is a disease that is hard to talk about. The ideal thing would be to
have a 100 percent effective AIDS vaccine.
As you improve health
in a society, population growth goes down. You know, I thought it was...
before I learned about it, I thought it was paradoxical.
At Microsoft there
are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from
the top - I'm afraid that's not quite right.
Capitalism is this
wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions
to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it's
really let us down.
DOS is ugly and
interferes with users' experience.
Hey, I never told
anyone to buy my stock! Besides, no one is less happy than I am with
the performance of Microsoft stock! I've lost tens of billions of dollars
this year-if you check, you'll see that that's more than most people
make in a lifetime!
I actually thought
that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life
to be in one meeting when you're trying to make money, and then go to
another meeting where you're giving it away.
I believe that if
you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will
be moved to act.
I do think this
next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you
don't just think, yes my country is doing well, but you think about
the world at large.
(Chiron in Aquarius)
I don't think there's
anything unique about human intellience. All the nuerons in the brain
that make up perceptions and emotions operate in a binary fashion.
(Venus conjunct Saturn)
I have 100 billion dollars... You realize I could spend 3 million dollars
a day, every day, for the next 100 years? And that's if I don't make
another dime. Tell you what-I'll buy your right arm for a million dollars.
I give you a million bucks, and I get to sever your arm right here.
I have drifted away
from thinking about these philanthropic things. And it was only as the
wealth got large enough and Melinda and I had talked about the view
that that wealth wasn't something that would be good to just pass to
I mean, if we said
right now, there's somebody in the next room who's dying, let's all
go save their life, you know, everybody would just get up immediately
and go get involved in that.
I think it's fair
to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool
we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of
creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
I'm sorry that we
have to have a Washington presence. We thrived during our first 16 years
without any of this. I never made a political visit to Washington and
we had no people here. It wasn't on our radar screen. We were just making
In the decade ahead
I can predict that we will provide over twice the productivity improvement
that we provided in the '90s.
and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody
can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
(Mercury & Mars in Libra)
Is the rich world
aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware,
we would want to help out, we'd want to get involved.
It's been shown
that most people download viruses unwittingly - they don't know they're
doing it until it's too late. That's what I mean here. We're talking
about protecting the consumer.
Just in terms of
allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's
a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Let's face it, the
average computer user has the brain of a Spider Monkey.
Like almost everyone
who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers
to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it
weren't so exciting.
Microsoft is not
about greed. It's about innovation and fairness.
(Mars, Mercury & Neptune in Libra)
Oh, I think there
are a lot of people who would be buying and selling online today that
go up there and they get the information, but then when it comes time
to type in their credit card they think twice because they're not sure
about how that might get out and what that might mean for them.
People always fear
change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they?
People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will always
be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will
come to accept their silicon masters.
Security is, I would
say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be
able to do with computers - organizing your lives, staying in touch
with people, being creative - if we don't solve these security problems,
then people will hold back.
Since when has the
world of computer software design been about what people want? This
is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every
knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary
gods for mercy.
So we do software
for watches, for phones, for TV sets, for cars. And some of these take
a long time to catch on.
Success is a lousy
teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
The browser space
that we are in we have about 90 percent. Sure, Firefox has come along,
and the press love the idea of that. Our commitment is to keep our browser
that competes with Firefox to be the best browser - best in security,
best in features.
The first rule of
any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient
operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation
applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
The huge turnout
for Live 8 here and around the world proves that thanks to the leadership
from people like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown the world is beginning
to demand more action on global health and poverty.
(Cancer Ascendant. North Node in 6th house.)
The Internet will
help achieve "friction free capitalism" by putting buyer and
seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about
The reason you see
open source there at all is because we came in and said there should
be a platform that's identical with millions and millions of machines.
The two areas that
are changing... are information technology and medical technology. Those
are the things that the world will be very different 20 years from now
than it is today.
The U.S. couldn't
even get rid of Saddam Hussein. And we all know that the EU is just
a passing fad. They'll be killing each other again in less than a year.
I'm sick to death of all these fascist lawsuits.
There are people
who don't like capitalism, and people who don't like PCs. But there's
no-one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft.
There are some things
that we are always thinking about. For example, when will speech recognition
be good enough for everybody to use that? And we have made a lot more
progress this year on that. I think we will surprise people a bit on
how well we will do on our speech recognition.
There is a certain
responsibility that accrued to me when I got to this unexpected position.
There's always a
tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography. The laws
for online publishing the same as for print-based publishing, where
if you're hosting certain types of things and somebody notifies you
We are not even
close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
(Neptune conjunct Sun)
We've got to put
a lot of money into changing behavior.
What we're really
after is simply that people acquire a legal license for Windows for
each computer they own before they move on to Linux or Sun Solaris or
BSD or OS/2 or whatever.
When the PC was
launched, people knew it was important.
When you want to
do your homework, fill out your tax return, or see all the choices for
a trip you want to take, you need a full-size screen.
Whether it's Google
or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and
it keeps us on our toes.
Windows 2000 already
contains features such as the human discipline component, where the
PC can send an electric shock through the keyboard if the human does
something that does not please Windows.
You see, antiquated
ideas of kindness and generosity are simply bugs that must be programmed
out of our world. And these cold, unfeeling machines will show us the
Your most unhappy
customers are your greatest source of learning.
640K ought to be
enough for anybody.
Often you just have
to rely on your intuition.
“[Smart] is an elusive concept. There's a certain sharpness, an
ability to absorb new facts. To ask an insightful question. To relate
to domains that may not seem connected at first. A certain creativity
that allows people to be effective.” quote
not fair; get used to it.” quote
(Saturn in Scorpio)
“If you give
people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity,
they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond
what you might have expected.” quote
to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.” quote
is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating
them, the teacher is the most important.” quote
“As we look
ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
“If you can't
make it good, at least make it look good.” quote
(Sun in Scorpio in 5th house)
“If you think
your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.”
“I'm a great
believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects
in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve
the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.” quote
overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate
the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled
into inaction.” quote
(Aries Moon. Uranus in Leo in 1st house.)
a new standard it takes something that's not just a little bit different.
It takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination.
And the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one
that meets that standard.” quote
demand a high level of commitment by the people involved.” quote
not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you find yourself.” quote
at the beginning of what we have to do here.” quote
to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of
“If GM had
kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all
be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG” quote
has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.”
had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that
grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.” quote
were saying, 'How can we keep this customer happy?' How can we get ahead
in innovation by doing this, because if we don't, somebody else will.”
a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business
is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last
is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information
about what's going on so they can do a lot more than they've done in
the past.” quote
is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”
(Uranus in 1st house)
business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to
save yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone.”
(Moon in Aries. Cancer Ascendant.)
is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee
shop and go to jobs.” quote
property has the shelf life of a banana.” quote
about 10 years ago that my wealth has to go back to society. A fortune,
the size of which is hard to imagine, is best not passed on to one's
children. It's not constructive for them.” quote
“If I'd had
some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed
it years ago?” quote
“As I look
forward, I'm very optimistic about the things I see ahead.” quote
educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned
up, there is no shortage of things to do.” quote
“I like my
job because it involves learning. I like being around smart people who
are trying to figure out new things. I like the fact that if people
really try they can figure out how to invent things that actually have
an impact.” quote
spends their life on a computer is pretty unusual.” quote
was founded with a vision of a computer on every desk, and in every
home. We've never wavered from that vision.” quote
no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number
of users want fixed” quote
way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study
great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to
the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings
of their operating system.” quote
all students start off with incredible ability and curiosity, and if
they're given the opportunity to pursue that, if they're given a chance
to see the neat things about the world in terms that they can appreciate
and enjoy, that their abilities will be reinforced and that we'll really
achieve so much more potential out of the great students we have than
we do today.” quote
“If we weren't
still hiring great people and pushing ahead at full speed, it would
be easy to fall behind and become a mediocre company.” quote
“I'd be happy
if I could think that the role of the library was sustained and even
enhanced in the age of the computer.” quote
toy, but what a waste of time.”
luca Bill Gates quote
is a great combination between artistry and engineering. When you finally
get done and get to appreciate what you have done it is like a part
of yourself that you've put together. I think a lot of the people here
feel that way.” quote
one cultural quality we have, it's that we always see ourselves as an
(Mars in Libra)
always know whether you are on the Internet or on your PC's hard drive.
Tomorrow, you will not care and may not even know.” quote
mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor
large prime numbers” quote
in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so
short a time.” quote
who resist change will be confronted by the growing number of people
who see that better ways...are available thanks to technology.”
taking PCs and the Internet to new heights. They're the ones that are
designing the cutting-edge web sites.” quote
on providing innovations in software, driving the continuous improvements
for a much better experience, and there's a lot going on here that speaks
to this decade and what's going to happen in this decade. We can kind
of sum it up in terms of saying, "Yes, you can."” quote
of fast food and deep understanding of the culture of fast food, I'm
your man.” quote
every company will be going out and empowering their workers with a
certain set of tools, and the big difference in how much value is received
from that will be how much the company steps back and really thinks
through their business processes…thinking through how their business
can change, how their project management, their customer feedback, their
planning cycles can be quite different than they ever were before.”
“If you get
health, then you have opportunity for literacy. Health first, then literacy.
Once you have literacy, then you have a chance to bring in the new tools
of communication. Let people reach out and have access to the latest
software enables you to shift human resources from rote data collection
to value-added customer service and support where the human touch makes
a profound difference.” quote