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What Can XP Do For Struggling Industry?

Boot Camp feature for Friday, October 26, 2001

What can Windows XP do for a struggling industry? Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. The biggest cheerleader for Windows XP, as one would expect, is Microsoft chairman Bill Gates...

"Well I think it's innovations like Windows XP that really drove the economy to do so well. And so product releases like this are going to re-energize the economy."

But not everyone shares that kind of optimism. Gateway computer head Ted Waitt tells us the new operating system is impressive... but...

"It's not going to change the situation with the economy. It's not going to change the situation with world events out there, but it does present a lot of compelling reasons for people to buy a PC."

At the launch event inside a Gateway store in Manhattan... Intel CEO Craig Barrett was also hoping XP would jumpstart sales...

"It's a matter of whether the excitement that it creates overcomes the pessimism in the current economy and the lack of consumer confidence in the face of terrorist attacks and economic recession."

Can that happen? At CompUSA, president Larry Mondry says...

"Well I don't know that you overcome it. I mean if we're very honest about it clearly the mindset and the attitude of the country and the economy itself is not the same as it was sixty days ago. Having said that I think the right thing for us to do is to go back and do the business that we're all doing every day."

On the optimistic side... .CompUSA reports that pre-orders for XP were three times higher than they were for Windows 98. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.