Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect at Microsoft, has unveiled a PC prototype which he claims will "usher in the next wave of innovation for the PC industry".
Speaking at the 12th annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in New Orleans, Gates demonstrated the PC, code-named Athens, which has been co-developed with Hewlett Packard.
The device is designed to be a centre for collaboration which merges all forms of communication, including next-generation voice, video and text messaging.
Athens features integrated telephony functionality with a wireless handset and headset, flat panel display, appliance-like availability and "truly quiet" operation.
"The hardware industry and Microsoft are leading the next wave of PC development by creating unprecedented levels of synergy between hardware and software," said Gates.
"The result will be innovative products that improve the way our customers work, communicate, learn and are entertained.
"The Athens prototype is just one example of the amazing things that are possible when hardware and software companies collaborate deeply on new designs."
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