In his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates, predicted that the digital world was now focusing on connecting people. Calling this the second digital age, Gates said this new digital world would enable internet users to access and store data from anywhere.
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To support the way the technology would evolve, Gates said Microsoft would deliver platforms to enable people to build applications. Gates said, "Those applications will run not only on the PC, they will run up in the internet, or in the cloud, as we say, on the phone, in the car, in the TV. The applications will use the best of rich platforms and those internet services."
Gates said services could include mapping services, payment services, friends lists, and storage services. He told attendees that such services would change the way users use mobile devices. "By having essentially the master of what is going on stored up in the cloud, things like docking up, connecting, searching across devices will be very simple, and the information, of course, can be shared across many users in a very strong way."