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Window to the Digital Decade

New Delhi, Nov. 12: Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, today spelt out his company’s mission of realising potential in the ‘Digital Decade’ and its relevance for India.

Despite the slowdown in IT spending in the US and the rest of the world, Gates forecast major advances in 2000-09—the digital decade—in both hardware and software sectors. The power of the PC is doubling every 18 months and will continue to do so over the next decade, Gates said.

The speed of information flow as represented by bandwidth capacity has been tripling every 18 months and will continue to grow at a fiery pace over the next decade. Disk capacities are also tripling every 18 months and 1,000 gigabytes of capacity is well within our ken, he added.

In such a scenario, Microsoft aims to work to develop software that is easy to use, mend and secure.

“In 1990 only about 10 million PCs were sold and by end of the digital decade 600 million PCs would be sold. India in the digital decade will be able to generate millions of jobs from just about half a million that was generated during the internet revolution,” said Gates.

Pointing out the emergence of convergence and the growing demand of software, Gates projected that by end of the digital decade, people would be paying their bills and storing their music on their PCs.

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