The Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) is the annual software developer-oriented trade show and business conference where Microsoft elaborates on its hardware plans for Microsoft Windows-compatible PCs.
According to Microsoft, the WinHEC conference is aimed at:
- Hardware engineers and hardware designers interested in hardware or Windows architecture.
- Driver developers and testers interested in the Windows Driver Foundation and other driver architecture and tools.
- Higher-ups including managers who want to know more about advances in technology and business strategies.
- 2005 – Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, Washington. April 25-27, 2005.
- Bill Gates gave a keynote speech on various topics including Windows "Longhorn" (known later as Windows Vista) and 64-bit computing.
- 2006 – Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, Washington. May 23-25, 2006. Attendance of more than 3,700.
- Microsoft announced the release of beta 2 of Windows Vista, Windows Server "Longhorn" and Microsoft Office 2007.
- The Free Software Foundation staged a protest outside the venue, wearing yellow hazmat suits and handing out pamphlets claiming that Microsoft products are "defective by design" because of the Digital Rights Management technologies included in them.
- 2007 – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California. May 15-17, 2007.