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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-07-24 Print this article Print

Gates said that Microsoft has also increased its research and development budget by 8 percent to $6.8 billion. In addition, he spent some time talking about the companys new file system, WinFS, designed for the next-generation Windows products. It involves understanding things like meetings and appointments, with schema created that define how those things work, Gates said.
Microsofts quality and value focus going forward includes improving things like online crash analysis and corporate error reporting. Talking about spam, Gates garnered a laugh from the audience by showing some of the spam hes received, which included solicitations telling him how he could get a university degree, reduce his debt and improve his finances as well as pay pennies a day for legal services. "Sometimes they get it wrong and dont reach the target audience," he quipped.
Jim Allchin, group vice president of Microsofts Windows Platform Group, told attendees here that Microsoft has shipped 130 million licenses of Windows XP and, as of the fourth quarter, its XP Professional product mix rose 10 percent to 70 percent. But there is still plenty to do, with 350 million PCs still running NT 4 and older versions of the operating system and many people questioning whether they should upgrade. "In the next fiscal year we will release the second service pack for Windows XP, which will mostly be not about new features, although there will be a few—a new version of Media Center, an update of the Media Plus pack, as well as an update of the Tablet PC," Allchin said. Turning to the Longhorn release, Allchin said the next step will be at Microsofts Professional Developer Conference, to be held in Los Angeles in October, where Longhorn developer preview CDs will be handed out. "That will be followed by a broad first beta next year," he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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