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.
Software maker will hold the conference in November in Los Angeles, a week after it has its Professional Developers Conference in the same locale.
Microsoft dismisses negative talk about is new operating system.
At WinHEC 2008, the software maker will talk about better solid-state drive support and performance on Windows 7.
Hard drive news from WinHEC 2006
From Microsoft's WinHEC conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie shows what could be the future of health care in developing nations using an example of a patient who is illiterate--but like a lot of people in developing nations today--has a cell phone.
At the WinHEC 2007 conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft managers Glenn Ward and Jim Barber show off features in the Vista operating system that use Windows Rally technology, designed to simplify the setup of network-connected devices such as digital cameras and wireless routers.
During WinHEC keynote, Microsoft chairman also announces several new partners for its Windows Home Server product, including Gateway and Medion.