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Video: Bill Gates talks past and future in his 'last keynote' for Microsoft

On Tuesday at Microsoft Tech-Ed 2008 in Orlando, Bill Gates gave what was billed as his last keynote as a full-time Microsoft employee. He talked about the past and the future of software development and even made a few product announcements. Watch the video.

On Tuesday at Microsoft Tech-Ed 2008 in Orlando, Bill Gates gave what was billed as his last keynote as a full-time Microsoft employee. He talked about the past and the future of software development and even made a few product announcements.

Gates said:

"When I think back on the early days of development when we were all programming in DOS, and then take a look at what we can do now with technologies like the .NET Framework, it simply amazes me how far we've come. I started out as a developer and that's what I remain at heart, so I have a personal interest in the future of the field. I am confident that the path we are laying out today will serve you well into the future."

I doubt this will be the last Gates keynote, and I think it's very likely that he could return to Microsoft full-time if there's even a hint that he's still needed. Nevertheless, this is a speech worth seeing.

Watch the video of the entire Gates keynote (you'll need to have Silverlight installed):

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).

10 comments
kandrolewicz2
kandrolewicz2

This is interesting since Tech Ed Keynote won't happen until June 10th. How can you report that it already happened?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

The one for Developers is this week and the one for IT Pros is next week.

yobtaf
yobtaf

I forgot to laugh.

yobtaf
yobtaf

Maybe I'm not getting something but why do we need another player format? I was perfectly happy with the ones we had already.

glynj1s
glynj1s

Silverline and all the ongoing development looks good for the novice looking in all to be appreciated. But Hey look on the bright side and tell Your friend.... come on you guys. Maybe I was slow on the up there, there.

glynj1s
glynj1s

Silverline and all the ongoing development looks good for the novice looking in all to be appreciated. But Hey look on the bright side and tell Your friend.... come on you guys.

seskier
seskier

I tried to install SilverLight on my older PC, it said that my processor is not supported. The min. specs for SilverLight are x86 or x64 500Mhz processor. Mine is an AMD Athlon running at 950MHz. I have 1GB Ram, so that is not it. Bill sure is looking into the past.

techkid
techkid

can someone briefly explain what silverlight actually does?

GSG
GSG

I installed Silverlight and still can't view the video. Trust them to put Bill Gates keynote out in a microsoft proprietary format.

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