October 25, 2001, may be another historic day in this quarter of historic events: Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of Windows XP. In New York City, Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, presented the keynote address at the most important product launch in Microsofts history, accompanied by leaders in the PC industry and more than 50 Microsoft partners. Other dignitaries included Mayor Rudy Guiliani and televisions Regis Philbin.
The event was held at Times Squares Marriott Marquis Theater where Gates announced exuberantly, "Today is a great day for PC users and a great day for the PC industry. With this launch of Windows XP, we are entering a new era of personal computing. This powerful new version unlocks the power of the PC and enables users to enjoy the best of what the digital world has to offer."
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