Bill Gates's New Focus: Streaming Video

Microsoft's NetShow video software is coming on strong

For the past year and a half, there hasn't been much to cheer about in Building 9 on Microsoft Corp.'s campus in Redmond, Wash. That's where engineers labor on the company's NetShow streaming-media technology--which has been roundly criticized for producing nearly unwatchable postcard-size videos on PC screens. "To date, NetShow has been a no-show," says analyst Gregory Tapper of Giga Information Group.

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