Gates Cites Microsoft Breakthroughs
In his WinHEC keynote, Microsoft's chairman details Microsoft's key advances over the past year.NEW ORLEANSThe current Windows interface does not take advantage of todays advanced graphics capabilities, so the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, is being designed to do so, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates told the several hundred attendees of his keynote at the here. Detailing what he saw as key Microsoft advances over the past year, Gates cited in his WinHEC keynote address, titled "New Frontiers for Hardware and Software," the advances in the companys Trustworthy Computing initiative, noting that last months release of was the first major product release since Microsoft started that initiative. He also cited advances in interoperability and robustness. "We have seen the fastest transition to Windows XP than to any other operating system we have shipped, largely because of its richness and robustness. The uninstalled base of Windows 9x has dropped dramatically as people upgrade to and test Windows XP," he said.
Breakthroughs over the past year included Wi-Fi; cameras and printers; LCD screen sizes, which grew as prices fell; and Web services, the foundation for interoperability. Meanwhile, the tools that made this possible grew at breakneck speed, as did 64-bit support.