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CES keynote: Bill Gates presents vision of hi-definition decade

The “next digital decade” will be distinguished by an expanding HD, or high-definition, experience, said Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation, delivering his eleventh and final keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Bill Gates at CESGates, who will retire from his full time position as chairman of Microsoft in July, will shift his focus to charitable work on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates marked the occasion with a humorous sketch featuring friends including former Vice President Al Gore, rapper/producer Jay Z and U2 front man Bono.

In his presentation, Gates predicted that displays will be everywhere, including walls and desks. In addition, all devices will be service-connected, which will relieve users from having to bridge between content and devices. Gates noted that next digital decade also will see the power of the natural user interface take hold, with “touch” technology and speech recognition appearing in more products.
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