Gates kicked off his speech with a look back at the first digital
decade, where the global installed base of PCs grew to over 1 billion
machines, broadband rose from almost nothing to 250 million users and
how over 40 per cent of the world's population now use mobile phones.
He pointed to software as the driver of many of the digital innovations
of the past 10 years,
allowing us to store, organize and share music and
photos in a rich way via the PC.
"The trend here is clear - all media and entertainment will be
software driven," Gates said.
Gates judged the past 10 years to be a "great success" but said there
was nothing holding us back from going "much faster and further" in the
second digital decade, which he said would be far more focused on users
and connecting them with each other.
Computers would be everywhere - not just on the desk but built into
the desk - and people would be able to access their files and
applications seamlessly on any device, be it a mobile phone, computer or