Industry Gathers Around Hardware and Software Innnovation at Winhec

Improving the EndUser Experience: —

Microsoft is working with the PC industry to improve the quality of Windows PC technologies by solving the issues that cause problems today, including device driver support and compatibility with legacy devices and standards. In addition, Microsoft is committed to making PCs easier to use through improved communications, built-in intelligence and support for hardware technologies like Universal Serial Bus and Device Bay, which build on the Plug and Play technologies originally delivered in Windows 95. These improvements can greatly simplify deploying and using PCs at home and in the office.

Lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO):

WinHEC 98 includes information on lowering the total cost of PCs through hardware advancements including removing legacy connections, introducing new I/O technologies for servers, and implementing Windows management initiatives like Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) and Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI) and IntelliMirror. IntelliMirror is a set of technologies being developed in Windows NT 5.0 that will reduce TCO by simplifying desktop administration and end-user experience, improving service quality and uptime, and tracking and managing change.

Enabling New User Scenarios – Bill Gates keynote to provide PC Vision:

Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, March 26 discussing how advances in computer technology and communication infrastructure will fundamentally change the way both consumers and businesses use and benefit from personal computers.

WinHEC98 include demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors of the latest PC form factors that range from the PalmPC based on Microsoft’s Windows CE operating system to high-end servers running Windows NT Server. In addition, technology forums will focus on new usage scenarios for PCs including home networking, enterprise scalability, digital imaging and PC/TV convergence. The three-day conference runs through Friday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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