Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates told a banking audience for the umpteenth time Wednesday that his company has no intention to enter their business, then proceeded to show how Microsoft is getting more and more under their technological skins.

Speaking to some 9,000 people at the Bank Administration Institute's Retail Delivery Conference, Mr. Gates laid out an ambitious strategy to give financial institutions "the tools they need" to survive and prosper in a world dominated by the Internet and electronic systems that build up around it.

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