Microsoft launches Windows XP

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New York--Microsoft Corp. today at the Marriott Marquis Times Square hotel is holding the first in a series of events designed to introduce its Microsoft Windows XP operating system, which will become commercially available Oct. 25. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and Microsoft Group VP Jim Allchin are participating.Intel Corp. and Canon U.S.A. Inc. are also major participants in the events because the operating system could spur sales of their chips and devices. There are about 12,000 compatible scanners, printers, external drives and add-in cards available for Windows XP--nearly twice the number of compatible products available for Windows 2000 at its launch. More than 150 companies are supporting the new digital media features of Windows XP. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is offering a $50 rebate on its professional edition to participants in local events.

--John Evan Frook

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