This article from MacWorld (How Ironic?) discusses an outline of Bill's vision for ed tech. They quote him as saying, "We are now on the verge of something where technology will make a difference,". What year is this? Hasn't ed tech been making a difference? Is this thing on??
There is no doubt in my mind that the Gates Foundation is attempting to do great stuff in the worlds of education and public health. It is sort of cozy though that these comments came at, "an annual Microsoft-sponsored conference attended by government leaders throughout Europe." Can you say, "vista sales"?
I think that Microsoft is starting to hear the footsteps of web based software solutions like Google Docs and Spreadsheets, which cost..... oh yeah, THEY"RE FREE!
I encourage you to read the article and form your own opinions.