There are a lot of breakthroughs coming in the ease of developing applications for corporations. "The idea of being able to navigate business data in terms that you understand, by division, to really have schemas that let you navigate not just at the cells of the spreadsheet, but the terminology that makes sense to you. "There are some big software breakthroughs coming on that will turn this into sort of a low-volume specialized market, where every worker has these rich views of profitability and sales and things like that," he said.In conclusion, Gates told the CEOs that there is much that can be done through empowerment and that as long as breakthroughs are happening, it is worth giving their staff the best tools. "So were pretty excited, obviously we must be, were still increasing our R&D budget, up from the $5 billion level, and I think that will be fully justified. So we look forward to working with you on putting some of these things into practice," he said. Latest Microsoft News:
Speech is coming along and, while it is not mature like handwriting, it is within a few years of that, so that giving commands and navigating with speech will be possible, said Gates. The connection of the phone and the PC is another area where users will see "some dramatic thing," because the phone is currently a challenge for IT departments to manage as people are downloading information into it. "By doing integration we can allow that scenario, but still have the connectivity that people expect," Gates said.