Wonderware supports Microsoft Windows XP

Irvine, Calif. - Wonderware, a unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) group of Invensys plc, announced January 25 that the company's flagship product, InTouch, now fully supports the Professional version of Microsoft's new Windows XP desktop operating system.


Irvine, Calif. - Wonderware , a unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) group of Invensys plc, announced January 25 that the company's flagship product, InTouch, now fully supports the Professional version of Microsoft's new Windows XP desktop operating system.

InTouch version 7.11 patch 01was released in December 2001 and allows the user to take advantage of the advanced features in Windows XP Professional. According to the company, Wonderware is the first HMI software company in the industrial automation market to do so.

'In keeping with Wonderware's legacy of offering leading edge technology to our customers, we have shifted our clients to the latest Microsoft operating system as quickly as possible,' said Tim Sowell, vice president of product marketing for Wonderware. 'Wonderware pioneered the use of Windows in industrial automation in 1989 and the company's strategy has always been to keep pace with Microsoft technology. Within 50 days of Windows XP's release, Wonderware's InTouch and ActiveFactory products were enabled to support the new operating system.'

InTouch provides the visualization for a plant-centric, operator-centric manufacturing information system, where information is shared within and between plants. InTouch is in use in more than 180,000 installations around the world in a multitude of vertical markets including food processing, oil and gas, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, transportation, and utilities.

Released on Oct. 25, 2001, Windows XP Professional is the fastest Windows operating system to date. It features distributed computing, standards-based security, manageability, and reliability. Built on the code base of Windows NT and Windows 2000, the new desktop operating system also has a simplified user interface and innovative support services.

'Support for the new Windows XP operating system allows Wonderware customers to take advantage of the latest capabilities provided by Microsoft on the most stable and best performing Windows operating system,' said Steve Lewarne, director of product marketing for Wonderware. 'In addition to the current support for Windows XP, Wonderware's continuing commitment will be demonstrated through the support of the new operating system on future releases of Wonderware products.

'Additionally, Wonderware's support for Windows XP will help speed the acceptance of the new operating system in the industrial automation market, in turn encouraging others to add support for the operating system to their products. This ultimately gives customers improved options, both in terms of quantity and quality,' he said.

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