January 8, 2007

Tech-Crunch:-Gates aims to be digital content king


LAS VEGAS — Sunday night, Bill Gates made it clear that his ambitions do not end at controlling the world of personal computers.

The chairman of Microsoft Corp. wants his company to be the dominant player connecting people with digital content, in their homes and on the go.

During the opening keynote speech of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, an advance copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, he described how the company's massive reach, which touches an estimated one billion customers each month, makes Microsoft ideal to be the master of tomorrow's digital entertainment world.

Mr. Gates said the Redmond, Wash.-based company will turn its Xbox 360 game console, which already connects to the Internet, into the gateway for television programs coming into the home.

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