ZDNET: "At an event recognizing the 10th anniversary of Microsoft Research, Gates indulged his fondness for technology,
raising hopes for a world where computers will become more useful. "The message you'll get is one of incredible
optimism," he said as he described Microsoft's vision for its research labs.
Microsoft follows in the footsteps of more traditional computing companies such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM, which
have long had basic research efforts and enjoy making a spectacle of their latest discoveries.
Microsoft Research concentrates on
three main areas, Gates said: using
computers to extend what people
can do; improving digital music,
videos and images; and building
the company's .Net vision of
computing services available over