The second day of WinHEC was a bit slower paced than the first. The lack of a large keynote and the fact that the Expo Hall was only open at lunchtime gave us the feeling one gets when realizing class is getting out early. Well, perhaps that's a bit harsh. We've been attending sessions all day and have gleaned quite a bit more interesting information.

Yesterday was so jam packed that we skipped covering the Windows Hardware Showcase, as well as some of the other presentations that we attended. We'll be covering these areas today, along with a nostalgic trip down Microsoft's memory lane. Also on the agenda for Day 2 is a closer look at the hybrid hard drive demo, some auxiliary display concepts and thoughts, updated driver signatures for Longhorn, the future of the PC as a multimedia device, and some spicy coverage on digital rights management.

A hot button topic around WinHEC seems to be digital rights management. Of course, everyone has strong feelings about the current debates over digital media content protection, and the attendees of WinHEC are no exception. As an industry event, Microsoft has had several presentations on the advancements of content protection in Longhorn with no one really wanting to address the underlying end user vs. content provider issues.

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Without further ado, we bring you our Day 2 coverage of WinHEC 2005.

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  • JarredWalton - Saturday, April 30, 2005 - link

    I don't know what people do that causes these supposed crashes all the time. It's not that XP *never* crashes, but it's so rare that I almost always look for hardware problems if it begins to occur frequently. (Well, that and checking drivers, spyware, etc.) I have applications crash as well, but you can't really blame MS for an application bug (unless they wrote the application, of course).
  • NightCrawler - Friday, April 29, 2005 - link

    Damn my TV crashed, maybe the blue screen could include a picture of Bill Gates.

    Anyways here are the steps to enjoying Longhorn:

    1. Buy super fast hardware from newegg/zipzoomfly etc.

    2. Install Windows 2010 {Longhorn}.

    3. Install Crack provided by 12 year old chinese/russian super hacker.

    4. Enjoy :)
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - link

    Bill Gates mentioned in the keynote that the cost for a tablet PC is now ~$100 more than that of a standard laptop, and they feel that was critical in getting increased adoption of tablet PCs. Certainly, MS gave no indication that they think tablets are going away, although they didn't say a whole lot about them becoming more popular.

    Windows CE is still a pretty major business for MS, but I think the focus at this WinHEC was on the launch of XP-64 and the work being done on Longhorn. CE 5.0 is used in many products, and I believe it is the renamed version of PocketPC, right? (I don't follow that market as much, so I may be way off.)
  • Cygni - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - link

    These arent the things that really get the most coverage or press, but i was wondering if there was much or anything on display from the Tablet and PocketPC worlds? I know all the market people seem to think that PocketPC's are on the way out, but i still see a gigantic amount of potential not being tapped. Tablets too... they seem to be dropping off the market instead of growing.

    Any new stuffs about MS's stance at WinHEC or anything would be enjoyed on this end. Thanks.
  • Son of a N00b - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - link

    i for one, while i can see the future do not like HTPC's, expecially when they are not the best quality (plz correct me if i am wrong, becuase i do not know much abot thme), but i like having a TV and a PC, having them run out of the same box at the same time though wouldnt be to bad, along with house controls, like air conditioning, lights, that would be cool, yet unpractical until twenty years from now....HTPC's INHO cannot really benefit yet...
  • DerekWilson - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - link

    Thanks Pete :-)
  • Pete - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - link

    I figure with this nitpick, both of you will be as *wary* of my posts as I'm *weary* of how weak Word's spellcheck is in this era of 2+GHz CPUs.

    Last paragraph, page two. ;)

    Good read, and good points WRT DRM.
  • sprockkets - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - link

    funny but using my new cheap $150 lite on dvd recorder I use the svideo in port and record 1080i shows and it looks good enought for me in 720x480. And using one with a built in hdd is much easier than using a computer to do the same thing, not to mention much smaller and cheaper. Yeah you can do more with a computer, but why have a 200w device doing what my lite on does with 36w?

    IP over TV? I can see it now. "Sorry, cannot connect to show LOST due to too many users."

    "My MCE got hacked, and all the friends I had over saw porn come on the screen during the movie."

    I think for these people it's a matter of not making money, it's just I want to release my show when I want where I want. On the consumer side, I want the right to have it now, as in I don't want to wait 8 months for you to release a movie onto personal formats.

  • oupei - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - link

    #13 just like you could use win98 right now? I don't think xp will be an alternative for very long. Linux, on the other hand, might be...

    man, why does it have to be "home theater IN A BOX"? do you have to make a point to exclude real home theater systems?
  • Brian23 - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - link

    Don't forget that we can still use XP or Linux if these newfangled operating systems take away our rights.

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