Wakefield 2001: drobe.co.uk talks to sponsor R-Comp InteractiveBy Chris Williams. Published: 4th Apr 23:57:31 | Permalink | Printable
In the build up to the Wakefield 2001 RISC OS show -which going by all accounts could be the most eye-opening show of the year- drobe.co.uk will be publishing articles on the show, its sponsors and its exhibitors. In the first of these articles, we turned to one of the show sponsors, RComp Interactive and asked them what they hope to expect from the show as Andrew Rawnsley of RComp writes...
"We regard Wakefield as one of the two key events of the RISC OS calendar (the October/November London-area show [epsom for the last two years] being the other). That's not to take anything away from other important shows such as John Stoniers SE and SW exhibitions, and the wonderful work done by the likes of the Big Ben Club in Holland (and many others), but these two shows attract the largest audience, and the most attention.
It is a commonly known fact that most companies gear software launches around exhibitions, and I'm sure Wakefield will be no exception. We have a number of new releases planned for around that time, and show visitors will be able to ask about, try and purchase new and improved products.
RCI is sponsoring the games arcade, which helps WAUG to fund the show. Each year it gets harder to justify running exhibitions, so we were pleased to be able to help ensure that it happens with the usual panache. People often forget all the costs that the organisers endure to put on one of these shows, and most RISC OS events barely cover their costs. Although companies sometimes complain about the costs of exhibiting, if you compare RISC OS show costs to those of other exhibitions like BETT, it puts things into perspective.
Product-wise, I'm sure most people are aware that we will have Messenger Pro 2 available. We are expecting enhanced versions of WebsterXL and our other Internet products, too, including a brand new site uploading tool as part of SiteMaster 2+. On the RCI front, we hope to have a couple of new games releases, as well as new print server boxes for networking printers, and an several exciting new networking-related solutions. With most new machines coming with network capability, and more and more users owning more than one RISC OS (or Windows) machine, then this an an important area.
We're investing quite heavily in new products at the moment, and whilst some won't reach fruition until later in the year, there will certainly be a lot to look out for on the R-Comp/RCI stands this time!"
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