It looks as though Kodak have made it up with Microsoft after their problems earlier this month. They were involved in today's Windows XP event in which more than 20 key industry leaders showcased their hardware and software solutions for digital photography on the Microsoft Windows XP platform. These companies demonstrated everything from digital cameras to photo-processing services, all designed to provide consumers with the ability to easily manage their digital photography using Windows XP.

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"This is a great opportunity for Microsoft and leading companies in the industry to work together to deliver end-to-end digital photography experiences for consumers,'' said Chris Jones, vice president of the Windows Division at Microsoft. "By linking the power of the PC with the best solutions in the digital photo arena, Windows XP lets consumers share their pictures with friends and family as easily as they can take them.''

Industry leaders participating today in the showcase of digital photography solutions around Windows XP included ArcSoft Inc., Canon USA Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Corel Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Eastman Kodak Co., Epson America Inc., Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., Lexmark International Inc., NEC-Mitsubishi Electric Visual Systems, Olympus America Inc., Picture It!® on MSN® Photo, SanDisk Corp., Sony, Shutterfly, The Learning Company, Ulead Systems Inc. and Umax Technologies Inc.

"Whether it's shooting pictures, saving them for future walks down memory lane, having prints to hold or sharing photos with special friends via the Internet, Fujifilm digital imaging offers picture takers a host of enjoyable shoot, store, print and share options,'' said Stanley E. Freimuth, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. "By supporting the Windows XP operating system with both our high-quality line of FinePix digital cameras and through fulfillment of Windows XP online printing service orders, we will continue to make digital imaging fun and easy for both the novice and experienced digital photographer.''

A revolutionary operating system, Windows XP provides the platform for third parties to deliver innovative solutions in a variety of key experiences. The Windows XP release, with a new level of simplicity and reliability, combined with the great offerings in hardware and software, will enable customers to discover a whole new way of computing.

"HP's digital-imaging solutions are designed to make it easy for people to capture, share and preserve their memories, while offering the latest technological advances,'' said Andy Tallian, vice president of marketing for the Consumer Business Organization at HP. "With its new digital-imaging capabilities, Windows XP offers an easier way for customers to enjoy their photos.''

"With an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-based PC with Windows XP and an Intel Pro PC Camera, consumers get a great digital photography experience,'' said Ann Lewnes, vice president of Consumer Marketing at Intel. "It's a winning combination for creating, editing, organizing and sharing photos with family and friends.''

The powerful yet simple tools in Windows XP make it the most practical and reliable operating system for entertainment. Windows XP extends the role of the PC by acting as the integration point of the Web, and so provides an intuitive end-to-end photo experience for consumers. The easy-to-use tools in Windows XP allow users to retrieve pictures from digital cameras, scan images into their computers, view and organize their pictures, and share those files with friends and family via e-mail or the Web. Windows XP supports picture transfer protocol (PTP), an industry standard that enables digital cameras to talk to computers, printers and other devices using a common language.

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