Robert Scoble gave me a huge present today (he writes about it here) – lunch with Bill Gates at Mix 06. All Robert told me (and two others – Albert Lai and Lynda Weinman) was to show up at a certain room at noon for a cool lunch. I was a bit preoccupied with a panel I was speaking on at 1:30 on business models for web 2.0 companies, and so didn’t give it much thought.
I knew something was up when I arrived because there was very heavy security, and then I was told that Bill Gates would be joining us. I asked a few questions, specifically about what Microsoft’s plans are around an online version of Office. Bill responded at length without really giving an answer. He did say that he thought people were too infatuated with the thought of an online version of Office, but that they were really focused on the idea of cloud storage for office files. This fits right in with their strategies around Office Live, of course (my posts on Office Live are here).
There were three pictures of me with Bill – which I’ve put up on flickr. Ok, yes, I was starstruck. Thank you very much Robert for putting this together!