In software licensing, markets that had been used to getting Windows for free, such as China, Korea, and Hong Kong, are now moving over to licensing. “Fifteen years ago [in these countries], you didn’t buy software. Today, their compliance level is almost as good as the U.S.,” Gates said.
“It comes with time. You need reasonable prices and enforcement,” Gates said.
In other remarks at the event, Gates said the following:
* Technologies that have been surprising in that they have not had wide adoption include speech recognition and ink-based computing, but these technologies will grow in use over time.
* A lot of USB deployments will move to wireless and wideband.
* People are getting used to high loads of e-mail, but software needs to be used more in areas such as inbox rules.
* E-voting has an inherent issue in that the voting public demands a high degree of certainty with the technology. “We ourselves are not going after the e-voting market or the nuclear reactor control market,” Gates said.