The News From Redmond

NOTHING BUT DOT-NET Where do you want to go? If you're Microsoft, to the Internet--and fast. That's the message an invitation-only group of reporters and Wall Street analysts heard last week at the software giant's Redmond, Wash., campus. Gates & Co. unveiled .NET ("dot-net"), a clunkily named companywide initiative that aims to at long last yank the company--whose main products still come shrink-wrapped--into the Internet age. Gates and his troops hauled out gadgets that were truly cool (a new Net-friendly tablet PC you write on with a pen), and videos that tried too hard to be (a promo for a new...

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