Comments on: The 20-year-old Microsoft memo that came true Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 By: LaPingvino Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:52:40 +0000 About cloud storage, it will disappear in the current sense. I think it will go the decentralized, no-one-point-of-faillure way, and the first product in this space is already there (bittorrent sync).

By: David4321 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:27:25 +0000 Notably, Myhrvold also correctly predicted that the spell check features in future versions of Microsoft Word would even include the ability to distinguish between contractions and possessives.

However, few readers understood this prediction at the time, because Microsoft Word’s automatic grammar check features incorrectly conjugated the verbs in every one of his sentences.

By: DayBrown Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:52:33 +0000 Microsoft stole software

By: baroque-quest Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:40:42 +0000 @JackShafer “My phone, fax and copier still don’t get along. Maybe the new Microsoft CEO will pay for group counseling?”

Ever hear of VOIP? Why bother faxing when there’s email? How about all-in-one printers?

Myhrvold was a pioneer in a different area: poor spelling. Maybe that’s why the Jerry Springer generation loves texting.

“Myhrvold never mentions the Internet by name, he correctly predicted … outsourcing”

Given how many times Bill Gates has appeared before Congress pleading to raise the cap on H-1B visas, and that its entire department to validate activation keys was outsourced to India long ago, I’d say Myhrvold’s ideas stayed home and flourished.

“he didn’t predict cloud computing in his memo”

Most of the cloud is storage, but don’t worry; after a good number of companies have their crown jewels stolen from their cloud provider, that blast from the past will vanish again.

By: KenG_CA Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:45:45 +0000 Myhrvold is the most overrated ego in tech history. There were no great bold predictions there that any person sufficiently skilled in the art couldn’t come up. He left MS because he didn’t get the credit he felt was due him instead of Gates, and instead became a super narcissist patent troll.

Smartphone aren’t anywhere near seizing the bulk of the world’s computing cycles; that is urban myth. While consumers who bought computers to access the internet now can use phones, they still need them for work. Maybe if you include embedded devices of all kinds, computers no longer consumer the majority of CPU cycles, but they are not being displaced by phones or tablets in most applications. The smartphone isn’ doing to the PC what the PC did to minis – did you write this column on your phone? Do the clerical workers in the doctor’s office us phones now? The banks? The insurance companies? Engineers designing all those phones and software and gadgets? Seriously, how many work functions do you think can be shifted to phones?

There’s no question that PCs are not necessary for everyone any more, but that doesn’t mean they are obsolete. It really means that companies have been selling consumers the wrong products for years, and now they finally have other choices.

I have many smartphones, but none of them have replaced my desktop or laptop computers. They’re not meant to be a replacement, but rather a supplement. I don’t understand why you are throwing this megalomanic all this praise. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, and when it comes to technology, 90% of the population is blind, and Myrhvold never demonstrated he had two eyes, otherwise he would have seen the tidal wave that the Internet was.