Loc: Yuba City, California
The CES 2008 keynote was interesting as usual. Fortunately for Bill Gates and Microsoft there were no glitches or embarrassing moments, unlike the 2005 CES where gremlins plagued every Microsoft demonstration and Conan O'Brien also took a few cheap shots at him and the company. <br><br>The keynote tonight was basically an extended infomercial for Microsoft products but it also signaled the end of Gates' participation in this event. He will retire in July as he steps down officially as Microsoft's Chairman.<br><br>As is Microsoft's style, they talked up all of the remarkable things they have in store for the industry but will not be available just yet. A couple of the more notable Robbie Bach quotes:<br><br>"Windows Mobile today outsells Blackberry, outsells iPhone. We're on pace this fiscal year to sell 20 million phones..."<br><br>"Media Center continues it success, is on the vast majority of the 100 million plus Vista PCs in the market today."<br><br>Bill Gates also stated that there were 100 million copies of Vista in the market.<br><br>To kick off the show tonight some friends of Bill Gates got together to make a video in order to bid a fond farewell to him as he retires. It's on my site for viewing. YouTube keeps messing up the soundtrack so I decided not to post it there. It's 15 MBs in size but for those of you on broadband, it loads pretty quick.<br><br>Linko<br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by G4Dualie on 01/07/08 00:07 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
Thanks for the report Michael<br><br>As for Windows Mobile outselling - well the crap comes pre-loaded on most crap phones - ya don't have a choice.<br><br>[color:blue]"Media Center continues it success, is on the vast majority of the 100 million plus Vista PCs in the market today."</font color=blue> <-- correct me if I am wrong but is not media center = pre-loaded crap as well ?? After all Gates said it him self [color:blue]Bill Gates also stated that there were 100 million copies of Vista in the market.</font color=blue> - crap on crap - but I did hear stories that the crap does taste good this time around.<br><br><br><br>
Loc: Yuba City, California
<br><br>"In its first full quarter of sales, the iPhone has already climbed past Microsoft’s entire lineup of Windows Mobile smartphones in North America, according to figures compiled by Canalys and published by Symbian. That puts the iPhone ahead of smartphones running Symbian, Linux, and the Palm OS, but behind the first place RIM BlackBerry. The figures mesh with retail sales data already reported by NPD, which similarly described the size of the US market with a 27% chunk bit out by Apple’s iPhone." — Daniel Eran Dilger<br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)
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