Windows 2000 Should Ship Year-End; Microsoft to Spend $3.8 Billion on R&D

During the Dell DirectConnect conference this week, Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates told 1,200 managers he believed Windows 2000 will ship by the end of the year. Gates also reported that Microsoft will spend $3.8 billion this year on research and development endeavors.

Gates said the tie-in with Austin-based Dell Computer Corporation starts with the two companies' efforts to change the traditional way work is accomplished by employing a paperless and efficient work environment. For example, Microsoft is working with Dell to develop new technologies for end-to-end direct business that leverage the Internet's abilities. This includes an online IT desk enabling users to quickly fix problems rather than calling a technician.

Gates also informed the audience that Microsoft's next move is to help revolutionize the workplace by creating software that works anyplace and on any device.

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