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Consider that Microsoft provides desktop software to most of corporate world and it doesn't take much of a stretch of imagination to see them building in their own monitoring tools.
Add to that, "Smart Tags" that are being built into Microsoft software so that all of their products are tethered together and they now have access to virtually all of your information from Outlook, Word, your calendar, your email addresses, your files, your spreadsheets and your Powerpoint presentations.
The following quote came from a large computing company's lead engineer, he was promised anonymity:
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"Bill has held back technology in order to control growth at his own pace and suck up every ounce of revenue along way. He is a genius when it comes to business - probably smartest business man to ever live!
When he released MSDOS (early 80's) there were plenty of multi- tasking OSs available - he released Windows NT in mid 90's over ten years after technology was available on PC! You have to be pretty smart to hold off that kind of technology for over ten years!
The consumer is just now starting to receive benefits of multi-tasking OS's with Windows 2000 and still has no idea how much technology they are missing!
He uses his install base of (90+%) of client market to control and kill every standard in his greedy profit hungry companies way.
Now he is trying to kill Java with SOAP, SNMP with CIMOM ... etc.
He killed pop3 with exchange server - you have to buy your corporate email server from Microsoft. No open email standards will stand in his way - eliminate competition!
The bottom line is Bill is smartest business man in software industry and controls pace of technology. You will not get technology until Bill can control and own market!"
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Bill Gates made $931 million as Microsoft shares rose about 2 percent, better than Upside 150's 1 percent gain. The Microsoft chairman was worth $50.6 billion at end of trading on June 29, based on his company stock holdings. That would finance Big Brother centralized database called .Net quite easily.
Are you ready for 1984?
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