Gates Foreshadows Longhorn Advances

Chairman highlights Microsoft's software and research priorities.

REDMOND, Wash.—Without calling out its next-generation Windows desktop operating system by name, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates foreshadowed some of the forthcoming advances that the company is promising for its "Longhorn" wave of products.

Gates made his remarks during his kick-off keynote at the companys annual Faculty Summit here on Monday. Attending the two-day Summit are 350 U.S.-based faculty researchers. Microsoft is showing off a number of its emerging Microsoft Research (MSR) technologies — including its emerging e-learning technologies, and "Phoenix" compiler framework — at the event.

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