SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft (Quote, Chart) founder Bill Gates is once again counting on developers to make what the company calls "seamless connections" between Windows software and people's lives.
The Redmond, Wash.-based empire is currently engrossed in its .NET strategy as it prepares for the next major waves of development, database and operating system platforms (codenamed Whidbey, Yukon and Longhorn, respectively). All three projects have been delayed from their original target launch dates. Still, Gates has managed to convince code writers to stay the course and keep the faith.
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