Despite a US judge's initial verdict that Microsoft has created a monopoly, Bill Gates was in defiant mood when he made his keynote speech at the opening of Comdex.
Gates received an enthusiastic welcome from the audience at the annual trade show and joked about the case, asking: "Has anybody heard any good lawyer jokes?"
The product thrust of Gates' speech centred on the market transition to internet-enabled devices from everyday life and the evolution of the 'personal web'.
Gates demonstrated a range of lightweight Windows CE devices, which can be used to connect to the company's MSN internet access service and download applications. He said one of Microsoft's themes now is "any time, any place, any device". Manufacturers displaying devices included Compaq, Phillips and Acer.
A new application, Microsoft Application Centre, was also previewed at the trade show last week. The software, which manages traffic loads on web servers, is designed to help Windows 2000 servers when one server in a cluster goes down, and in transferring data and settings to other servers.
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An email virus that activates without even having to be executed has been discovered.
The internet worm, dubbed Bubbleboy, is a view-activated virus capable of infecting Windows 2000 and Windows 98. It was first discovered when it was emailed last week to Network Associates' (NAI) US research lab.
Though Bubbleboy is not malicious, it could pave the way for viruses with a malicious payload, wreaking havoc on networks.
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