Windows XP takes a bite out of Big Apple

In an effort to revive support in its flagship operating system and in a city devastated by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Microsoft announced late Monday that it will officially unmask its anticipated Windows XP operating system at a flashy event in New York City's Time Square.

Bill Gates and various industry executives will host a launch event at the Marriott Marquis Theatre in New York's theater district on Oct. 25, Microsoft said.

The company is betting big on the new operating system to drive its strategy of pervasive computing, called .Net. With built-in features such as instant messaging and notification, two components of its Web services initiative formerly called Hailstorm, Windows XP is pegged as the first major operating system release to come from Microsoft since Windows 95.

In a statement Monday, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Microsoft's decision to launch the operating system in New York represents a revival of the city similar to that of the Windows platform. New York is recovering from Sept. 11's terrorist attacks, which toppled the World Trade Center towers and killed thousands.

"Microsoft's launch of Windows XP in our city is an affirmation of the business community's continuing commitment to New York City remaining the business capital of the world," Giuliani said in a statement. "It is another example of the fact that New York City is open for business."

While the Oct. 25 launch of the operating system will mark the date when Windows XP will be distributed widely in retail stores and through manufacturers, customers already have an opportunity to get the operating system from PC manufacturers.

Compaq Computer Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. Monday officially unveiled a series of computers that feature the operating system, available through their direct sales channels. Other PC makers, including Gateway Corp. and Dell Computer Corp. have also begun selling PCs configured with the operating system.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Berger

Computerworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?