Bill Gates talks Cloud Computing, tees up Ozzie nicely


I’ve been reading as much of the Bill Gates departure coverage as I can over the last week or so – I’m a huge fan of Bill and it’s fascinating to see the genuine respect for him from many quarters.

I particularly enjoyed the PC Magazine Bill Gates Exit Interview, especially the section on The Power and Problems of the Cloud. Bill talks about the similarities between Cloud Computing and timesharing and says

“Those of us who grew up with time sharing understand going back to timesharing, even with great capacity, is not that great.”


He then connects with his inner geek and talk about sub-routines, Google Earth and performance and notes that

“In the extreme case, we can take somebody's data center and run it for them on the cloud. All the issues about administrative, capacity, who owns the data, what happens when things go wrong, when people are getting error messages, that's cloud computing and there is a lot of deep invention and work. I would say we are investing more in letting businesses use cloud computers than anyone is, and we have some brilliant projects that Ray Ozzie will be talking about more over the next year.”

It’s a great insight in to Bill’s view on Cloud Computing and he tees Ray Ozzie up nicely for the PDC with


The thing we're doing that Ray Ozzie will talk about later this year at the PDC is how you make it easy to write those programs that are high-scale running in cloud data centers in a way that you really understand what is going on.

In several videos and interviews, Bill has laid the foundation for the services era that Ray is leading.


Comments (2)

  1. Cloud Computing is so not like timesharing its hard to know where to start. Classic Bill, broken analogy followed by broken thinking, followed by "microsoft will make it all better".

    Bill’s not stupid, even if he had a cloud computing play, the economics of channel conflict would kill Microsoft. I’d pooh pooh the concepts in the same way if I had nothing else to fire at the competition.

    LiveMesh is not cloud computing, its another platform to lock in desktop sales to my eye.

    Microsoft’s challenge is to admit that the cash returns of Windows and Microsoft Office are being consistently eroded on several fronts (Linux, OS-X, OpenOffice, Google Office to name a few) and a transition of the size that moved Microsoft onto the web is required.

    Is Ballmer up to that task?

    Hmm, time will tell, but so far, no good…

  2. stevecla01 says:

    good to see you sitting on the fence there Joe 😉

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