Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mix06: Bill Gates, Aber Whitcom, Ashley Highfield and Tim O'Reilly

Microsoft has the transcript from Bill Gate's Mix06 keynote address.

From the transcript:

Bill Gates: "Many of the things we're going to talk about are really falling into two categories. First, it's the experience through the browser, and as you've seen there's a lot of substantial change there including some tools that we've just come up with that you'll get your hands on that will make that substantially richer than ever before. And then, second, is beyond the browser, where you are actually exchanging data with rich code, the client is not on a phone, or a Media Center PC, or any of the target devices."

Aber Whitcom, CTO, MySpace: "I thought I'd start by bragging about some of our numbers. Business is booming, MySpace has 65 million registered members, and that's growing at 260,000 members every day. In February we had 38 million unique views, and 23 billion page views. In fact, Media Metrics tells us that we're the No. 2-trafficked site on the Internet, passing Google, eBay, and just recently MSN."

Ashley Highfield, BBC: "Just as a little comparison, it costs us around about 7 million pounds a year to distribute one of our TV channels over the airwaves, over digital terrestrial. It's about a tenth that much, about 700,000 to distribute a channel over satellite. And using the latest technologies, peer-to-peer and multicasting, we can get that cost down by another factor of ten down to around about 70,000. So if the audience is there and the demand is really there, then for us the Internet, just looking at that, that television slice, is a hugely compelling platform for us."

Tim O'Reilly: "So moving on to another aspect of Web 2.0, one point that I have made repeatedly is that one of the key concepts that's different about network applications is that they get better the more people use them. Every time somebody makes the link on a Web site, and I think it was Scoble who made this point originally, at least in my awareness, they are contributing to a site like Google or any search engine, because it's the users making links that is the raw material of the whole search Web. And in a similar way, every time somebody tags a photo in Flickr or a Web site in, they're basically making the application better for everyone else."

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