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Et tu, Fool?

Et tu, Fool?

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I got the following email from the Motley Fool the other day, here are some excerpts:


The two words Bill Gates doesn't want you to hear...

They spooked the Microsoft founder into early retirement. Now they're going to bring down his empire and make a handful of investors rich.  You can join them -- but you must act now.

Dear Opportunistic Investor,

On October 30, 2005, something incredible happened... In Redmond, Washington, one of the world's richest -- and most powerful -- businessmen sent an urgent memo to his top engineers and most-trusted managers.

It sounded the alarm that a very disruptive "wave" was about to wash over the entire world -- forever changing the way we get information and do business.

It also warned this would wipe out the $300 billion business empire he'd spent his life building.

And that's precisely why the two words "cloud computing" scare the hell out of Bill Gates.  You see, he realizes that thanks to the thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable laid during the late 1990s, the speed of computer networks has finally caught up to the speed of the computer processors.

Buying this tech juggernaut today is like buying Microsoft in 1990...


My point in reprinting this is that the entire email is a sensationalistic message about how cloud computing is going to revolutionize the industry, how you need to subscribe to their newsletter in order to get the three names that you can make a pile of money on, and how Bill Gates was so afraid of this development that he's decided to go into early retirement.

Is it just me, or is this a near perfect example of stock spam? 

  1. It says that the companies contained within are going to take off through the roof.
  2. It says that you have to get in now!
  3. It contains some obfuscation... the names are not in the newsletter but instead you have to subscribe to the service.
  4. But one slight difference -- it borrows from real life by throwing around a credible name (Bill Gates) that acknowledges that cloud computing is the way of the future.

The Motley Fool is supposed to have a reputation that they are on the side of the average investor.  But by publishing stuff like this, I really don't think that they are much different than financial television shows and, dare I say stock spammers, that sensationalize stocks.  Really, I expect better from the Motley Fool.  Stop publishing such nonsense.

Incidentally, their claims about Bill Gates are ridiculous.  To begin with, Gates went into early retirement in order to focus more time and effort on his charitable work through the Gates Foundation, which supports such causes like fighting AIDS and malaria in the 3rd world.  He announced this two years ago and spent that time transitioning out.

Secondly, Microsoft is hardly scared of cloud computing.  We have tons and tons of products that make use of cloud computing.  Heck, the division I work for (Exchange Hosted Services) does cloud computing.  We filter your mail in the cloud, and our archiver stores your mail in the cloud.  Pretty much everyone in senior management believes that cloud computing is going to be extremely important going forward which is why a big part of our fastest growing and cool services, like Sharepoint, Office Live and Live Mesh, are cloud-based components.

Seriously, Motley Fool, do your homework next time.  Microsoft is on the leading edge of Cloud Computing.

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  • You're right - Fool is just stock spam. I sent them repeated requests to shorten the length of their newsletter - to no avail. Down with Fool!

  • What are the 2 companies beside Google?

  • Even Google's not been doing well lately.  Livin' off ad revenue ain't payin' the bills like it used to.

  • Cloud computing and Microsoft is like: Writing an Letter, Running Diesel Truck with 92 Octane and 4 Miles a Gallon.

    Microsoft missing the market from tomorrow. Share point, Office live ...is like Vista and shows Microsoft real face and capability.  

  • "Cloud computing and Microsoft is like: Writing an Letter, Running Diesel Truck with 92 Octane and 4 Miles a Gallon.

    Cloud computing and Microsoft is like: Writing an Letter, Running Diesel Truck with 92 Octane and 4 Miles a Gallon."

    What? Dude, L2 speak the inglesh

    Do you really think Terry is wrong? Do you really believe Gates quit because of Cloud Computing?

    You're missing the point and doing it badly.

  • Microsoft doesn't and can't routinely develop decent, reliable, user friendly products.  SharePoint is HORRIBLE.  IE is HORRIBLE. VISTA is HORRIBLE.  Office is the only reasonably good end user product I've seen, but even then, Office 2007 essentially eliminated the work-from-menu option lots of people used and prefer to "the ribbon."

    The only things people can count on from Microsoft are:

    (1) Clunky, overly complex, glitch-filled products - (2) CONTEMPT for CUSTOMERS.

    (3) Lots of advertising to make up for their horrible products.

  • I guess Amazon (S3, AWS) services are one of the other two companies set to benefit from cloud computing. Perhaps MS are the third - we're looking at SQL in the cloud, after all MS SQL enterprise licences don't come cheap.

    But there are many other companies using SaaS models - salesforce.com, taleo.com. One sector (PLM) is full of companies offering PLM on-demand with a per user/per month pricing structure.

  • Yep, the Fools are targeting a Vista weakened MS to leverage hype...

    Microsoft maybe on the (PR) ropes with it's OS software that it dare not even mention it's name. Things are so bad that MS has taken to advertising the benefits of other peoples *hardware* in order to deflect attention away from it's product and defend itself from Apple which happens to have an OS that works well.

  • Thanks for the post.  I got that spam too.  Didn't fall for it but was surprised to see it was from Motley Fool.  I goggled "The Two Words Bill Gates Doesn't Want You to Hear" and found your post.  Thanks!!!

  • Ahh, yes. This is why I love my Mac. Then again, Gates has 50% stock in Apple Inc. lol. However, still Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard is SO much better than Windows. After XP Professional died and they stopped selling it, I got a Mac. I will not let Vista run on this or anything I touch.

  • Motley Fool has been trading on a reputation

    that does not reflect its habits when it lives

    in advertising pop-ups.  I have learned to distrust

    the people running this cutesy faux populist column

    because of it.

  • Oh, oh, I LOVE this. Yet another technological superthingum that's going to bring Microsoft down on it's knees and beg for mercy...

    Really. If I got a dime everytime I've heard crap like that I'd be able to buy a stock market...

    And what is it this time? Cloud computing? Really? The new big thing? New? Hmm.. maybe they have a point, let me give an apt reaction to that:

    HAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAHHAHAHAAAAHAHAHA...

    ...fools

    Microsoft bashing: it SO shows a lack of comprehension about the IT market. Like all those people who clung to betamax over vhs and blue ray over dvd: the market doesn't care about your technological prowess, the market cares about what is offered on one particular platform for what price. And the widest range of compatible applications for the most reasonale price is still only available on...?

    Yes.

    Windows.

    Get over it.

  • "Microsoft doesn't and can't routinely develop decent, reliable, user friendly products.  SharePoint is HORRIBLE.  IE is HORRIBLE. VISTA is HORRIBLE.  Office is the only reasonably good end user product I've seen, but even then, Office 2007 essentially eliminated the work-from-menu option lots of people used and prefer to "the ribbon.""

    I would disagree.  I find notepad and calc to be quite reliabile and get the job done most of the time.

  • uh windows 7, defeated by cloud computing??????????? nooooooo

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