Microsoft admits Bill Gates was wrong

Well, maybe not in quite so many words.

But it is kind of funny to remember that it was Bill Gates who predicted spam would be dead by 2006 while reading reports from Microsoft this week that spam now makes up 97% of all email. (Something, incidentally, that Sophos has been saying for a while now).

I think Gates’ declaration at World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2004 that spam would be dead within two years will probably be something that will haunt him for quite a while yet.

We should give him a break of course. The world’s media are hanging on his every pronouncement, and occasionally he’s bound to get it badly wrong. A bit…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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