Windows Hardware Engineering Conference

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Logo for the 2005 WinHEC

The Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) was an annual software and hardware developer-oriented trade show and business conference, held from 1992 to 2008, where Microsoft elaborated on its hardware plans for Microsoft Windows-compatible PCs. It commonly featured speeches from people such as Bill Gates, and generally had several sponsors including Intel, AMD, ATI and others.[1]

After 2008, WinHEC was replaced in Microsoft's schedule by the Professional Developers Conference, later merged into the Build conference.

On September 26, 2014, Microsoft announced that WinHEC will be returning in 2015 in the form of multiple conferences held through out the year.[2] The first conference is going to be held in Shenzhen, China on March 18 to 19. The WinHEC acronym has changed its meaning to the Windows Hardware Engineering Community.


According to Microsoft, the WinHEC conference was aimed at:[3]



  1. ^ "WinHEC 2006 Sponsors". Retrieved 2006-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Announcing the return of WinHEC". Windows Blog. Microsoft. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "WinHEC 2006: Windows Hardware Engineering Conference". Retrieved 2006-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Bill Gates Announces the Availability of Microsoft Windows XP Beta 2". PressPass. Microsoft. 26 March 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  5. ^ Richard Fisco (7 May 2003). "WinHEC 2003 Keynotes". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  6. ^ "WinHec 2003". John Peddie Research. May 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-11. [dead link]
  7. ^ Thurrott, Paul (7 May 2004). "WinHEC 2004 Show Report and Photo Gallery". SuperSite for Windows. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Trusted Computing group past events". Retrieved 2006-09-02. 
  9. ^ Bruce Byfield (May 23, 2006). "FSF launches anti-DRM campaign outside WinHEC 2006". NewsForge. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  10. ^ "WinHEC 2008: Windows Hardware Engineering Conference". Retrieved 2008-09-06. 

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