Microsoft to Highlight Imaging and Home Networking At Eighth Annual WinHEC, April 7-9 in Los Angeles

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 10, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. and the PC industry will focus on the major changes and new initiatives to advance the Microsoft® Windows® operating system and PCs into the new millennium at the eighth annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC 99) in Los Angeles, April 7-9. WinHEC 99 will spotlight further advancements of the PC platform and related products by addressing key hardware technologies and designs such as digital imaging and home networking. Visit the conference Web site for detailed information and online registration ( ).

“We’re looking forward to working together with the hardware industry at WinHEC 99 to advance the platform,”
said Carl Stork, general manager for hardware strategy and evangelism at Microsoft.
“WinHEC 99 provides developers of Windows-compatible hardware with the unique opportunity to see the future of the Windows platform through the latest and most innovative technology developments.”

Microsoft President Steve Ballmer will join Brian Valentine and David Cole, vice presidents in the Windows operating systems division, in presenting keynote addresses at WinHEC 99. Ballmer will address Microsoft’s overall strategy for advancing the PC platform and focus on customer scenarios to demonstrate how those in the hardware industry can work together to make PC platform advances happen. Valentine will present Microsoft’s plans for enterprise computing, which embraces a software-plus-hardware solution. And Cole will focus on ease of use for the end user and simplicity in the PC architecture for the next generation of consumer computing.

WinHEC 99 will feature over 50 presentations by PC industry leaders delivering the information that technical managers, developers, hardware engineers and product planners from semiconductor, peripheral and system manufacturers need to keep up with hardware advances and emerging trends, which will allow companies to build the most competitive Windows-based PCs and systems.

Texas Instruments Inc. will co-sponsor WinHEC 99, with additional sponsorship by 3Com Corp., Adaptec Inc., Advanced Micro Devices Inc., ATI Technologies Inc., Cirrus Logic Inc., Intel Corp., NVIDIA Corp., Open Systems Resources Inc. and Standard Microsystems Corp. Already, 73 companies have registered to exhibit at the show. For additional information on WinHEC 99 and information on how to register, please visit .

WinHEC 99 Exhibitors

To date, companies planning exhibitions at WinHEC 99 include the following: 1394 Trade Association, 3Dfx Interactive Inc., 3Dlabs Inc., Adaptec Inc., AMD, American Arium, Aox Inc., APM Inc. – Advanced Performance Materials, Arithmos Inc., ATI Technologies Inc., Audio Precision, Aureal Semiconductor Inc., BlueWater Systems Inc., Brooktrout Technology, CATC, Cell Computing Inc., CLARiiON (a division of Data General Corp.), Communica Inc., Compuware Corp., Creative Labs Inc., Cyrix Corp. (a National Semiconductor company), David Solomon Expert Seminars Inc., Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc., ELSA, Energizer Power Systems Inc., IDT, Intel Corp., Kawasaki LSI U.S.A. Inc., LSI Logic Corp., Matrox Graphics Inc., Miller Freeman Inc./Multimedia Systems Design, NeoMagic Corp., NSTL Inc., NVIDIA

Corp., Ochs Industries Inc., OPTi Inc., PCMCIA, PC-TEL Inc., Phoenix Technologies Ltd., PixelFusion Ltd., Quadrant International Inc., Questra Consulting, Rambus Inc., S3 Inc., SanDisk Corp., Sigma Designs Inc., Silent Systems Inc., SiRF Technology, SMSC – Standard Microsystems Corp., Sonnetech Ltd., SRS Labs Inc., ST Microelectronics Inc., Syzygy International Corp., TCOM-Inc., Telex Communications Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., USAR Systems Inc., VeriTest Inc., VESA, VLSI Technology Inc., VMETRO Inc. and YAMAHA Systems Technology Inc.

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