Deconstructing Gates

I’m here at the Microsoft MVP Summit in Seattle. Sorry, no amazing Podcasting news to give you (yet at least, right, I mean, I can always hope) but I had a few thoughts during Gate’s presentation to the 1700+ of us in attendance. Nothing confidential or secret here, just some thoughts on the man who put a face on software when Scoble was still in elementary school.

Here are some snippets that should get your attention:

Video, in a sense, is the final frontier.

Video on the Xbox, video on the Zune, Windows Movie Maker at version 3, Media Center part of most of the Vista installs, etc.

Podcasting is next. It has to be. Giants are slow, but they are giants. When it happens, and it will happen, it will be big.

Will you be ready?

I’m into the low price / high volume element of this thing.

Microsoft has always positioned themselves as software for the “average” guy. My Mom still likes Microsoft more than she does Apple. There are a lot of people who feel that way. That’s their demographic.

Podcasting is that demographic – once we get out of the Mac verus PC arguments.

We have a few areas where we are just one of the players.

I can tell you without breaking any NDAs that Microsoft knows that Podcasts exist. It would be silly to think otherwise.

The question is what will their response be?

Finally, I noticed something in Gates presentation as untechnical and as ungeeky as is humanly possible.

There were questions about everything from the audience. You can guess the subjects and would probably do very well.

But when questions were asked about the Gates Foundation, I saw an entirely different Gates.

Don’t get me wrong, this guy knows computing in some amazing ways and has had a tremendous impact on the industry.

But when he talked about vaccines and poverty, the ‘real needs’ of the poor and the other elements of his foundation (he just might retire before Microsoft ever announces their Podcasting strategy), there was a peace on his face, a passion that inspired me. It was like night and day.

And do I dare say, that passion inpired me more than his software ever did.

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