NEW ORLEANS--Embattled Microsoft
Bill Gates may have found solace amid the information technology
professionals at this week's CA World
user conference, who were probably more concerned with network
outages than antitrust minutiae.
Fresh off technology conference appearances in Chicago and Denver last
week, Gates offered his thoughts on familiar subjects such as the "digital
nervous system" to a packed hall at Computer
Associates' week-long showcase.
Gates spent the entire day at the conference, no doubt attracted by the
numerous high-ranking technology executives from large companies who use
CA's products within their corporate networks.
His speech followed the announcement that Windows NT server 5.0, due early
next year, would ship with a variant of CA's Unicenter TNG Framework in the
box, the only third-party application to be bundled with the operating
system. The move is only the latest in a series of deals between the two
"There's a real distinct philosophy we share with CA," Gates told a packed
hall. "I think in the long run we are going to be beneficial to each other."
The CEO also said the company is making strides in addressing the
"scalability" of Windows NT, which refers to how many processors it can support in a single machine as well as within a cluster of computers. But he said reliability within the operating system so that it does not crash still needs improvement.
"Reliability is one [thing] that is ever more important to us and will require our
best work," he said.
Gates and two of his employees also rolled out demonstrations of some of
the services in NT 5.0 as well as the added CA functionality in NT 5.0. The
befell a Windows 98 demonstration last week, where a Windows 98-powered machine crashed during a demonstration, were alluded to, but the show-and-tell session went off without a hitch.
During a question and answer session following Gates's speech, not one query
was directed at the company's current legal battle with the federal
government concerning its market practices.