Microsoft to Launch Windows XP Embedded at Developers Conference

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 27, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it will launch Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded, the componentized version of the Windows XP operating system used for building reliable and full-featured connected client devices, at the second annual Windows Embedded Developers Conference on Nov. 28, 2001, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Delivering on the commitment to deliver Windows XP Embedded within 90 days of the release of the desktop version ensures that embedded developers have access to the latest Windows-based technologies. As part of the launch activities, Microsoft and its Rapid Development Partners will showcase the first group of devices based on the new operating system. The Windows Embedded Developers Conference will kick off with a launch event at 9 a.m. on Nov. 28 and will run though Nov. 30. Attendees will also have access to in-depth technical sessions on all the Microsoft Windows Embedded operating systems, technologies and development tools including Windows XP Embedded,
“Talisker,” the code name for the next version of Windows CE, and Visual Studio® .NET.

“Windows XP Embedded will enable our customers and partners to take advantage of the latest and greatest Windows technology for their embedded devices and to deliver their solutions to market quickly and cost effectively,”
said Bill Veghte, vice president of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft.
“Utilizing the Windows Embedded Developers Conference for the launch event gives partners and customers the opportunity to participate in this exciting milestone and at the same time receive detailed information on all our next-generation products including Windows XP Embedded, ‘Talisker’ and Visual Studio .NET.”

Windows Embedded Developers Conference

Windows Embedded Developers Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in technical sessions presented by members of the Microsoft product teams and industry experts designing and developing the next generation of Windows Embedded operating systems. Participants will be among the first developers to gain in-depth experience with Windows XP Embedded through on-site hands-on labs. In addition, there will be detailed sessions on topics such as building and developing smart and connected embedded devices, Microsoft .NET and application development, and an introduction to Windows Embedded technologies. Sessions will focus on Windows XP Embedded,
.NET and application development tools. The Windows Embedded Developers Conference will also feature a partner pavilion, in which attendees can learn about exciting new Windows Powered solutions from industry partners. More information on the Windows Embedded Developers Conference can be found at .

About the Microsoft Windows Embedded Family

The Microsoft Windows Embedded operating systems and tools provide comprehensive software platforms for building the next generation of intelligent, 32-bit connected Windows Powered devices that demand rich applications and Internet services for a wide range of flexible solutions. In addition, Microsoft offers a wide range of programs and services designed to meet the specific needs of Windows Embedded customers, industry partners and developers. Windows Embedded operating systems currently shipping include Windows CE 3.0 and Windows NT® Embedded 4.0. Next-generation Windows Embedded platforms in development include
the code name for the next-generation of the Windows CE operating system, Windows XP Embedded, the componentized version of the Windows XP operating system, and
“Whistler Embedded Server,”
the code name for the componentized version of the Windows .NET Server platform.

About Microsoft

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) 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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