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Q: How has the competitive landscape for Microsoft changed since the last Windows release?
Gates: Five years is a long time in this industry, and I guess five years ago, you know, Sun and Netscape were perfect companies that understood everything and Windows was nothing. And you know in that same extreme way of looking at things, people say, what about Google or what about the latest great work that Apple has done?
So [it's] always very competitive, always someone who's kind of new and done something right and that's great.