Gates sizes up the Web's next generation

by admin March 21, 2006 at 11:23 am

Think Web 2.0 and think Microsoft? Not necessarily.

The company has long provided the tools for building Web sites. But it’s been a couple steps behind when it comes to some of the bigger ideas and business models that have surfaced around Web 2.0, such as advertising-based software.

In addition, Microsoft has long made devices–whether it’s the PC, server or handheld–the center of computing design. Now Web sites are becoming programmable, allowing people to “mash up” data from different sites.

To try to capture–and participate–in some of the buzz around Web 2.0, Microsoft organized a conference in Las Vegas called Mix ’06 aimed at Web developers and designers. After his keynote speech at the conference Monday, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates spoke to CNET about the push into hosted services, competition with Google and mobile computing.

Full article: CNET