Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting.
The television revolution that began half a century ago spawned a number of industries, including the manufacturing of TV sets, but the long-term winners were those who used the medium to deliver information and entertainment.
When it comes to an interactive network such as the Internet, the definition of “content” becomes very wide.
For example, computer software is a form of content-an extremely important one, and the one that for Microsoft will remain by far the most important.
Bill Gates founded Microsoft on the dream of putting a computer in every home and office.
He says he built his company on the belief that technology, creativity and intelligence can change the world.
Computers have transformed how we learn, giving kids everywhere a window into all of the world’s knowledge.
They’re helping us build communities around the things we care about and to stay close to the people who are important to us, no matter where they are.
So when I sat down at a computer for the first time in seventh grade, I was hooked.
It was a clunky old Teletype machine and it could barely do anything compared to the computers we have today. When my friend Paul Allen and I started Microsoft 30 years ago, we had a vision of “a computer on every desk and in every home,” which probably sounded a little too optimistic at a time when most computers were the size of refrigerators.