Bill Gates Unveils Microsoft Windows XP — The New Windows

SEATTLE, Feb. 13, 2001 — Today the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system made its public debut at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, and Jim Allchin, group vice president of Windows and the platforms product group, introduced the world to Windows XP (previously code-named
“Whistler”
), the new Windows for home and work. The event featured a sneak peek at the brand new visual design for Windows and on-stage demonstrations of exciting new personal computing experiences enabled by Windows XP, as well as videotaped statements by industry leaders pledging unprecedented support for the product.

“People want to do more and more with their PCs,”
said Gates.
“Windows XP builds on their dreams, taking the power and adaptability of the PC to a new level. It delivers on our vision of bringing the most advanced Windows ever to home users, unlocking the true and amazing potential of everyone’s PC.”

Windows XP, built on the enhanced Windows 2000 engine, features a fresh new look and extends the personal computing experience by uniting PCs, devices and services like never before. Windows XP also represents an important step in delivering on the Microsoft .NET vision. The Windows XP-based PC will be at the center of the .NET experience, empowering people to move beyond disconnected applications, services and devices to complete computing experiences that redefine the relationship between people, software and the Internet.

Windows XP Introduces a Fresh New Look

Windows XP will introduce a brand new look that will make it very easy to use, yet incredibly powerful for all types of PC users. The new visual design will facilitate task-based computing, bringing a fresh look to a familiar desktop, and will be the most significant update to the Windows interface since Windows 95. The design will bring a simple, colorful and clean look to the desktop, while also making the PC easier and more intuitive to use. Focused on enhancing the user experience, these improvements are the result of significant customer feedback, research and development. Those interested in obtaining a first look at these exciting new elements should visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp .

Windows XP Will Deliver and Enable Rich User Experiences

Windows XP will not only improve the PC experience, it will extend the power of the PC across devices, digital media and Web services to provide new, richer experiences for users. Microsoft demonstrated examples of these rich user experiences, such as the ability for anyone who has a digital camera or scanner to copy pictures to their PC, view, print and share them with the world. Windows XP enhances the digital music experience, making it easy for users to build their digital music collections quickly, and take their music with them on popular portable music devices. Additionally, Windows XP makes it easy and fun for users to find and view movies from the Web, edit and share their own home movies, and play back DVDs. Windows XP also makes it easy to get help with a question or problem, allowing users to directly connect to a friend or an expert who can help. The Windows XP-based PC will be the place where all of these digital devices, exciting media and compelling services come together.

Industry Rallies Behind Windows XP

Even before the official launch of Windows XP, scheduled for the second half of this year, industry leaders are rallying behind the new operating system. Personal computer manufacturers look forward to bringing customers compelling new products by combining the latest hardware innovations with the new Windows.

“The combination of Windows XP and Compaq PCs will give our customers a much richer computing experience, whether they’re at home, at work or on the road,”
said Michael D. Capellas, Compaq’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“Compaq and Microsoft share a common vision focused on making it easier for customers to access the information, content and entertainment they want — when, where and how they want it. Windows XP is an innovative product that will help make this vision a reality. Compaq has worked closely with Microsoft to bring Windows XP to life, and we are committed to making it available on our business and consumer PCs as soon as it is released.”

In addition, retailers are already anticipating strong demand for a wide array of products that will work with Windows XP, including new PCs, software, hardware and devices. Many of these retailers are planning to offer products that will ensure a smooth transition to Windows XP when it becomes available later this year.

“Circuit City is making a strong commitment to our consumers,”
said W. Alan McCollough, president and chief executive officer of Circuit City.

Beginning today, we’re going to ensure that all Windows-based PCs we sell are configured to allow for an easy transition to

Windows XP. When it’s available, all the Windows-based PCs we sell will be running Windows XP. We’re also working closely with Microsoft to help our hardware and software partners be ready for this important launch, and ensure today’s products are ready for Windows XP.

Windows XP Availability

Windows XP will be made available in two versions: Windows XP Professional for business users and Windows XP Home Edition for home users. The second beta version of Windows XP is scheduled for release in the next month to a select group of Microsoft customers, partners and beta testers. The final version of Windows XP is scheduled to be generally available in the second half of 2001.

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“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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