Digital Appliances Converge at Windows CE Developers Conference

REDMOND, Wash., May 28, 1999 — Recognizing the increased interest in the Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system as a leading platform for innovation for digital appliances and embedded systems, Microsoft Corp. will kick off the fourth annual Windows CE Developers Conference with over 2000 attendees expected at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, June 6-9.

The Windows CE Developers Conference is a forum for independent software developers and corporate technology professionals to receive the latest technical and marketing support information on the Windows CE operating system.

Microsoft executives, including Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Business Productivity Group, and Harel Kodesh, vice president of the Productivity Appliance Division, will discuss the market opportunities created by Windows CE, as well as major strategic initiatives for the operating system. More than 60 technical sessions will cover topics such as developing embedded systems with Windows CE, developing state-of-the-art applications for PC Companion devices using Windows CE, and examining Windows CE itself.

“Windows CE is enabling a booming market of digital appliances and embedded applications,” Kodesh said. “The Windows CE Developers Conference is the best venue for ISVs and corporate developers to learn how they can transfer their skills and expertise in software development tools for 32-bit Windows to this platform. Developers will not only get the latest technical updates, code samples and product information, they will also be able to talk directly with development teams at Microsoft to get firsthand insight into Windows CE.”

Windows CE powers devices from consumer appliances to business productivity tools and embedded systems. More than 100 hardware and software companies will demonstrate their Windows CE-based products in a trade fair during the conference. A variety of after-hours entertainment is also planned, including a welcome reception for early arrivals on Sunday, June 6, as well as special events on Monday and Tuesday nights. The Windows CE Developers Conference is sponsored by Casio Computer Company Ltd., Compaq Computer Corp., Hitachi Ltd., IBM Corp., Kingston Technology Corp., MIPS Technologies Inc., Motorola Inc., NEC Corp., Oracle Corp., QED, Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems Inc., Sybase Inc., Sybex Inc., STMicroelectronics and Xircom Inc.

Developers interested in attending the Windows CE Developers Conference can register via the Web at http://events.microsoft.com/events/windowsce /.

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