New York will be Windows XP launch City

Microsoft, on October 25th, will launch Windows XP in the theatre district of New York City, to be more precise, the Marriott Marquis Theatre.

New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that Microsoft's decision shows the business community's commitment to the stricken city. "It is another example of the fact that New York City is open for business," Giuliani said in a statement.

Microsoft's commitment to launch Windows XP far from its Redmond, Washington headquarters runs counter to a more widespread trend in which companies are canceling appearances by executives at trade shows and conferences around the country and abroad.

The event is expected to bring thousands of technology industry leaders to the Marriott Marquis Theatre near Times Square. Key Microsoft executives are expected to attend.

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said last week that he planned to keep the launch of Windows XP in New York City. And adding, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said "While the city is forever changed, we want this event to help remind the world that New York still represents strength and determination."

News sources: CNet News and CBS MarketWatch

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