NEW Tablet and Mobile PC Developer Conference Announced

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New Microsoft Conference Set for San Francisco

FTP, Inc. to Manage Microsoft Windows Anywhere – The Tablet and Mobile PC Developer Conference

Conference Dates: February 6-10, 2005

SAN MATEO, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — 10/28/2004 — Fawcette Technical Publications, Inc. (FTP) announced today that it is launching a new conference for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Microsoft Windows Anywhere – The Tablet and Mobile PC Developer Conference. This new event will run concurrently with FTP’s own VSLive! San Francisco, the premier independent development conference.

“Microsoft is excited about partnering with FTP to bring the Microsoft Windows Anywhere conference to our developer community. Mobile PC applications, including those for the Tablet PC, are experiencing a great deal of growth as companies increasingly look for ways to get at their data anywhere and at anytime,” said Frank Gocinski, business development manager for the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp.

This is the first event that has a specific focus on mobile PCs, which aligns directly with Microsoft’s Mobile Platforms Division. This division is focused on furthering the development of not only Tablet PC functionality, but features in the operating system that will enhance mobile computing on any notebook PC. The conference will feature three tracks of content: Tablet PC Solutions Development, which focuses on the pen and digital ink-based integration; Mobile PC Solutions Development, which focuses on building truly Mobile PC applications taking advantage of full Windows XP on mobile PCs; and a new and somewhat unique track focused on Business Development for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), which is aimed at helping ISVs produce the business value evidence and partnering expertise necessary to sell their products into the marketplace. Microsoft Windows Anywhere – The Tablet and Mobile PC Developer Conference will be February 8 and 9, plus a pre-conference workshop on February 6.

FTP founder and CEO James Fawcette said, “We’re pleased to be working with Microsoft to create this exciting, new conference. Mobile PCs is a strategic area for Microsoft. By running this event concurrently with VSLive!, Microsoft and our other event sponsors will reach thousands of IT professionals in one event-packaged week.”…

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