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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addressing a developer conference in Sydney

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addressing a developer conference in Sydney

New products

What gets Steve Ballmer excited when it comes to new products? Well, there's Steve Ballmer the user and Steve Ballmer the developer evangelist.

"From a user perspective I'm excited by Windows Mobile 7 and the next release of Windows Live at end of the year," he said.

As a developer, Ballmer sees a bright future for integration of SharePoint with the cloud-based SharePoint online. Also on the cards is porting the Microsoft Access database front end to SharePoint.

"The productivity benefits for business applications and the tools we are building, with Microsoft Access as a front end, will make it a higher-level development environment," he said. "Writing applications with SharePoint will be pretty attractive for some people."

Human computing is the future

To finish his keynote, Ballmer began prognosticating about what computers will be like 10 years from now.

If someone asked me what's the best profession to recommend people get into - that's software development," he said. "So much more innovation will be created in the next 10 years. Ten years from now we will look back and say how primitive life was back then."

"We will talk to computers and they will respond. Everything we touch will be an electronic surface connected to the Internet. Everything will be automatically streamed. There is sure a lot of software left writing in this world."

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