Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has predicted that PCs and the internetrosoft. Dominique Deckmyn reports. will take up a larger part of life, leading to a 'Web lifestyle'.
In a keynote speech at the Microsoft Winhec engineers' conference in Orlando last week, Gates demonstrated a number of technologies he said would lead to new uses of the PC, and an increased demand for computer power.
He also spoke about the 'new scenarios' for using PCs - new applications that will drive future sales, saying the most powerful, new PCs would be needed to run these applications.
Gates described the latest top of the range PCs, with 300MHz Pentium II processors, 16Gb disks and DVD video drives, as well as emerging ADSL technology for high-speed Net access over telephone lines, and 20-inch LCD screens.
Gates added: 'We have come to a point where people are asking: "Do we really need all this power?" Well, the answer, from Microsoft's perspective is yes.'
He talked about an emerging Web lifestyle, where people turn to the internet first, whenever they need to find any sort of information. 'In order to do that, we need more rich content on the internet,' he said.
He also said that cheap, high bandwidth internet connections would be necessary.
'Today, the only population that can be said to live a Web lifestyle is students at university campuses,' he continued, adding that he himself has also adopted this lifestyle, with a 45Mbps connection and flat panel screens in all the rooms of his home.
The aim now, it seems, is to make this lifestyle available to all, not just multibillionaires.
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