Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer Emphasizes Importance of Research And Collaboration for the Future of Technology

REDMOND, Wash., March 7, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. will demonstrate its commitment to computer science research and support for the computer science community through several activities at ACM1: Beyond Cyberspace, the world’s fair for information technology. The ACM1 Conference and Expo will be held at the San Jose Convention Center March 10-14. It is the second major conference designed for academe and industry from all computer science disciplines and held by the Association for Computing Machinery, the largest international educational and scientific society in the IT and computing field.

Steve Ballmer Address:

The Role of Research in Commercial Software Development

When: Monday, March 12, 2001, 3:15 p.m. PST

Where: San Jose Convention Center, Ballroom A

What: As part of the ACM1 Conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will deliver an address reflecting on the synergy needed between industry and the research community and offering insights into how basic research has contributed to Microsoft® products. Ballmer will highlight work done at Microsoft Research labs ( ) as well as recent examples of Microsoft’s collaboration with universities and other research institutions to solve computing challenges. Photographers are asked to limit the use of flashes to the first 90 seconds of Ballmer’s address.

The master of ceremonies at the ACM1 Conference will be Bob Metcalfe. The event will feature 12 additional keynotes discussing the ways in which, in the future, computing will affect biology, oceanography, astrophysics, the life and social sciences, and education. A full schedule of events can be found online at .

The entire ACM1 Conference will also be streamed live over the Internet, sponsored by Microsoft and delivered exclusively via Digital Island Inc. Through a global content delivery network, Microsoft and Digital Island will enable viewers around the world to follow the conference online. Interested parties can register to view the conference by visiting and clicking on the registration link.

Attendees wearing press badges can sit in a special area near the front of the hall. Registration information for members of the press is listed below.

Microsoft Booth Features New Technologies From Microsoft Research Labs

In Booth U-3 at the ACM1 Expo, Microsoft will demonstrate several innovative technologies, primarily from the company’s research division, Microsoft Research, which was formed in 1991 to tackle some of the toughest problems in computer technology. Many of these projects will be shown publicly for the first time at ACM1. More than a dozen technology demos will showcase work in five general areas of computer science:

  • Graphics

  • “Smart”

  • User interfaces and intelligent systems

  • Multimedia and collaboration

  • Virtual interaction

The ACM1 Expo is free to the public and features hands-on technology from more than 70 of the world’s leading companies, universities and research labs. The Microsoft booth, the largest at the show, will include an
living room, 3-D user interfaces, a new
“360-degree camera”
and software for virtual meetings, mobile devices using speech recognition, and computer games with characters that look like the user.

Expo Floor Hours

  • Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Monday, March 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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On-Site Press Registration

Attendees with media credentials can register on-site at the show and obtain press badges in the pressroom (Room B on the exhibit level).


Members of the press can preregister by contacting Ben Spotts or Kim Davis of Waggener Edstrom at (503) 443-7000, or [email protected] or [email protected].

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