WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) is an API developed by Microsoft and first implemented in Windows Me. It allows seemless communication between image acquisition applications and digital imaging devices (such as digital still cameras, scanners and DV camcorders). Similar to TWAIN but without the hassle of particular drivers, best of all there's a TWAIN DSM which enables any WIA device to appear as a TWAIN device to TWAIN compatible software. WIA as it will ship in Windows ME already supports over 100 devices.

Microsoft Announces Over 100 WIA-Compliant Scanners, Digital Cameras Are Ready For Windows Millennium Edition

Seamless Interoperability Between Peripherals and Windows Me Enables Easier Digital-Imaging Experience

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) today announced that more than 100 Windows® Image Acquisition (WIA)-compliant devices are ready for Microsoft® Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), the next version of the consumer Windows operating system, which is scheduled to be released Sept. 14. Leading manufacturers such as EPSON America Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Canon USA Inc., Eastman-Kodak Co., Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Olympus America Inc., Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., Sony Electronics Inc., Intel Corp. and Philips Consumer Electronics Co. are delivering devices supporting Microsoft's WIA architecture to provide users of Windows Me-based PCs with an easy, automatic way to capture, create, store and publish digital still images.

WIA, which will also be supported in future versions of Windows, provides the Windows platform with a robust and extensive imaging infrastructure. It simplifies the use of today's imaging devices, including digital cameras and scanners.

"Microsoft is thrilled to team with leading manufacturers in the imaging industry to deliver the cool benefits of digital media to users of Windows-based PCs in the home,'' said John Frederiksen, general manager of the PC Experience Group at Microsoft. "As a result of the technology and this collaborative industry effort, users don't have to be experts in digital media to create and share high-quality images on their Windows Me-based PC.''

WIA, introduced at WinHEC 99, offers several specific benefits to Windows Me users:

  • Plug and Play capability. When WIA-compliant devices are plugged in, they are automatically recognized.
    Organization. Images are automatically stored in one easy-to-remember folder called My Pictures.
    Space-saving capability. With thumbnail preview, users don't have to download an entire batch of photos, but can pick and choose which ones to save on their hard drive.

Microsoft worked with leading hardware-imaging manufacturers to develop the WIA architecture and implement the technology into hardware and software products that seamlessly integrate with Windows Me.

"Customers are asking for an easier way to capture, create and store digital images,'' said Sam Szteinbaum, business manager for Hewlett Packard's North American Consumer Computing Organization. "Hewlett Packard is pleased to offer a range of products that will benefit from the WIA architecture, allowing Windows Me customers to more easily create and share their digital pictures.''

"WIA is a fantastic technology that enables the automatic recognition of scanners and digital cameras to help consumers use their new products right away,'' said Tenny Sin, executive vice president of UMAX Technologies Inc. "UMAX will offer WIA-compliant devices that take full advantage of this technology to help consumers get the most enjoyable digital media experience from Windows Me.''

More information on WIA is available at:

A complete list of WIA-compliant peripherals can be found at:

Windows Me is scheduled to be available in retail channels on Sept. 14. In addition, Windows Me will be available preinstalled on new PCs. More information about Windows Me is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/newsroom/winme/

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Here's the current list of supported WIA digital still cameras:

  • Agfa ePhoto 307
  • Agfa ePhoto 780
  • Agfa ePhoto 1280
  • Agfa ePhoto 1680
  • Canon PowerShot A5
  • Canon PowerShot A5 Zoom
  • Canon PowerShot Pro70
  • Casio QV 10
  • Casio QV 10A
  • Casio QV 11
  • Casio QV 30
  • Casio QV 70
  • Casio QV 100
  • Casio QV 120
  • Casio QV 200
  • Casio QV 300
  • Casio QV 700
  • Casio QV 770
  • Casio QV 5000SX
  • Casio QV-770 (IrTran-P)
  • Casio QV-5000SX (IrTran-P)
  • Casio QV-7000SX (IrTran-P)
  • Epson PhotoPC / CP-100
  • Epson PhotoPC 500 / CP-200
  • Epson PhotoPC 600 / CP-500
  • Epson PhotoPC 700 / CP-600
  • Epson PhotoPC 750Z / CP-700Z
  • FujiFilm DX-5/DS-10
  • FujiFilm DX-7/DS-20
  • FujiFilm DX-9/DS-30
  • FujiFilm MX-700
  • FujiFilm DS-300
  • HP PhotoSmart C20
  • HP PhotoSmart C30
  • HP PhotoSmart C200
  • JVC GCS1 (IrTran-P)
  • Kodak DC200
  • Kodak DC210
  • Kodak DC215
  • Kodak DC220 (USB only)
  • Kodak DC260 (USB only)
  • Kodak DC265 (USB only)
  • Kodak DC290 (USB only)
  • Kodak DC240 (USB only)
  • Kodak DC280 (USB only)
  • Konica Q-M100
  • Konica Q-M100V
  • Minolta Dimage V
  • Nikon CoolPix 900
  • Nikon CoolPix 950
  • Nikon CoolPix 700
  • Olympus D-200L
  • Olympus D-220L
  • Olympus D-300L
  • Olympus D-320L
  • Olympus D-340L
  • Olympus D-340R
  • Olympus D-500L
  • Olympus D-600L
  • Olympus D-400Z
  • Sanyo DSC-V1/VPC-G200
  • Sanyo DSC-X1/VPC-X300
  • Sharp VE-LC2 (IrTran-P)
  • Sony DSC-F3 (IrTran-P)
  • UMAX AstraCam (USB)
  • UMAX AstraCam 1000 (USB)