Andy and Bill's law

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Andy and Bill's law is a statement regarding the relationship between hardware and software upgrades. The law originates from a humorous one-liner told in the 1990s during computing conferences: "what Andy giveth, Bill taketh away." The phrase is a riff upon the business strategies of former Intel CEO Andy Grove, and former CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates.[1] Intel and Microsoft had entered into a lucrative partnership in the 1980s through to the 1990s, and the standard chipsets in Microsoft Windows were Intel brand. Despite the profit Intel gained from the deal, Grove felt that Gates wasn't making full use of the powerful capabilities of Intel chips, and that he was in fact refusing to upgrade his software to achieve optimum hardware performance.[2] Grove's frustration with the dominance of Microsoft software over Intel hardware became public, which spawned the humorous catchphrase; and, later, Andy and Bill's law: that new software will always push ahead of hardware and get credit for the performance of the computer.

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  1. ^ Karlgaard, Rich (April 19, 2005). "Ten Laws Of The Modern World". Forbes. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Schlender, Brent (July 10, 1995). "Why Andy Grove Can't Stop". FORTUNE Magazine. Retrieved April 20, 2018.