Move over, digital lifestyle. Microsoft’s chairman now is evangelizing how Microsoft plans to more tightly integrate its software stack to improve the future work world.
SAN DIEGO—Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates often talks about the "digital lifestyle." But on Wednesday at the MBS (Microsoft Business Solutions) Convergence conference here, he switched gears and outlined his vision for the "digital workstyle." Gates’ message was a fitting one for the more than 5,000 partners and customers attending the conference. The annual Convergence event focuses on the business applications—ERP, CRM and retail—that Microsoft is hawking.
The digital workstyle issue is so top-of-mind for Gates that he is considering including it as part of his next book, he told attendees.
Gates said he and the co-author of "The Road Ahead," Microsoft corporate vice president Peter Rinearson, are kicking around ideas for a new book that they’d release sometime in the next 12 to 18 months. And digital workstyle and digital lifestyle are among the subjects they are considering, Gates said.
In his afternoon keynote, which closed the conference, Gates emphasized the ways that Microsoft is increasingly is integrating its platform, which these days includes not just Windows and .Net, but also Office and the MBS application suites.
Gates also showed a sneak peek of Microsoft’s next-generation user interface. Although he didn’t specify that it was the "Avalon" presentation layer of Longhorn which he was demonstrating, Gates characterized the interface as providing richer visualization. He also said to expect the next-gen interface to be key in presenting users with information via various "scenarios."
"A better UI [user interface] is not just about color and animation. It’s actually mapping into applications Windows changes and Office changes," Gates said.
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The Longhorn part got me excited!