Speaking to fellow “world leaders” at Davos on Saturday, Bill Gates gave television five years to live. Granted, Microsoft has their own IPTV effort already working in Switzerland, so this could just be a really hard sell to the Swiss audience. “I’m stunned how people aren’t seeing that with TV, in five years from now, people will laugh at what we’ve had.”
As Download Squad points out, this isn’t exactly a cutting edge prediction. Maybe he ran into Chad Hurley, who explained that this whole video on the internet thing could be big — huge even — and got excited. Meanwhile, today Bill’s busy lowering his standards and appearing on regular old TV — the Daily Show on Comedy Central, among others — to promote the release of Windows Vista. Though if I were Bill, I’d leave the funny to Demetri Martin.