Retailers Support Designed for Windows XP Logo Program

Systems, Applications and Devices With Windows XP Logo Will Provide Users With

High-Quality Computing Experiences



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of Bill Gates'
 keynote call for quality at this week's Windows(R) Hardware Engineering
 Conference (WinHEC) 2001, leading retailers are lining up in support of the
 Microsoft Designed for Windows XP Logo program. This new program will bring
 hardware and software quality standards under a single logo, making it easier
 for customers to recognize products that are designed to deliver the best
 computing experiences with the Microsoft(R) Windows XP operating system.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "The Designed for Windows XP Logo Program will ensure that Windows XP
 users have the best PC experience ever," said Jim Allchin, group vice
 president of the Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT). "Through
 this unprecedented level of collaboration with our industry partners, we have
 created a program that truly raises the bar and will deliver the highest
 quality products that will unlock the potential of the PC for end users. The
 combination of new systems, devices and applications bearing this logo and the
 underlying quality of Windows XP will result in the best user experience."
     "Our customers expect a great experience with the products we offer, and
 the Designed for Windows XP Logo program will help us and our customers
 identify the products that can deliver on this promise," said Mike Ryan, vice
 president of merchandising, Circuit City Stores Inc. "Circuit City supports
 the Designed for Windows XP Logo program and will make it a part of our buying
 criteria."
     "The Designed for Windows XP Logo program will be a win for customers, our
 vendors and Best Buy," said Dave Morrish, senior vice president of
 merchandising, Best Buy Co., Inc. "We expect to sell more logo-emblazoned
 products, which will increase our customers' satisfaction and lower our return
 rates."
     In addition to Best Buy and Circuit City, other leading channel retailers,
 including CompUSA Inc., Office Depot Inc., RadioShack and Staples Inc., will
 join in support of improving quality and plan to make the Windows XP logo a
 buying criterion for retail merchandise beginning with the 2001 holiday
 season.
     Companies interested in joining the Designed for Windows XP Logo program
 or in reviewing draft logo requirements and learning about the benefits
 associated with the program should visit
 http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/partners/ .
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of Bill Gates'
 keynote call for quality at this week's Windows(R) Hardware Engineering
 Conference (WinHEC) 2001, leading retailers are lining up in support of the
 Microsoft Designed for Windows XP Logo program. This new program will bring
 hardware and software quality standards under a single logo, making it easier
 for customers to recognize products that are designed to deliver the best
 computing experiences with the Microsoft(R) Windows XP operating system.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "The Designed for Windows XP Logo Program will ensure that Windows XP
 users have the best PC experience ever," said Jim Allchin, group vice
 president of the Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT). "Through
 this unprecedented level of collaboration with our industry partners, we have
 created a program that truly raises the bar and will deliver the highest
 quality products that will unlock the potential of the PC for end users. The
 combination of new systems, devices and applications bearing this logo and the
 underlying quality of Windows XP will result in the best user experience."
     "Our customers expect a great experience with the products we offer, and
 the Designed for Windows XP Logo program will help us and our customers
 identify the products that can deliver on this promise," said Mike Ryan, vice
 president of merchandising, Circuit City Stores Inc. "Circuit City supports
 the Designed for Windows XP Logo program and will make it a part of our buying
 criteria."
     "The Designed for Windows XP Logo program will be a win for customers, our
 vendors and Best Buy," said Dave Morrish, senior vice president of
 merchandising, Best Buy Co., Inc. "We expect to sell more logo-emblazoned
 products, which will increase our customers' satisfaction and lower our return
 rates."
     In addition to Best Buy and Circuit City, other leading channel retailers,
 including CompUSA Inc., Office Depot Inc., RadioShack and Staples Inc., will
 join in support of improving quality and plan to make the Windows XP logo a
 buying criterion for retail merchandise beginning with the 2001 holiday
 season.
     Companies interested in joining the Designed for Windows XP Logo program
 or in reviewing draft logo requirements and learning about the benefits
 associated with the program should visit
 http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/partners/ .
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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