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Tech Giants Hop Aboard Windows XP Launch

NEW YORK -- In a cramped corner of the Marriott Marquis theater in Times Square, Microsoft boss Bill Gates joined with 50 of the biggest names in the technology industry to start the ball rolling on the much-hyped launch of the Windows XP operating system.

"XP was a dream that started a decade ago...Tomorrow marks the completion of that dream," Gates told journalists just hours after Microsoft lifted the curtain on its Partner Pavilion, where technology plays are showcasing hardware and software services built for the new platform.

Accompanying Gates on the small stage were representatives from Adobe Corp., Agere Systems, Canon U.S.A Inc., Corel Corp. and SnapStream Media. Immediately after his brief remarks, Gates and other Microsoft executives toured the partner booths.

Microsoft group president Jim Allchin helped tout the new operating system. "Technology companies from every corner of the PC industry will display their hardware and software built for the XP platform...It's really exciting for me to see so many partners offer such a wide range of Windows XP solutions."

The Partner Pavilion, which resembles a trade show, includes exhibits from independent software/hardware vendors showing off their Windows XP-compatible products.

The exhibition included companies operating in the fields of digital photography, music and video; mobile devices and wireless support; home networks; and real-time Internet telephony.

Among the more prominent products on display were scanners, printers, external drives and add-in cards.

In addition to the Partner Pavilion event, CompUSA Inc. and Gateway Country are planning a late-night Windows XP Madness event at their Manhattan retail stores the further hype the event.