Bill Gates gave the keynote address today (March 20, 2006) at Mix 06, the a 72-hour Microsoft conference taking place out in Las Vegas. According to a report by Richard MacManus, Bill Gates focused on the theme of rich media through a number of devices and spoke of the release of Internet Explorer 7 (which is now available here) and beyond just the browser (phones and other devices). Bill praise RSS and how he thinks it is very important. Bill also spoke about moving further enhancing the web capabilities of Office 2007.
After the keynote, Robert Scoble gave Mike Arrington of TechCrunch a "big present" or what Robert refers to as a power lunch - lunch with Bill Gates. Mike has been a champion ringleader for the web 2.0 movement and it appears Bill wants to better understand it. Mike got a few questions in about Office going online but admits he was a bit starstruck and surprised by the lunch guest.
For additional Mix 06 updates check out the video cast from the conference provided by Virtual Mix.
*Special thanks to Robert Scoble and his smart phone for the image of Bill Gates and Mike Arrington