Microsoft used Fall Comdex to announced the release of the beta version of Visual Studio.net, the programming environment for the .net architecture.
This brings together XML implementation alongside Microsoft's new C# programming environment, plus migration tools for Visual Basic programs.
Other innovations unveiled at the show came from Tpresence, SecuGen and Conversa.
The Distributed Web Engine from Tpresence enables peer-to-peer and peer-to-many resource sharing features to be spread across the Internet. Using the software, customer and salesperson can communicate through on-screen avatars (on-screen images representing both parties) to view and discuss new product features through an e-business Web site.
Secugen's EyeD Optimouse combines biometric fingerprint recognition in a standard pointing device so that the mouse can double as an access control system.
Conversa launched its Cassi speech recognition software designed for the Web and m-commerce applications. In a similar vein, Samsung demonstrated a phone built into a watch, using voice commands to dial numbers and operate other features of the Watch Phone.