Bill Gates Unveils Microsoft .NET to Malaysian Corporate Leaders

Bill Gates Unveils Microsoft .NET to Malaysian Corporate Leaders

Microsoft Executive Summit discusses vision for next generation Internet

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 13, 2000 — Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Bill Gates, unveiled Microsoft’s vision of
“Business without Barriers”
at the second Microsoft Executive Summit in Malaysia.

Capitalising on the explosion on Internet-based computing and communications, Microsoft.NET will provide easier, more personalised and more productive Internet experiences by harnessing constellations of smart devices and websites with advanced software through Internet protocols and formats.

“The impact of the Internet has been spectacular to date, but the pace of innovation will accelerate over the next five years. Our goal is to move beyond today’s world of stand-alone websites to an Internet of interchangeable components where devices and services can be assembled into cohesive, user-driven experiences,”
said Gates.

More than 400 corporate captains and business leaders from top-tier Malaysian companies attended the Microsoft Executive Summit, the second to be held in Malaysia. Held over one day, MES incorporates several satellite seminars with technology experts and consultants that will address key business issues facing Malaysian companies today.

Microsoft Malaysia Managing Director, Butt Wai Choon, said that feedback from MES 1999 was extremely positive, and revealed that corporate leaders were most interested in knowledge management, e-commerce and how to leverage the Internet.

The fact that knowledge management, e-commerce and leveraging the Internet were identified as key areas of interest is somewhat prophetic.

“Over the past 12 months, business has changed at the speed of thought. We are going to see a bigger Internet revolution, in which knowledge management and e-commerce are at the core,”
Butt said.

In introducing the Microsoft Chairman, Butt said that Gates became Chief Software Architect in January in order to devote himself fully to Microsoft.NET, which will break down barriers between digital islands and help realise the full potential of the Internet.

Gates, whose visit to Malaysia is his third, will officially open Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre Sdn Bhd (MKCC), Microsoft’s MSC-status company, in Cyberjaya. The opening of MKCC marks a milestone for Microsoft, as the company celebrates its 25 th anniversary this year. MKCC represents Microsoft’s commitment to Malaysia and the MSC, and will work with the government and local industry to build a pool of software developers that will meet the needs of Malaysia’s digital economy.

Part of the MKCC commitment will be demonstrated through an MoU with Multimedia University, which sees MKCC sponsorship of two developer labs, scholarships for students, training programmes for faculty, and lecture visits by technology experts.

Gates’ programme includes meetings with key industry, corporate and government leaders, including the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mahathir Mohamad. At MKCC office in Cyberjaya, Gates will also spend time with MMU students, as well as with a group of children from the Lions’ Club of CyberCare, a network of orphanages throughout Malaysia.

About the Microsoft Executive Summit

The Microsoft Executive Summit (MES) is an annual event in the US where CEOs from the world’s largest corporations gain insight in the company of their peers, into leading-edge uses of technology. Participants gain a competitive advantage by:

  • Hearing from the world’s brightest technology thinkers

  • Benchmarking their own technology strategies against those of other leading companies

  • Getting a glimpse of the emerging technologies that will shape the future competitive landscape

In the past, CEOs that have attended the MES include those from top Fortune Global 1000 companies.

About Microsoft

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