Bill Gates: Hardware to Be Nearly Free in 10 Years

Bill Gates feels that hardware costs will drop so low, it will almost be FREE compared to the breadth of software and data it carries.
Washington Post reads Hardware costs will fall sharply within a decade to the point where widespread computing with speech and handwriting won’t be limited by expensive technology, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said on Monday.
“Ten years out, in terms of actual hardware costs you can almost think of hardware as being free — I’m not saying it will be absolutely free — but in terms of the power of the servers, the power of the network will not be a limiting factor,” Gates said, referring to networked computers and advances in the speed of the Internet.
Microsoft has often been at odds with the computer hardware industry over the last 20 years, given the dominant position it holds through the lock on PCs it has through its Windows operating system.
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