Scoble!
  • TensorTensor Im in yr house upgrading yr family
    So I go on Holiday for two weeks, and promise myself I'll stay off C9. I mean, I'll miss a bit, but I can catch up. What big stuff can I possibly miss?

    DOH!

  • Much better interview!  You're mostly doing a better job suppressing the nervous laughter, Mr. Scoble.
  • Barry Andrew HallPace What do you see?
    Awesome video... been a long time coming...

    I love the bit around 5:50 where Bill is describing just what MS is tackling and where they are tackling other vendors. The sheer look of relax and excitement on his face as he blatently says: "We pick the hard ones..."
  • TravisOwensTravisOwens Life is short, drink hard.
    >> Jamie said "There should be some sort of monthly - bullet point
    >> exec memo "The best of Channel 9" - that they must read -
    >> so they are at least briefed on the major threads and
    >> discussions - maybe just the top 5".

    That's the best idea I've heard on here for improving the site.

    There should be a two types of noteable videos, "Most Watched" links that have a date cutoff of 30 days, calculated by diving the total number of views by the number of days since posting.  As then "Most Popular", which is tallied by what posts have the most forum chatter.  Both of which could be top 5s, making a totol of a top 10 list.

    And the coder who can somehow merge these two lists and order them intelligently is a sharp coder.


  • Comic Strip BloggerComic Strip Blogger My banana is powered by Windows Mobile!
    W3bbo wrote:

    I do'nt know about you, but I actually like the lack of advertising and public awareness of smartphones.

    If they did, then Jamster would be all over it.

    IMO, Smartphones should be relegated to "business" grade phones and nothing else. I do NOT want to see Crazy Frog adverts with an option for Microsoft Smartphones.


    You don't understand: mobile phone industry is not the same as Office software or operating systems or databases. Crazy Frog is bad and Jamster is evil (because Jamster woos people to get one game for free but in reality they fool them into full subscription that often remains hidden - I have fallen for this trap myself once) - I agree - but advertising Windows Mobile phones (or Symbian phones) is not the same as Crazy Frog advertisements. The fact is that Microsoft's competition spends hundreds of millions of USD on advertisements of symbian phones, and Microsoft obviously has no such money for advertisement of Windows Mobile only, but I think that plugging of Windows Mobile phones into advertisments of other Microsoft products could help a lot.

    Anyway I liked it when Bill G said "we take on nokia" - he clealry understands that it is not battle against symbian (that is just a puppet of nokia) but against nokia itself.

    BTW: speaking of Tablet PC: if Bill Gates is left-handed (as I am) then I wonder why there is no way to select "left-handed mode" in Tablet PC OS, so that all scroll bars should be on the left side (not right side as usual)? The only answer I can imagine: Bill Gates is not using Tablet PCs really often...

    Summarizing I think that in next interview with Bill Gates Scoble should ask him: a) how Microsoft can counter big advertisemnt campaigns, big marketing power, of nokia, in the view that Microsoft makes only software - Windows Mobile - and marketing of Windows Mobile phones is tiny, b) why Tablet PC is not adaptable for left-handed people ? are you left handed?

    yo!

  • reinux wrote:

    And I'm a bit skeptic about speech recognition... it's nice, but I type faster than I talk. Talking to machines is pretty embarrassing.


    You're right, it is embarrassing for us, but I think that will be a generational thing. People were scared of telephones before the following generation adopted them. Keyboards will always be more efficient in certain situations for certain tasks, but I really look forward to being able to control the basic functions of my PC/home by casually issuing commands... speech recognition will have its place.

    reinux wrote:

    In any case, I love how he believes that computers are for people to use, not just geeks. So few geeks these days bother to look at the big picture. Really refreshing to listen to people like him talk.


    I think that's one of the big problems of Linux, it's developed by geeks for geeks. Sometimes I wonder if they even want regular users coming into their world. Until that issue is addressed, Linux is never going to hit the mainstream IMO.

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    It's a trip around the vlogosphere.
  • byronbyron strike1
    :)Scoble, You make Dreams Come True, Sorry but, I was over the Moon when I saw Bill, A little dream come true for me since 1985,
    working on my first computing in london with DOS, etc.....Im amazed
    since the advent of the web, we can see Mr.Gates as never before,
    Great to See Bill and all very happy, after all those years since the beginning of our computing, Im personnally always developing on and around windows and inside,,,,,,,,,,,Bill is a Great man, great chance to see him in true colour,,:)I hope the world is O.K ,Now.Wink
  • hi!! superb video, recently read the book "The Road Ahead" by BillG & i feel this video is a shorter version of that.
  • s_jethas_jetha 'Will it run on my 486?'
    He may be the richest guy in the world.
    He may have been the boss of the largest company in the world.
    He may be in the fastest growing industry in the world.
    He may know his industry inside-out and back-to-front.

    But at the end of the day, he's a geek.
    #1 reason why I love Microsoft Smiley

  • s_jetha wrote:
    He may be the richest guy in the world.
    He may have been the boss of the largest company in the world.
    He may be in the fastest growing industry in the world.
    He may know his industry inside-out and back-to-front.

    But at the end of the day, he's a geek.
    #1 reason why I love Microsoft


    Amen.
  • (edited out by Charles)

  • Bill,
    Please tell Imran to upgrade my MSN Hotmail account to Windows Live Mail. Please help me because I really know that the full absolute authority belongs to you! My email is lovedbright@hotmail.com. Thank you very much.

  • My favorite technology is Tablet PC's i mean damn those things rock, i got salesmen from a manufacturere going around their clients with these tablets, giving quotes etc... the only thing i would love to see is more speech technology breakthroughs...
  • Superlatively great !! :PEnjoyed watching this chat session with Bill !!
    Looking forward to yours next Wink

    great job guys !!
  • Wow...

    Kind of strange.  I would expect this from Scott (sun), maybe from Steve (apple), not from Larry (Oracle), and I did not think Bill would do something like this.

     

     

  • That was a really great interview! Thanks to Channel9 and Bill for this wonderful peak into the world of Microsoft. I enjoyed the personal touch and felt like I was in the room. My mind couldn't help but think of the questions that I would ask Mr. Gates. I would ask if he ever thinks about Apple's Knowledge Navigator from the 80's-an awesome proposal which incorporates a lot of his thoughts on where computers should be, and are headed. I also would have asked if he has any pet personal programming projects that he likes to do on his own, my mind was thinking of him leaving the interview, and if he were to allowed given his busy schedule, does he ever toy around and have fun programming, all on his own, just for fun. I loved how he hit the nail on the head expressing that Channel9 is providing a vehicle for all types of people to see that Microsoft personnel are really just people, gifted people, but nontheless are real people that do think and feel. It was nice to see him speak that way and let his hair down. Very refreshing!
  • Hi. I Hope you can help me. I have a project for school, and I was wondering if I could get permission to use your video on my presentation on Bill Gates. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    Kristi
  • jamie wrote:
    scobleizer wrote:
    > Heck, I had to argue that Channel 9 was as important as talking to the Rolling Stone.



    which one? Mick?
    http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=111598
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    Nice interview thanks :D

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