Unbelievable you didn't mention the wine. Please tell me you were served a decent wine with what reads as a good meal. Not cola, tell me it wasn't some sugary energy drink?
Bill Gates said that ( by now ) hardware would be all but free and come 'bundled' with the software. He miss timed the Internet and had to play catchup. But, hey, Howard Hughes laughed off the jet engine... he didn't say, "It'll never fly" but he passed it by and had to play catchup later on.
Will the spaghetti monster code said to lay under the hood of Windows make the transition to multithreaded/multicore Nirvana an impossible path for even the most profound coder gurus to walk? Isn't Solaris a full length in front of the pack when it comes to multithreaded code running on multicores.
If Microsoft did indeed serve a fine wine with mentioned repast then I've no doubt they're in deep trouble and badly scared. Otherwise you'd of got bagels and so so coffee.