Microsoft, HP launch PC prototype ĎAthensí
Bill Gates, chairman and chief software
architect at Microsoft, unveiled a new PC prototype designed to
enhance the computing experience and usher in the next wave of innovation
for the PC industry during his opening keynote at the 12th annual
Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC). Gates showed the
new PC prototype as just one example of the type of innovation required
to address the needs of usersinnovation that is only possible
when hardware and software are developed together.
Co-developed with HP and code-named Athens,
the advanced PC prototype simplifies PC operations while merging
all forms of communicationincluding next-generation voice,
video and text messaginginto a consistent, streamlined design.
The hardware industry and Microsoft
are leading the next wave of PC development by creating unprecedented
levels of synergy between hardware and software, Gates said.
The result will be innovative products that improve the way
customers work, communicate, learn and are entertained. The Athens
PC prototype is just one example of the amazing things that are
possible when hardware and software companies collaborate deeply
on new designs.
In a world where technology is increasingly
commoditising, the need for innovation that solves real business
problems and creates a richer customer experience is stronger than
ever, said Carly Fiorina, chairman and chief executive officer
of HP. Just as we did with the Tablet PC and the Media Centre
PC, HP and Microsoft are creating a new standard of joint innovation
in hardware, software and product design. The Athens
prototype PC will empower business customers with an entirely new
class of business technology that provides a seamless and natural
experience for communications and collaboration.