Today Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., outlined Microsoft Corp.'s vision for the next wave of software development and detailed plans to help developers take advantage of the next wave of software opportunities at Microsoft® Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2003. Highlighting platform software and development tools designed to enable developers to build a new generation of "smart," connected applications, Microsoft gave thousands of developers in attendance an early look at a technical preview of the next major release of Windows®, code-named "Longhorn." The company also unveiled the next-generation Windows programming model, named WinFX, which provides a high productivity approach for building applications.
Gates discussed key catalysts in software development, pointing to a variety of trends driving the next wave, including Web services interoperability, proliferation of smart clients and software and hardware innovation. He highlighted key characteristics of the next wave: developers building connected systems using Web services that reflect the dynamic nature of the real world; software making oceans of digital information more meaningful and actionable; and new breakthrough user experiences, improving interactions between people, groups and organizations.
Gates detailed several waves of Microsoft platform software to facilitate applications development, including the Visual Studio® "Whidbey" development tools, Microsoft SQL ServerTM "Yukon," smart device software and Windows "Longhorn." Gates highlighted how Microsoft's integrated platform approach, with support from a broad developer ecosystem, provides a strong foundation for developers to pursue the next wave of software opportunities.
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