Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was recently in Hong Kong to give support to Hong Kong’s proposed US $13 billion Cyberport project. The envisioned Cyberport will be an international multimedia and information service center that hopes to push Hong Kong to the forefront within the high-tech industry.

With the Cyberport project will come great opportunities for many high-tech businesses. Also during Mr. Gates’ visit was the announcement of a joint agreement between Microsoft and Hongkong Telecom to develop broadband services in Hong Kong. The focus will be on high-speed online broadband services and applications that will fuse personal computers with advanced telecommunication technologies.

As a result, users will be able to view movies, news videos, stock info, as well as write emails, listen to music, surf the web, shop, etc. all at the same time on the computer screen. Trials for the service will begin soon with commercial service probably beginning slightly thereafter.

Text: Mike Chu

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