Gates says hardware will be free

Aron Schatz
March 30, 2004
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In ten years hardware will be free. So Windows will be the major price for a computer costing up to $600 or more to make up the cost. Chips and tangible items have a real world value to make. On the other hand, software is written once and copied again and again.


"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 Monday at a symposium in San Diego, referring to networked computers and advances in the Internet's speed.


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