7 months ago
By Rob Zanicchi posted Jan 30, 2013
More than 20 years ago, Bill Gates publicly predicted what may have seemed obvious to several of Silicon Valley's finest -- email was going to be huge. While being interviewed on NBC's Today Show recently, the Microsoft co-founder was shown a portion of an interview he did back in May of 1992 where he accurately detailed how the adoption of email was soon to explode. Then 36, the multibillionaire describes how the desktop computer would gain momentum and mold an essential form of communication. In fact, he was surprised that it wasn't "happening a little faster."
Jump ahead 20 years to the present, and email has obviously become an intricate part of modern society, with widespread use across plenty more devices, too. From Google's Gmail to Microsoft's own Outlook, electronic mail paved the way for dozens of webmail providers and endless amounts of software to help us all stay in touch from our devices. These days, Microsoft is still a strong force in the PC arena, though it's essentially been playing catchup in the tablet and mobile arenas -- its fledgling iPad alternative, the Surface tablet, and Windows Phone 8 offerings haven't really trumped the competition like Redmond once had years ago.
As for Bill Gates? The future of Microsoft won't totally be led by the innovator, as he removed himself from the day-to-day duties of the company several years ago to focus on philanthropy. Still, if you want to experience some more of his insight on technology and education, you'll have to catch him at one of his many speaking events -- Bill Gates' TED Talk (Technology, Entertainment & Design) is scheduled to air on PBS on April 16th. In the meantime, take a look at the videos below -- and be thankful that fashion has evolved, too.