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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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.