Ten years ought to be enough for anybody
Once again, Bill Gates has seen the future. The Microsoft chairman
now claims that in ten years, "you
can almost think of hardware as being free,"
bottleneck of network and server power will be eliminated. Over the
next decade, Gates believes that many of the long-standing "holy
grails" of computing, such as quality speech recognition, will be achieved,
allowing people to talk to every device. He also believes programmers
will develop software more quickly by working with visual
representations of its inner workings, eliminating tedious lines of
On the subject of software development's pace at Microsoft
itself, Gates said that the next-generation Longhorn OS would not
be shoved out the door to make a deadline, but speculation of a 2006
release is probably valid, and that Microsoft's project to contain spam
is still on track to debut that same year, reiterating an earlier pronouncement.