Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2001 is the tenth year that Microsoft gathers the hardware world around it, and sets the agenda for developments in hardware and drivers. It's mostly a to and fro between Microsoft and vendors like Intel, or an OEM like Compaq. Sometimes Microsoft is pushing for something that the hardware guys don't want to do because, they can't see anyone using it, and sometimes it's the hardware guys pushing Microsoft to give them way of getting their nifty little designs supported by Windows. Everything from a new bus to quadratic texture mapping on a graphics chip. It all has to be blessed by Microsoft, otherwise it ain't easy to get a product working for all the PC OEMs, and get the customers behind it.The report continues here.