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Bill Gates farewell to London

Bill Gates was in London yesterday – his last visit to the UK while he is still full-time at Microsoft. This comes at the end of a ten-day tour through the Middle East and Europe, where Bill keynoted at the Government Leader’s Forum in Berlin and at the WEF in Davos; in Abu Dhabi, he witnessed the signing of a deal between Microsoft and Emirates to set up an ‘Innovation Lab’ in Dubai to develop products and services for the travel industry. Here is Bill pictured with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Wikipedia, PDF) , Chairman of Emirates.

The UK team managed a series of great meetings and events – at the Institute of Directors, “An Audience with Bill Gates” heard Bill outline his thoughts on the “Second Digital Decade”;  more than 700 partners attended the Longhorn launch event; he met 45 CIO’s from the largest UK enterprises; Bill met Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street and talked about Local Software Economy; then attended a Prince’s Trust reception at the House of Commons. Bill featured on the Money Programme and you’ll see an interview with him in the Sunday Times. Over the 8 hour day Bill addressed over 2000 people. That’s some itinerary!

If you haven’t seen this it’s worth a look. Very amusing. I’m sure we’ll hear more from him soon.

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