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  • Windows 98 A Big Hit at Windows World Expo/Tokyo '98
  • July 7, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The Japanese version of Windows 98, scheduled to ship on July 25, attracted substantial attention from crowds at the recent Windows World Expo /Tokyo '98.
    Many peripherals in compliance with USB and IEEE1394 were also demonstrated at the show.

    Some 295 PC-related makers joined the exhibition, held at Makuhari Messe, outside Tokyo, from July 1-4.

    Windows 98 was revealed to the public for the first time at this exhibition. In the keynote address on the first day, Susumu Furukawa, chairman of Microsoft Co., Ltd. of Japan, stressed the new functions of Window 98. A demonstration session for Windows 98 at the company's booth attracted more people than the booth could hold (See chart ).

    In addition, there were many peripherals with the USB and IEEE1394 interface on display that are supported by Windows 98. Audio equipment from Roland Corp. and Yamaha Corp. were introduced as universal serial bus (USB)-capable peripherals. There also were exhibits with conventional mouse, keyboard and printer devices.

    IO Data Device Inc. displayed prototypes of a Super disk drive for USB, an interface board for IEEE1394 and a CD-ROM drive for IEEE139 4.

    Following Sony Corp.'s VAIO series, Toshiba Corp. exhibited DynaBookSS 3000 Series, a slim B5-sized, notebook PC with Windows 9 8 installed. In reply to these challenges, Sony showed a new model of its PCG-505 equipped with an IEEE1394 port. It interested many visitors.

    Sony also displayed a mini-notebook PC prototype similar to Toshiba 's Libretto. The model is equipped with a color thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) of 1,024 x 480 dots based on the USB and IEEE1394 interfaces. It also has a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera attached on the upper part of the monitor for shooting static and dynamic images.

    Casio Computer Co., Ltd. joined the show with a sample A5-sized mini -notebook PC having a 6.7-in. TFT-LCD displaying 800 dots x 600 dots .

    Sony and Casio have not priced the above-mentioned models yet, but will try to launch them in the market within this year.

    Chart: Microsoft's booth

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    Updated: Mon Jul 6 16:24:16 1998