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January 08, 2008


Paul M.

Garr, I liked Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip. Quite funny in some moments. And the new slides are much much better. They learn, Garr. They learn... but they will always be behind :)


The people over at techcrunch seem to disagree: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/01/07/the-truth-that-dare-not-speak-the-ces-keynote-sucked/
They don't mention the slides, but i don't think they agree with the statement that bill rocked.


Garr looks at the style of the presentation and the clarity of the message.

Tech folks, on the other hand, are commenting on the lack of substance. People were left asking "where's the beef?" mostly frustrated because there was no substantial product announcements, which is what CES-goers look for, and the reason the conference exists in the first place. So lacking interesting product announcements always means certain failure, and in that respect Bill failed miserably.

I guess both sides of the argument are right: maybe he did a good job presenting... irrelevant stuff.

Same applies to Steve Jobs. The expectations are very high for his keynote at Macworld. But regardless of his stage prowess, he will still need to deliver huge news for most people to say he did good.

Marc Duchesne

Hi Garr : Either you're so exhausted after the creation of your new book that your reality-distorsion field gets weird itself, either Mr. Gates (or someone of his staff) reads your blog ;-)
Now, if the second option is the right one, this is really weird though. Because it would show that Microsoft is able to learn from competition.


That video is a direct rip-off of the one Bill Clinton did back in 2000, right before he left office. I don't find the Gates version very funny, and I certainly agree with the other posters here that the presentation is less than stellar. I, too, am surprised by your assessment of Gates' performance.


Can't an Apple guy say anything nice about Bill Gates? :-)

I did not use the word "engaging" nor did I say his keynote was "stellar" or "great." The words I used were "pretty good" and "best" as in "the best I have seen Bill present with visuals." Maybe Bill Gates is getting better...what would be wrong with that? Yes, I could have focused on his size XXXL sweater, his cracking voice, and his Mr. Burns posture or the lack of "wow" in terms of content in the keynote, but this has already be done (many times before).

My point was to try to have an open mind and look for improvement...I saw improvement. It was not great, but it was better, certainly better than I expected. Bill Gates may never be able to be the keynote presenter that Steve Jobs is—Jobs is my favorite—but the world may be just a little better if Bill himself becomes a better presenter.

mark ivey

I haven't seen the presentation, but the video is hilarious. Just the fact that Gates has moved beyond bullet points and bone-dry PPT presentations is something. Why not give him a little--and what Garth said was little--credit? Message to Gates' critics: chill out.

Rajan Rishyakaran

I guess the lack of any new product to announce actually forced Bill and Microsoft to work on their presentation. Imagine bullet points *and* no products. Now that would be disastrous.

Heiko J Schick

This videos is also available with better sound quality.

Heiko J Schick

Sorry, I've pasted the wrong link. The correct link is:


The best part had to be the celebrity cameos!

Alexei Kapterev

Thanks for the review, here's my humble opinion on this:


Michel Jansen

He still has the whole "Mr. Burns" thing going on though ;)

Kreshna Aditya

Garr, I know this is an old post of yours. But I post the comment here because you need to see Bill & Melinda Gates' recent talk called Impatient Optimists. Their visuals are simply... effective. I will wait for your post on this latest version of "Bill Gates the presenter". :)


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