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Bill Gates and the Microsoft stats-fest

Keynote speeches delivered by the world's leading IT execs are renowned for being self-congratulatory, giving the top dogs at famous hardware and software firms the chance to show off about the success of their products to millions of people. Bill Gates' keynote was no different, and during the one-hour presentation, the audience was bombarded with a list of statistics designed to highlight the recent success of various Microsoft products.

Gates doesn't need me to do his PR for him, but I'm a sucker for stats, so here goes:

-Number of Bill Gates keynotes at CES: 10
-Number of Windows Vista users worldwide: 100m
-Number of Windows Live users worldwide: 420m
-Number of new Windows Mobile users in 2007: 10m
-Projected number of new Windows Mobile users in 2008: 20m
-Number of Xbox Live subscribers: 10m

Despite this stats-fest, those of us who waited patiently for the Microsoft founder to take the stage on Sunday night were only thinking of one figure when we left the room:

-Number of major new products launched by Microsoft at CES: 0

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