Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates showcased a number of upcoming products at Microsoft's Windows Engineering Hardware Conference (WinHEC) in New Orleans.
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On the desktop, the successor to Windows XP, codenamed Longhorn, will fully exploit graphics hardware, while in the datacentre Microsoft's recently announced Dynamic Data Center (DDC) will simplify datacentre management and application deployment, Gates said in a keynote address at the conference.
Gates also touched on Microsoft software for devices including watches, mobile phones, PDAs, desktop computers and high-end servers.
In one of the first presentations of DDC, a presenter deployed an application on to industry standard Hewlett-Packard servers and storage hardware with just a few clicks of the mouse.
The DDC is an important part of Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI), the company's push into the datacentre. Like efforts under way at Sun Microsystems, HP and IBM, DSI aims to make it easier to deploy and manage software across large groups of servers and storage equipment.
Microsoft first discussed its efforts in March, saying the various components would be rolled out over three to five years.
"The quality of applications will be much higher and the cost of running them will be much lower," Gates said.
Fujitsu, IBM, NEC and Newisys have joined HP and Dell as hardware partners for DSI.
WinHEC runs until tomorrow.