Tech Ed: Microsoft looking beyond PCs for growth

Ensuring that it does not get bogged down in the slowdown which has affected the PC market, Microsoft has stressed that it will be even more dependent on its enterprise customers to maintain its revenue going forward.

"There has been a slowdown in PC growth and we can no longer be reliant on PC growth as something that drives our revenue growth, so we have to ensurethat we continue to be successful in selling our servers and our server applications to enterprise customers," said Peter Moore, Microsoft's Australia's Director of .Net.

Moore was commentating today at the start of its annual developers conference, Tech Ed which is taking place in Melbourne.

"We need to make sure we continue to provide the things that people have become accustomed to with Microsoft around ease of use and reliability, and we need to provide those same things for the server space."

Moore said the conference will deliver new products in the company's .Net vision, such as Windows XP and Visual Basic.Net, as well as the launch of a new content management server, where Microsoft is set to demonstrate its capabilities in the enterprise market.

For the first time the Tech Ed conference will hold hands-on training sessions for the attendees on all facets of .Net, with 98 technical sessions for attendees to choose from.

Natalie Hambly is attending Tech Ed 2001 as a guest of Microsoft.

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