Microsoft Notebook: Gates preps to pitch 'XP Reloaded' "Nearly three years have passed since Microsoft Corp. released the last full version of Windows, the Redmond company's most important and profitable product. But when Bill Gates takes the stage tomorrow morning at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, he won't be launching a new generation of the flagship operating system.
He'll be looking to stir up some new interest in the existing one.
Microsoft is expected to use the event to unveil a series of new and overhauled digital media products, including a revamped version of its specialized software for watching and recording television and other digital media on a computer.
The company's success or failure in persuading people to upgrade is no small matter when it comes to Microsoft's financial performance. Versions of Windows for personal computers were responsible for $11.5 billion, or more than 31 percent, of the company's fiscal 2004 revenue."