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His "Big Bets" on GUIs and Web Services

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"As I think about the last 30 years," said Bill Gates, commenting on Microsoft's 30th birthday, which was celebrated yesterday at an unusual Annual Meeting held in Safeco Field in Seattle, "I?m most proud of our making 'big bets' on technologies like the graphical user interface or Web services and watching them grow into something people rely on every day."

"And the long-term research we?re doing today on some of computer science?s toughest challenges ? such as helping computers listen, speak, learn and understand ? will lead to what I think will be the next wave of growth and innovation for our industry," he continued.