Two years from now, spam will be solved.
The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.
Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.
Customers want high quality at low prices and they want it now.
Competition is always a fantastic thing, and the computer industry is intensely competitive.
I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyor belt... They made their way through the machine... A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water.
Kenya's M-Pesa proves that when people are empowered, they will use digital tech to innovate on their own behalf.
There is competition, .. Can any Microsoft endure future competition without innovation? The answer is no. We've got to keep changing.
Microsoft's only factory asset is the human imagination.
Sometimes we do get taken by surprise. For example, when the Internet came along, we had it as a fifth or sixth priority.
We had planned to integrate a Web browser with our operating system as far back as 1993( filing its first court responses to federal antitrust).
(In response to Java) Anybody who thinks a little 9,000-line program that's distributed free and can be cloned by anyone is going to affect anything we do at Microsoft has his head screwed on wrong.
Microsoft Products are Generally Bug Free.
The Internet? We are not interested in it.
I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.
Software is the magic thing whose importance only goes up over time.
We flew down weekly to meet with IBM, but they thought the way to measure software was the amount of code we wrote, when really the better the software, the fewer lines of code.
If you say to people that there's less violence today than in the past, they would be stunned to hear that. But it's the truth, even though we have awful things happening in Syria or Sudan.
The fact that there was no catastrophic pandemic in recent history does not mean there won't be another one. And we are certainly not prepared for the next pandemic.
Billionaires should never be responsible for solving problems, because they're not the government.
Talking to mothers, always brings it home because they're so anxious to do everything they can for their kids and so tragic for them.
The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competition, is to do an outstanding job with information.
The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competitors, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd is to do an outstanding job with information. How you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or lose.
Software will get to be somewhat more mature, ah, but it will never be as predictable as most areas of engineering.
Life is a lot more fun if you treat its challenges in creative ways.
I believe innovation is the most powerful force for change in the world.
I believe innovation is the most powerful force for change in the world. People who are pessimistic about the future tend to extrapolate from the present in a straight line. But innovation fundamentally shifts the trajectory of development.
I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.
People don't want lots and lots of single purpose devices. They do not want to have to learn how to set up something for photos, another thing for music, another thing for video.
My son likes to go see mines and electric plants, or the Large Hadron Collider, and we've had a chance to see a lot of interesting stuff.
Middle-income countries are the biggest users of GMOs. Places like Brazil.
Nigeria has moved into low-middle-income, but their north is very poor, and the health care systems there have broken down.
I didn't used to wear a watch. Now I have a SPOT watch, which I wear all the time.
Really advanced civilization is based on advances in energy.
The outpouring of support from millions of people in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti has been impressive.
If you count E-mail, I'm on the Internet all day, every day.
It's easier to add things on to a PC than it's ever been before. It's one click, and boom, it comes down.
Google's done a super good job on search; Apple's done a great job on the IPod.
Like any well designed software product, Windows is designed, developed and tested as an integrated whole.
It's the poorer people in tropical zones who will get really hit by climate change -- as well as some ecosystems, which nobody wants to see disappear.
Given how few young people actually read the newspaper, it's a good thing they'll be reading a newspaper on a screen.
People are always coming up to me and saying, 'I heard your dad's speech, and it's really great.' And they'll mention some place I didn't even know my dad was going to.
I think when smallpox was eliminated, the whole world got pretty excited about that because it's just such a dramatic success.
My experience of malaria was just taking anti-malarials, which give you strange dreams, because I don't want to get malaria.
If you're low-income in the United States, you have a higher chance of going to jail than you do of getting a four-year degree. And that doesn't seem entirely fair.
Corruption is one of the most common reasons I hear in views that criticize aid.
Windows is probably the most important product in the entire PC industry. Everything we do in terms of supporting touch, new hardware, accessibility has incredible impact.
India is more of an aid recipient than a provider of aid.
I'm never fully satisfied with any Microsoft product.
Any version of Windows is going to have lots of great new things that people use and things that are tough.
The future of Windows is to let the computer see, listen and even learn.
Netscape was able to get the government working on its behalf.
Money has always been in politics. And I'm not sure you'd want money to be completely out of politics.
My mom and my dad were both very sociable, meeting lots of interesting people.
In energy, you have to plan and do research way in advance, sometimes decades in advance to get a new system that's safer, doesn't require us to go around the world to get all our oil.
Teaching's hard! You need different skills: positive reinforcement, keeping students from getting bored, commanding their attention in a certain way.
The thing about HD-DVD that is attractive to Microsoft is that it's very pro-consumer in letting you copy all movies up onto the hard disk.
The best teacher is very interactive.
3D is a way of organizing things, particularly as we're getting much more media information on the computer, a lot more choices, a lot more navigation than we've ever had before.
The mainstream is always under attack.
I don't think there is any philosophy that suggests having polio is a good thing.
In low-income countries, the main problem you have is infectious diseases.
In low-income countries, getting to a health post is hard. It's very expensive.
Some very poor countries run great vaccination systems, and some richer ones run terrible programs.
The typical project design time for a large company like IBM -- and they keep track of this -- is a little over four years.
Unfortunately, the highly curious student is a small percentage of the kids.
In a budget, how important is art versus music versus athletics versus computer programming? At the end of the day, some of those trade-offs will be made politically.
In the long run, your human capital is your main base of competition. Your leading indicator of where you're going to be 20 years from now is how well you're doing in your education system.
When I was growing up, my parents were almost involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that.
Employers have decided that having the breadth of knowledge that's associated with a four-year degree is often something they want to see in the people they give that job to.
There's always been a lot of information about your activities. Every phone number you dial, every credit-card charge you make. It's long since passed that a typical person doesn't leave footprints.
You can't have a rigid view that all new taxes are evil.