Microsoft chairman Bill Gates delivered his final publicly scheduled speech as a full-time Microsoft employee today to a roomful of software developers, telling the audience: "the success of Microsoft really is due to our relationship with developers".
Gates started as a developer 33 years ago when he co-founded Microsoft, and the developers of the Windows OS are a primary reason the company is an industry powerhouse. The latter is not lost on Gates, who kicked off the TechEd Developers conference, addressing what is perhaps his company's most loyal audience.
Gates spoke only briefly about his July 1 transition to spending most of his time at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, calling it "a bit abrupt".
"It will put me in new territory," he said. "That's the first time I've really changed my career since I was 17 years old. I've been completely immersed in software."
Gates unveiled Microsoft's future direction application modelling, part of Project Oslo, Microsoft's application-development plan for making it easier for developers to build service-oriented architectures.