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CNET News.com: Gates: PCs will continue to reign

Apr 25, 2000, 19:30 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"As antitrust officials met at the White House to discuss a plan to divide the company, Gates told attendees here at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference that Microsoft will not cede ground to legal or technological obstacles. "Our vision is very broad here," he said. "This is the second phase of the Internet."

"The annual event, known as WinHEC, is intended to give Microsoft hardware partners, including chipmaker Intel and PC makers, a map of the company's operating system plans. Gates emphasized the importance of the Windows PC as a complement to newly popular Internet devices. "It's a wide range of products that make this all come together," he said."

"Microsoft is covering all of its bases. While Gates defended the PC's relevance, his company is busy devising new Web-based services not necessarily tied to PC hardware. Under development now, Next Generation Windows Services is its plan for linking wireless devices, such as cell phones and personal digital assistants, to the ever-expanding universe of Windows versions. Microsoft is expected to lay out its plan for the services next month at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters. Last week, Microsoft unveiled an operating system for handheld devices dubbed Pocket PC."

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