Comdex Spring 1999 - The ABCs of Posturing
Chicago -- Microsoft chair Bill Gates kicked off the 1999 Spring COMDEX and Window World Conference at his keynote address with a re-enactment of last year's infamous blue screen of death episode where a Windows 98 beta version crashed during the on-stage demo. The two main differences this year, however, were that Windows 2000 was the OS and the demo worked.
Making computing easier was one of the outstanding themes of Gates' presentation, noting the importance of ease-of-use and connectivity to home users. "People don't think of computers as just a device for large corporations,' he said.
Gates took the opportunity to announce a corporate preview program for Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server. The program provides beta 3 versions of the operating systems to corporate customers for evaluation and testing.