Update: Gates To Unify Windows Around Mouse Wheel
Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates is expected to show off on Tuesday a method to unify the Windows "look and feel" on several platforms, based upon the humble mouse wheel.Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates on Tuesday showed off a method to unify the Windows experience on several platforms, as part of making IT simpler and easier to use. In his keynote address here at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, Gates also introduced off "Athens", a prototype PC based on the Agora PC prototype, showed off the Next-Generation Secure Computing Base, introduced the concept of the "dynamic data center", and presented a cut-rate deal on Windows CE .Net. As he has done with previous WinHEC presentations, Gates offered a "report card" on how various attributes of the PC have fared over the past year. The economy and how applications leverage the hardware generated failing grades, Gates said. However, Gates said the robustness of the PC platform, including the way in which the software giant can accumulate data on software crashes to help hardware makers improve their driver software, had held their own. Successes included the widespread adoption of Windows XP, and the price/performance combinations that PC makers had achieved.
"The PC platform theres no way that anyone can say that the PC isnt the highest-performance platform of any out there," Gates said.