Microsoft's Bill Gates opens the 2003 CES in Vegas and StudioClub
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Bill Gates introduces Smart Personal Technology 
(SPOT) and is key speaker opening CES 2003

This picture of Las Vegas was taken from the Voo Doo Lounge 
in the Rio Casino where Microsoft had one of their great parties.
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Girls of CES

Microsoft showed off the first-eversatellite version of WebTV as well as additions to its popular Microsoft Windows CE family-from devices that consumers hold in their hands to products that keep them informed and entertained while in their cars.

 

WebTV Networks, Inc. has teamed with EchoStar Communications Corp. to launch an innovative, satellite- based version of the WebTV service to match the product's already high-flying sales. The two companies announced the WebTV Network Plus Service for Satellite and the EchoStar  Model 7100 Satellite Receiver, the world's first Internet TV service available through satellite. The new service and receiver, which will be

available this spring, will revolutionize TV viewing by integrating the Dish Network's digital satellite video with the WebTV Network's  Internet TV experience. The result will bring digital video recording, an advanced Electronic Program Guide, broadband data delivery, e-mail accounts, child-protection features and WebTV's  popular multimedia e-mail within reach of millions of people.


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Elisa Shotwell with Microsoft
dances up a storm at the party

Rebecca Frankenberger

 
   


A big part of the news at CES is the big success of WebTV, already the world's  most popular Internet TV offering.
With  more than 700,000 subscribers and 1.5  million regular users, the 2-year-old WebTV service is growing fastest 

\out-of-the-gate than past innovations such as cell phones, VCRs and CD players. It is second in early adoptions only
to the Direct TV satellite service.  WebTV Internet terminals and  receivers are now sold in thousands of retail outlets
including Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Circuit City and the Good  Guys, and also over television via the  Home Shopping
Network. Sony, Philips, Mitsubishi and Samsung all make or distribute WebTV products. And the list of television
producers and networks that are using Interactive Television  Links for WebTV reads like a Who's  Who of the industry,

including such producers as Discovery Communications, NBC, E! Television,  Children's Television Workshop and The
Weather Channel.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's innovative announcements at CES also include  new benefits for consumers of a broad
range of intelligent electronics products. Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), the next phase of Microsoft's seven-year
Plug and Play initiative, makes it easier  for consumers to install and configure their intelligent consumer appliances
and devices on a home or small-business  network. UPnP also makes it easier for those products to work together

on a network and to share resources from any device in the home or business. For example, a homeowner with two PCs
and one high-speed Internet connection can share Internet access across both PCs. Many major companies are
pledging to produce UPnP-compatible products

"As appliances become more intelligent, and as the distinction between  appliances and computing devices blurs,
 much of their value to consumers will come from their ability to communicate  with other intelligent devices," Craig
Mundie, senior vice president, consumer  strategy at Microsoft, told CE  attendees during a packed keynote
address. "Because UPnP is built on existing standards, it will be relatively easy for vendors to implement, and easy
for consumers to take advantage of."

Attendees at CES also got to see other Microsoft innovations such as the Auto  PC, the newest member of the PC
companion line of products powered by  the Microsoft Windows CE operating system, and color-enabled Palm-size
PCs. The PC companion line of  products, which complement and extend  the functionality of PCs, range from the
highly portable Handheld PCs and Palm-size PCs to voice activated in-car computing Auto PC devices. The robust
Windows CE platform enables more  powerful and innovative devices than are possible with other small computing
 devices.

 

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The girls have fun at the Microsoft party at the Voo Doo Club in the
Rio Casion...great night for all!!!


 

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