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On May 19, 2005, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates released a company-wide memo simply titled "The New World of Work." 

In it, Gates outlined some of the tectonic shifts people could expect to see in their office spaces over the next 10 years. 

Not all of the predictions came true — we don't all use software that recognizes when we're swamped and filters out distractions automatically — but he got a surprising amount right.

 

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