Engadget Interviews Bill Gates, Part 1

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Engadget has part 1 of their recent Bill Gates interview up here. While there aren’t any major secrets revealed here, he does give some insight into the future of the XBox and Windows Mobile.

My favorite bit:

With phones over time you won’t have to think, okay the trade-ups are just to make this a business device or just to consumer device. And some of the really interesting stuff, like where you take a photo and it recognizes that that’s a sign you want translated or that’s an address you want to see a map related to, or it’s an expense report so you just OCR it and get it into expense software. The kind of automatic behavior that can come out of deep software running on the phone, that plays to our strength. I’d say the same thing to you about the phone as the video game. Why did we get into video games? Because we saw a huge software component in tools, run times, and applications. Likewise on phones we’re able to get our partners’ hardware capability from many different partners— Motorola, Samsung, a lot of companies around Asia—and then we bring the connection to Office, the connection to the PC into of that. So we’re just at the beginning of our mobile phone thing, because speech recognition, visual recognition, and data is just beginning to be a meaningful thing in terms of phone usage. Mail, yes. That’s started. But data is just getting reasonably priced.

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