Software exhibition introduces digitized society

The China Post Staff

The 2002 International Software show began yesterday at the Taipei World Trade Center. In its 13th year, this event introduces new software for business development, government and society, as well as gaming software. This year’s event, hosted by the Information Service Industry Association of ROC (CISA), includes 140 exhibitors, and will be based of the theme digitizing Taiwan with developments in e-Government, e-Industry and e-Society. Visitors will clearly see software developments in these three aspects.

The first day of the show brought an adequate amount of visitors, though not nearly the same amount as COMPUTEX or the Taipei Computer Applications show. “We expect many more visitors tomorrow and Sunday, because students will be out of school and will be able to attend the show,” said Marilyn Hsieh, senior specialist of the Information Service Industry Association of ROC. “The gaming section of our show attracts the most visitors,” Hsieh added. Exhibitors at the gaming section included Sony’s Playstation 2, So-Net of Japan, Soft-World International Corp. of Taiwan and various software companies from South Korea. Most exhibitors in the gaming section set up areas for visitors to play their games. Some of the games included Grand Tourismo 3 for Sony Playstation, Mu Online, a online multiplayer game similar Diablo 2, and Dream. Software developments in the business section included a DIY stock market software that allows users to analyze Taiwan stocks and also gives real-time information on stock quotes. However, the software does not permit online transactions. Another software in the business section was the Power Process software, which provides Internet and Intranet support to ease the workflow for companies. Other software for general computer users included Panda Antivirus, a virus protector software for computers, and OTXP (One Touch for Windows XP), a software that allows the simplification of the Windows XP operating system so users can operate different functions by pressing a single key.

The 2002 International Software show is another step towards the government’s goal of digitizing Taiwan, to make it the most digitized country in Asia by 2008. The show is open until Sept. 3, and is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is free, and children under the age of 12 are permitted to attend.