Software maker will hold the conference in November in Los Angeles, a week after it has its Professional Developers Conference in the same locale.
WinHEC attendees get a laptop bag, unlike those at last week's professional developer conference. That said, their copy of Windows 7 will come on DVD, rather than the hard drive that PDC folks got.
Microsoft dismisses negative talk about is new operating system.
Hard drive news from WinHEC 2006
Redmond says the conference is aimed at those needing a kick-start creating products for Windows 7. It won't be the place where Microsoft talks about the future of its desktop operating system.
The next-generation connection standard for connecting peripherals to PCs is expected to offer 10 times the speed of USB 2.0.
Microsoft is meeting with hardware vendors this week, which might prove to be inconvenient timing given a federal judge's imminent ruling.
At Microsoft's conference for hardware makers, attendees divide their time between eyeing Windows 7 and watching the election returns come in.