Bill Gates, the founder of US giant Microsoft, will pay a visit to Romania in early February following his participation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, the communication manager for Microsoft Romania Paula Apreotesei confirmed for

Sources who wish to remain anonymous told that Bill Gates will attend an event for the launch of a new Microsoft product on the Romanian market.

This would be Gates' first visit to Romania, ten years after Microsoft first opened a branch here in 2006. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visited the country last year.

Other news sources such as the Realitatea TV news channel and the Mediafax press agency confirmed the news by noon on Monday.

Microsoft Romania eyes to triple its business figure by 2010 after it reported a 29% boost of income in the fiscal year 2006 compared to the previous year, company data show.