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May 17, 2006 at 10:41 AM

CEO Summit: Gates brandishes ‘incredible devices’

Bill Gates talked up the “incredible devices” of the digital lifestyle. In particular he showed off a portable media player “that iRiver is coming out with; it’s a 199 device,” Gates said, though I’m not sure if that referred to a price or a model number (couldn’t find an iRiver 199 on a quick Web search).

“You can see how small and nice these things have gotten, storing thousands of songs and photos and things like that,” Gates said, showing off the iPod-sized unit to his audience of 100-plus CEOs gathered in Redmond.

He also brandished the new smart phone from Motorola, whose CEO, Ed Zander, was scheduled to be in the audience. (No way to know for sure because members of the media are kept in a separate room from where Gates and the CEOs do their mind-meld.)

Gates said Microsoft is partnering with Motorola on the new phone, called the Q, due out “in the near future.” In fact, Motorola is planning to roll out the phone next week, Zander told analysts in San Francisco, according to this Network World story.

Motorola says it will run Windows Mobile 5.0 and be 50 percent thinner than competitors like the Treo 700w.

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