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Microsoft yesterday slammed its own networking and hardware support in Windows XP, only to see a keyboard fail using a beta version of Longhorn.

The company is trying to sell hardware makers on new technologies it has planned for Longhorn, the next version of Windows due late next year.

Microsoft is preparing a host of technologies for Longhorn that it says will make it easier for users to set up wireless networks, connect networked devices and improve the user experience by watching available bandwidth and making it easier to troubleshoot, the software maker said.

But Microsoft needs to convince hardware makers to support the new specifications in their products. In an attempt to do this, Microsoft pointed to its own failures.

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