Gates: Next Decade to Bring Huge Software Advances Changes in software and computing over the next 10 years will affect all facets of life, Microsoft chairman says. PC World Thursday, March 13, 2008; 1:19 PM The coming decade will bring even more advances in software and computing than the last 10 years, bringing new ways to watch television, to use telephones and to input information into computers, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates predicted Thursday. Changes in software and computing over the next 10 years will be "very substantial" and will permeate all facets of life, Gates told a crowd of about 1,100 people during a Northern Virginia Technology Council breakfast in Washington, D.C. Computers and software have changed how people take photographs and purchase music, but other industries will be affected just as much in coming years, he said. "There are great realms of activity that digital approach has not yet touched on," Gates said. Among Gates' predictions for the coming decade: "In a broad sense, we can say that information workers ... are not yet empowered to collaborate in the way that they should," Gates said. "I think the opportunity is stronger than it's ever been." Gates said he's "very optimistic" about the future of the tech industry, even with the current questions about the U.S. economy. "I don't think anything will stop the rapid advances," he said. Gates also repeated his concerns about the number of H-1B and other immigrant worker visas available to U.S. companies. He testified before the U.S. Congress on the issue Wednesday. more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/13/AR2008031302213_pf.html Did he say anything new or the same old astrology forecast?