Bill Gates Reveals His Biggest Regret
Gates showed his funnier and wittier side to some usual, some conflicting questions. When asked what do people give you for your birthday, given that you can buy anything you want? Gates said, “Free software. Just kidding. Books actually.” And when was asked a conflicting question about if he prefers Windows 7 or Windows 8, he replied: "Higher is better."
And the thing that takes cream of the crop about Gates being funny is— "Since becoming wealthy, what's the cheapest thing that gives you the most pleasure?" He replied "Kids. Cheap cheeseburgers. Open Course Ware courses,” and then obviously bewildered questioner asked "Where are you acquiring these cheap kids from?" Gates replied "The stork."
Could computing is a relatively recent phenomenon, but Gates had wanted to bring it mainstream a few years early with the 2007 release of Windows Vista. When asked what one Microsoft program or product that was never fully developed or released do you wish had made it to market? Gates said “We had a rich database as the client/cloud store that was part of a Windows release that was before its time. This is an idea that will remerge since your cloud store will be rich with schema rather than just a bunch of files and the client will be a partial replica of it with rich schema understanding.”
Gates was referencing WinFS, or Windows Future Storage. The idea behind WinFS was to integrate some relational database technologies with the Windows File System. In its early (codename "Cairo") days, WinFS was key to Microsoft's plans to create a true, object-oriented file store.
At one point, Microsoft was touting WinFS as one of the key components Windows Vista/Longhorn. Then the Longhorn reset happened and Microsoft ended up rolling out bits of WinFS as components of SQL Server and other database-focused deliverables.
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