Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that it will launch Windows XP in New York City on October 25, with the software giant choosing a venue in the heart of Times Square. XP will be launched with Microsoft executives, industry partners, and customers at the Marriott Marquis Theatre. Microsoft had previously begun promoting a series of local launch events, which will be held in various cities around the US and the world on the same day.

"Microsoft's launch of Windows XP in our City is an affirmation of the business community's continuing commitment to New York City remaining the Business Capital of the World," said New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani. "We welcome Microsoft to our city. It is another example of the fact that New York City is open for business."

"Mayor Giuliani has said that he wants New York open for business, and we're responding to that call," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft. "There is simply no place like New York, and there are no people like New Yorkers. We are extremely excited about moving forward with our plans to launch Windows XP in New York on October 25. While the city is forever changed, we want this event to help remind the world that New York still represents strength and determination."

Windows XP began shipping on new PCs Monday, and it will become widely available in retail locations October 25.