In an interview on, Bill Gates stated what's next for his company, as he plans to retire from a full-time job next year:

"With Vista shipping now, we'll get a higher percentage of R&D on that Live-type capability. Over the next year you're going to see some neat things coming out. No one has done the platform on the Internet the way we think it needs to be done. We've got a lot of breakthroughs that we're going to be rolling out."

This Internet plaform as no one did it before sounds very interesting, I need to admit. You just have to wait to see how this stuff will come to life.