Bill Gates, Chrome OS, Natal, Wave

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Bill Gates talks about Natal the way the Google people talk about Wave. Natal is Microsoft's next big thing, Wave is Google's. I get the impression the two pushes go on to further reinforce the image that Microsoft is a PC company, and Google is a web company. In Microsoft's world vision, the web is one of the many features your PC has, in Google's vision, the PC gets in the way o

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f the web sometimes, and all the action that matters is on the web.

In Chrome OS the two visions collide. The naysayers have come out saying it is not easy to build an operating system. But I think a company that can give us Android can give us an operating system, on schedule. It is not to be completely Google's undertaking anyway. Google might be leading the effort, but it is to be open source.

So far the PC's selling point has been that there are some things you just can't do in a browser. HTML 5 and beyond will hollow out that argument, I think. Just a few more innovation cycles and the desktop is going to start to look poor in terms of all the features and functionalities it can't offer.

If the PC can do 3D, so can the browser, if the PC can do voice recognition, so can the browser, down the line.

The PC will not disappear. The ecosystem will evolve in a way that the PC will still be around, it is just it will no longer be the center of the universe.
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