Bill Gates to keynote Microsoft event, take questions

Microsoft has invited chairman Bill Gates to deliver the keynote address at its Research Faculty Summit later this month.

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will deliver the keynote address at a Microsoft research event later this month, the first time he has done so in eight years, Microsoft said.

Gates will speak at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, and is scheduled to address "the role of computing in solving global problems," according to Microsoft. He then will take questions from the audience. This is the first time Gates has spoken at the Summit since 2005.

In 2008, Gates stepped down from his day-to-day post as chief executive at Microsoft to run his charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with his wife Melinda French Gates. His foundation focuses on initiatives to improve global health and literacy, while addressing other problems through technology and other means. Gates's last speech at Microsoft is viewable on YouTube; since then he has made few appearances for his former employer.

The Faculty Summit will present research from within Microsoft and elsewhere on the topics of  software engineering and quantum computing, plus combating Internet fraud, refining prediction engines, and using social media during crises, Microsoft said.

"Computing has changed the world--from online shopping, to social media, to big data analyses of, well, just about everything," Stewart Tansley, the co-chair of the Faculty Summit, wrote in a blog post. "The rate of computing-driven change continues unabated, and we find ourselves wondering: what are the hot trends and burning issues in computer science research today?"

As for Gates himself, Gates Notes serves as his personal blog, where he reviews books, describes his trips, and provides more personal details of what his foundation is working on. Gates participated in an "Ask Me Anything" with Reddit in February, where he answered questions from the Reddit community. Gates revealed during the AMA that the product he would have most liked to ship but didn't was the WinFS file system originally slated for Windows Vista and that he currently uses a Surface Pro and a Perceptive Pixel massive touchscreen display.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoftbusiness issuespersonnelcomputers

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Mark Hachman

Mark Hachman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?