from the so-much-for-that-plan dept
Dave Winer points to an email Bill Gates sent him nearly fifteen years ago, the place Gates insisted that the web would improve, fairly than hurt, the marketplace for two particular Microsoft merchandise:
The Web is a superb phenomena. I do not see how the emergence of extra info content material on a community is usually a dangerous factor for the non-public laptop trade. Will it trigger much less private computer systems to promote? I feel fairly the alternative. Much less copies of Flight Simulator or Encarta?
Winer notes this in relation to the information that Microsoft has determined to shut down Encarta, its “encyclopedia” product that was initially on CD-ROM and was speculated to tackle Britannica, earlier than it (and, to some extent — although it is disputed — Britannica) obtained steamrolled by Wikipedia on-line.
Nevertheless, it is also price noting that this appears to have occurred simply months after Microsoft additionally shuttered the group that makes Flight Simulator. Provided that these have been the 2 particular merchandise that Gates known as out in his e mail, it appears amusing that each are being killed by Microsoft months other than one another.
After all, each Encarta and Flight Simulator may have achieved higher on-line, however neither did very a lot to actually adapt to what the web allowed. Each may have been rather more in a web based world, however did not reside as much as their potential.
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