From the story: "He conceded, however, that his prognostications have not always been on the mark. Notable misjudgments include the rising popularity of open-source software, epitomized by Linux, and the success of the Google search engine.
"They kicked our butts," he said, while promising a better next-generation Internet search engine from Microsoft, due as early as next year.
At the forum itself, Gates announced a partnership with the United Nations to bring computer technology and literacy to developing countries.
Drawing on a $1 billion Microsoft fund, the U.S. software giant will work with the U.N. Development Program to provide software, computer training and cash to establish computer centers in poor communities, starting with pilot projects in Egypt, Mozambique and Morocco.