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Bill Gates Ridicules MIT's $100 laptop project
[March 17, 2006]

Bill Gates Ridicules MIT's $100 laptop project

TMCnet Contributing Editor
Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates (News - Alert) scoffs at a $100 laptop computer project for developing countries. The laptops are being developed with the support of rival Google (News - Alert) Inc. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The $100 laptop project aims to provide inexpensive computers to people in developing countries. The computers do not include the many features found on a typical personal computer for example a hard disk and software.
"The last thing you want to do for a shared use computer is have it be something without a disk ... and with a tiny little screen," Reuters quoted Gates as saying at the Microsoft (News - Alert) Government Leaders Forum in suburban Washington.
Hardware is a small part of the cost of providing computing capabilities, according to Gates.  He says that network connectivity, applications and support require major investment.
Gates has also noted a new "ultra-mobile computer" which runs Microsoft Windows on a seven-inch (17.78-centimeter) touch screen. Those machines will be available between $599 and $999.
"If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you're not sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type," Reuters quoted Gates as saying.
Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking.

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