Gates: Company's primary interest
lies in delivering content with software
SEATTLE (Reuter) -- Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill
the software giant is not becoming a media company,
high-profile ventures such as its MSNBC news
he described as "an anomaly."
"There's no way you could have more than 25
percent of our
revenue even in a five-year time frame coming from
interactive ventures," he said in response to a
question at the
company's annual financial analysts meeting. "We
becoming a media company in some broad sense."
He said of the company's many new media ventures
a partnership with General Electric Co.'s NBC
was unique because it included a traditional cable
But he insisted that Microsoft's interests lay
more in its ability
to deliver content via software.
For example he said the company's Internet
slated for release in the first quarter of next
year, would open up
new opportunities for delivering news and
information to the
"Certainly some of the content we're doing will
be in a premier
position to take advantage of that," he said.
Gates also said Microsoft will re-launch its
Microsoft Network online service in the fall as an
service, focusing on seven countries, which he did
He said the service has 1.5 million subscribers
although it has
little marketing, especially compared with the
campaign that will
accompany the re-launch.
Gates declined to comment on potential revenue
from the content operations, saying only: "In the
near term, it's a
large negative number, that is for sure."
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