Just because Bill Gates gives money to charities like disease prevention, college scholarships and the Xbox 360, doesn't mean he's gone soft. Far from it. He's still out for blood. Just listen to what Gates tells C|Net about the current console war with Sony:
I wouldn't change positions with them in a million years. I mean, we know what it's like to be a year late. We feel great about the position that we're in. And, of course, they're going to sell a lot in Japan.
You know, Sony can make 80,000 bricks, and people would buy them. So the real competition-you're going to see the impact of our innovation and all the momentum we have in Christmas 2007. This Christmas, the story is: Xbox 360 is going to sell super-well, and they'll sell the rounding error amounts they can make.
And if the original Xbox is anything to go by, Microsoft knows LOTS about making bricks.