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Microsoft takes top COMDEX honours

Predictably, after all the noise surrounding Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC, it took the best of show award at COMDEX Fall.

Microsoft takes top COMDEX honours

Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition won overall best of show at the 2002 Best of COMDEX awards ceremony on Wednesday.

“It’s really been interesting to see the diversity of products on the show floor – particularly in tablet PCs,”” said Michael J. Miller, editor-in-chief of event sponsor PC Magazine, which judged the categories and presented the awards.

Editors spent the first days of COMDEX combing the show floor and viewing hundreds of items in 10 categories, including components, development, digital imaging, enterprise hardware, enterprise software, information security, mobile devices, PCs, personal hardware and personal software before arriving at their best-of-show decision.

“”Awards such as this are integral to the fabric of our event,”” stated Mike Millikin, senior vice president of COMDEX Worldwide, as he kicked off the awards ceremony. Representatives from companies whose products made the finalists list jammed the awards area, along with curious attendees and exhibitors.

Here are the Best of COMDEX award winners and finalists:

Personal Hardware Winner: Viewsonic airpanel V150 Smart Display

Finalists: ATI All-in-Wonder 9700 PRO graphics card BenQ FP591 LCD monitor

Personal Software Winner: Corel Grafigo Tablet PC collaboration utility

Finalists: Franklin Covey TabletPlanner for Tablet PC organizer software Interactive Networks Instan-t Freeware instant messaging solution Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system

PCs Winner: Toshiba Portégé 3500 Tablet PC

Finalists: Dell OptiPlex SX260 ultra small desktop HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1000 Personal Computing Environment (PCE) Computer next-generation personal computing environment

Digital Imaging Winner: HP ScanJet 5500c photo scanner with automatic feeder

Finalists: HP Photosmart 230 portable photo printer Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom digital camera Visioneer Strobe XP 100 portable scanner

Mobile Devices Winner: Fossil Wrist PDA

Finalists: HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Nokia 3650 phone with built-in camera

Information Security Winner: Zone Labs Integrity 2.0 security architecture

Finalists: Airzip Corp. Airzip Document Secure e-mail security software Security Software Systems Policy Central personnel management solution

Enterprise Hardware Winner: Proxim ORiNOCO AP-2500 wireless LAN access point and gateway

Finalists: Inside Out Networks AnywhereUSB plus Watchport Series environmental monitoring solution Promise Technology UltraTrack RM4000 direct attached storage unit Xerox Phaser 7300 color network laser printer

Enterprise Software Winner: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system

Finalists: Cloudmark SpamNet peer-to-peer spam filter Computer Associates BrightStor storage management portal Exact Software e-Synergy enterprise relationship management solution Sprint Universal Application Messaging communications platform

Development Winner: Nobilis Software Nobilis Ci visual development environment

Finalist: New Next Net Technology COBALT component-based application development tool

Components Winner: Intel Pentium 4 processors with Hyper-Threading technology

Finalists: Mobilian TrueRadio system combination WiFi/Bluetooth chipset Zalman CNPS7000-Cu CPU Cooler noiseless heatsink

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