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UK IT directors group shares Gates' vision of the future

Despite rumours that he would be held up by a one-to-one with Gordon Brown, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was punctual for his breakfast address to British Computer Society IT directors group Elite last week.

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Despite rumours that he would be held up by a one-to-one with Gordon Brown, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was punctual for his breakfast address to British Computer Society IT directors group Elite last week.

After an introduction by Mori CIO Ben Booth, Gates spoke of Microsoft's 30-year history and his vision of a high-tech future where every device is perfectly integrated.

A question-and-answer session gave only the briefest of opportunities for the audience to press Gates, and some felt it was a missed opportunity to get him to consider some of the day-to-day realities of corporate IT.

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