Bill Gates, in an interview with Associated Press, explained why he believes the software and hardware camps need to work even closer as computers become more integrated into our lives…
“Gates described the relationship between the two technology branches as a partnership, not just Microsoft dictating to the hardware industry designs that meet its specifications. The end result, said Gates, is to maintain the competition and diversity that have defined the yin and yang of hardware and software for more than 20 years. ‘What we’re doing is saying let’s have the best of both worlds,’ he said. ‘Let’s not give up the PC model of many people making different choices and putting those into the marketplace, but let’s get rid of some of the impedance created by the organizational boundary between us and those partners,'” reports Matthew Fordahl of The Associated Press.
Currently, of the major platforms, only Apple creates both the hardware and operating system under one roof, controlling ‘the entire widget,” as Steve Jobs is fond of saying.
Later in the interview, “Gates applauded what appears to be a thawing of the music industry’s frosty relationship with the high-tech industry, specifically the more liberal licensing of music through Apple Computer Inc.’s new iTunes Music Store. Gates said Microsoft looks forward to creating services on the same terms through its MSN online service. ‘We think we can help the labels and shift behavior toward the legitimate purchase,’ he said, ‘now that flexibility has gone up,'” reports Fordahl.
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