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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY JULY 20, 2000

 

MSN Messenger 3 Released - IntelliPoint 3.2 Released

 
  • IomegaWare 2.5 is available for download
    Time: 17:18 EST/22:18 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    The newest version of IomegaWare provides integrated features that will help you find, format, protect, manage and change settings on your Iomega drives. This version includes drivers that are needed for functionality. You decide other applications you want to download and install. You can download it by clicking here. Please note that localized versions (french, etc.) are already available on localized Iomega FTPs). Here are the top new features:

    • These drivers make the drive visible within your operating system. With one copy of IomegaWare installed, your Iomega drives are accessible.
    • Integration Into The Operating System. Unique and easily identifiable icons are visible within your desktop.
    • Streamlined Install and Smaller Footprint. The IomegaWare installer has been re-designed to be smaller and take up less space on your hard drive.
    • CopyDisk. Iomega CopyDisk replaces the default CopyDisk utility found in Windows and adds support for Iomega drives.
    • Protect. IomegaWare allows you to set different levels of security protection for your Iomega disks.

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  • Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo in Close Race Abroad-Report
    Time: 15:52 EST/20:52 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Rivals Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news), America Online Inc. (NYSE:AOL - news) and Yahoo Inc. (NasdaqNM:YHOO - news) have extended their battle for dominance of the digital media world abroad and are in a close race for leadership, according to a Media Metrix report measuring Internet audiences in May.

    The international frontier has become the new battleground for the leading Internet services and media players as they also compete with local providers.

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  • New Microsoft Windows Vulnerability Puts Millions of Users At Risk
    Time: 15:52 EST/20:52 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    This week, the SANS Institute, a leading security think tank, identified what it called ``probably the most dangerous programming error'' in the Microsoft® Windows operating systems. This vulnerability affects users of Windows® 95, 98, 2000, and Windows NT® 4.0 with Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer who use HTML-enabled email software.

    Unlike vulnerabilities exploited by past email attacks, this vulnerability does not require email attachments. HTML-formatted email can contain embedded instructions that will compromise the recipient's system as soon as the email is opened or previewed.

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  • Whistler Preview - Review @ Wininfo
    Time: 15:50 EST/20:50 GMT | News Source: Wininfo | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Paul has posted up a review of the recently released Whistler Preview (Windows.NET) here is a snippet:

    Like Windows 3.1, Whistler is a point release upgrade to a major operating system release that's going to change everything. We could debate Microsoft's version numbering scheme for eternity, but the simple truth of the matter is that Whistler--Windows version 5.1, likely to be named Windows.NET ("Windows Dot Net") 1.0 when it's released in late 2001--is going to be a must-have upgrade for all Windows users. Note that I didn't qualify that in any way: If you use Windows--Windows 95, 98, NT 4, 2000, whatever--you will want to upgrade to Whistler.

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  • IntelliPoint 3.2 Retail Download for the Personal Computer
    Time: 11:10 EST/16:10 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Installing Microsoft® IntelliPoint software provides your Microsoft mouse with full functionality and gives you with the power to customize your mouse settings and work more efficiently. The IntelliPoint 3.2 software update includes Microsoft Windows® 2000 and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME) support. You can download it here:

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  • New Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition Tips posted
    Time: 11:00 EST/16:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    We have just updated our Windows Millennium area with brand new tips that will hopefully help users to get the best out of the brand new Windows Me consumer OS from Microsoft. 

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  • Microsoft Announces New Cookie Management Features For Internet Explorer 5.5
    Time: 10:02 EST/15:02 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As part of its ongoing commitment to enable consumers to control their personal information on the Internet, Microsoft Corp. today released a test beta of several privacy-enhancing cookie management features for the Internet Explorer technologies in the Microsoft® Windows® operating system. The new features will provide consumers with a clearer understanding of the different types of cookies used and where they originate. The features will also provide more selective prompts, or alerts, when cookies arrive, as well as an easier way to manage and delete cookies. The new update is being released to more than 2000 Windows beta testers in the form of a technical beta for Internet Explorer version 5.5 technologies. The beta testers for this release include consumers and corporate users as well as industry partners. Following feedback from these testers, Microsoft plans to release a public beta within four weeks.

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  • Whistler to replace Start menu with 'Start Panel' and 'Start Page'
    Time: 10:01 EST/15:01 GMT | News Source: Wininfo | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Wininfo has learned that Microsoft will replace the Start menu in Whistler, the follow-up to Windows 2000, with options called the "Start Panel" and "Start Page." Each is designed to provide a friendlier front-end to the programs and services on your system. The Start Panel, which will be configurable from the Start and Taskbar Properties dialog in Whistler, is hidden in the Whistler Preview that was given to testers last week, but it can be easily enabled and used in place of the standard Start menu if desired. Here's a screenshot of this new feature:

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  • New 5.3 Drivers for Logitech QuickCam devices
    Time: 09:57 EST/14:57 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Logitech has just released for their range of webcams (QuickCam Pro, QuickCam Web, QuickCam Express, QuickCam Home) a new set of drivers that carries the version 5.3. This new version adds a better Windows 2000 support as well as a new revamped beautiful interface along with a new 'Create Animation Activity' that allows QuickCam Pro users to create two types of time-dependent videos: time-lapse and stop-motion animation. The library has also been enhanced and the setup is now built around the 'Windows Installer' technology. Quickcam users go ahead and download QuickCam 5.3 for free now by clicking here (already available in various languages)!

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  • New MSN Messenger 3.0 Is the Only IM Service to Offer Free Long Distance to the United States and Canada
    Time: 06:30 EST/11:30 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The MSN® network of Internet services, the No. 1 destination on the Internet, with 201 million unique users, marked the one-year anniversary of the MSN Messenger Service today by announcing the availability of MSN Messenger Service 3.0, the only free* Internet instant messaging (IM) service with simple one-click free** long-distance phone service to the United States and Canada from almost anywhere in the world. It also offers consumers seven easy and integrated ways to communicate the way they want with the people they care about using new phone calling, voice chatting and paging capabilities and colorful icons, like smiley faces and flowers, that let them express their emotions in IM conversations, all from the MSN Messenger user interface.

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  • Microsoft and Unigraphics Solutions Introduce DesignKNet: A Design Collaboration Tool Suite
    Time: 06:30 EST/11:30 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MSFT") and Unigraphics Solutions Inc. (NYSE "UGS"), a leading provider of product life-cycle solutions for design and manufacturing companies, today announced a joint effort to deliver DesignKNet (Design Knowledge Network), a tool suite intended to help enterprise-class manufacturers and ASPs develop design collaboration portals.

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  • Microsoft to Form an Alliance With New Company To Bring Key Microsoft Games to the Macintosh
    Time: 06:30 EST/11:30 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced its intent to form a games publishing alliance with a new startup company headed by Peter Tamte, who was the founder of MacSoft, former senior director of worldwide consumer marketing for Apple Computer Inc. and former executive vice president of Bungie Software Products Corp.

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  • MSN Messenger 3 Released
    Time: 02:30 EST/07:30 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As exclusively mentioned on the site last week. Microsoft has today released MSN Messenger 3 for public download. Here's what's new:

    New features available in version 3.0 include:

    • Voice conversations: Are your fingers all worn out from typing? Use the MSN® Messenger Service to set up a voice conversation. Call PC to PC, or PC to phone, and take advantage of free long-distance in the U.S. and Canada!

    • Share your files: You don't have to attach files to e-mail messages anymore. Trade pictures, music, documents, and more instantly using MSN Messenger Service.

    • Emoticons: Express yourself with pictures like , , and .

    • Public Profiles: Let the world know who you are! Set up a Passport Public Profile so your friends can see what you are up to. You can even include a picture!

    • Connect to the real world: Just because your friends aren't at their computers doesn't mean you can't reach them. Now you can send messages to their cell phones and pagers.

    • And more...

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY JULY 19, 2000

 

WMP 7 Problems

 
  • New Creative GeForce 2 GTS drivers
    Time: 10:05 EST/15:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Creative corp has just released new updated drivers for their 3d blaster range of boards including the latest GeForce 2 GTS card. This new driver release provides better support for multiple monitors under Windows 98 and improves CRT Monitor Detection. Creative has also posted a new release 4.03 of their Blaster Control software intended to manage 3d blaster boards that fixes some minor bugs. You can download the new drivers and the BlasterControl 4.03 software here.

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  • Logitech to release new cordless optical TrackBall
    Time: 10:00 EST/15:00 GMT | News Source: Logitech Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGIY; Switzerland:LOGN, LOGZ), international market leader in human interface devices that define the way people link to information in business, at home and online, is introducing the first cordless optical trackball – Cordless TrackMan® Wheel. The product was designed to combine the precision that customers have come to expect from Logitech’s optical technology while eliminating desktop cord clutter and providing trackball users with the flexibility to arrange their workspace to suit their individual preferences. Based on Logitech’s patented Marble® optical sensing and award-winning digital radio technology, the new trackball was previewed in February at the CeBIT 2000 Trade Fair in Hannover, Germany. Cordless TrackMan Wheel joins Logitech’s popular family of optical trackballs, which includes the thumb-operated TrackMan® Marble® Wheel, finger-operated TrackMan® Marble® FX, and best-selling Marble® Mouse, a device that "feels like a mouse, works like a trackball." The product is available on retail shelves and at www.logitech.com at a suggested retail price of $79.95.

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  • Macromedia DreamWeaver 3.01 & FireWorks 3.0 Studio - Review
    Time: 09:55 EST/14:55 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my DreamWeaver 3.01 & FireWorks 3 review. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Macromedia, the worldwide multimedia software focused editor known for its amazing Director software that is used by a lot of software publishers to create multimedia and interactive software, has released a brand new version of its award-winning web editor software formerly named DreamWeaver 3.0. This new release come exactly three years after the initial release of DreamWeaver 1 in 1997. In our Internet connected world designing good looking and professional websites is important, and DreamWeaver 3 is the Macromedia's answer to this need. This new software presented by Macromedia as the Adobe GoLive killer, is web-site building software that'll allow you to create, design, update, manage web pages and websites. It's a professional product intended to be used by professional users even if it's easy enough for home users. One thing is clear with this product: you'll forget all your previous HTML software creator and only use Dreamweaver as it's probably the most powerful editor we've seen yet. The pack we'll review is the Macromedia Studio pack that comes also with FireWorks 3, the Macromedia selection to design high impact graphics to be published on web sites in order to make them more 'stylish'.

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  • Microsoft Announces Record Fiscal Year Revenue and Income
    Time: 08:42 EST/13:42 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $22.96 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2000, a 16 percent increase over the $19.75 billion reported last year. Net income totaled $9.42 billion. Diluted earnings per share were $1.70, a 20 percent increase compared to $1.42 in fiscal 1999.

    For the quarter ended June 30, 2000, diluted earnings per share were $0.44, a 10 percent increase over the $0.40 for the corresponding quarter last year. Revenue and net income were $5.80 billion and $2.41 billion compared to $5.76 billion and $2.20 billion, respectively, for the same quarter last year.

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  • Windows Media Player 7 Causing Problems Already
    Time: 06:00 EST/11:00 GMT | News Source: E-Mail/Newsgroups | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft's Windows Media Player 7 has only been out 24 hours and already we have been inundated with reports of problems after installation. These include Windows 2000 no longer loading to CD Burner programs becoming broken afterwards. The worst one currently goes as follows:

    Installing Windows Media Player 7 and Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4.02c and DirectCD 3.01c on Windows 2000. After installing the WMP7 final and restarting your PC, the DirectCD icon on the taskbar will change and when you put your mouse cursor over the icon, you can get the following message "Adaptec DirectCD Wizard, No supported CD-R/CD-RW drive!". It seems to be there is a conflict between the WMP7 CD-burning plugin and DirectCD 3.01c/Easy CD Creator 4.02c. Uninstalling the WMP7 reinstalling it without the CD burning plugin solves the problem. The real funny part is that Adaptec has a press release on their site plugging how good it works with Windows Media Player 7.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY JULY 18, 2000

 

WMP 7 Released - Baseball 2001 Interview - Critical Updates

 
  • Will Windows Media eclipse MP3?
    Time: 14:52 EST/19:52 GMT | News Source: CNN | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft's audio format Windows Media Audio gets a double boost this week with the release of Windows Media Player 7 and the availability of tunes from EMI Music in the Windows Media format.

    On Monday, EMI begins supporting on its online retail channel more than 96 albums and countless singles in the Windows Media Audio format. Also, DiscoverMusic.com, a provider of song samples for Internet music retailers, will release its 2.5 million song previews in the WMA format.

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  • SOHOs Beware: Microsoft Isn't the Only One Dealing With 'Dumpster Divers'
    Time: 09:16 EST/14:16 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Oracle's admission to hiring a private investigating firm to spy on Microsoft brings the reality of business identity theft to the forefront. For identity thieves and ``dumpster divers'' across the country the pickings have never been better. Throughout downtown business centers, office parks and neighborhoods, trash bins are full of documents and papers that have not been properly destroyed.

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  • Microsoft, Telefonica Sign Joint Services Pact
    Time: 09:16 EST/14:16 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) and Spain's Telefonica (TEF.MC) on Tuesday announced a joint services deal in which the two giants will use each other's main products -- software and telecommunications. No financial figure was attached to the deal in which Telefonica will employ software developed by Microsoft with special emphasis on call centers, the Internet, mobile telephony and other services.

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  • According to Interbrand, Why Did the Value of Microsoft's Brand Go Up After the Judge Said `Break Up?'
    Time: 09:16 EST/14:16 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Despite the ongoing attempt by the Justice Department to split up the company and the often negative media attention on its chairman, Bill Gates, Microsoft increased its brand value by nearly 24% over the past 12 months through June 1, according to the World's Most Valuable Brands Survey, an annual study conducted by Interbrand, the world's leading brand consultancy.

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  • Microsoft set to replace Coke as top brand-study
    Time: 05:44 EST/10:44 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. MSFT has almost muscled out Coca Cola KO as the world's most valuable brand, according to a survey published on Monday. Despite its troubles with the U.S. Justice Department, Microsoft came in as a close second with its brand valued at $70.2 billion, behind Coca Cola's $72.5 billion value, which was down 13 percent from last year.

    The survey, conducted by Interbrand, a New York-based consulting firm, showed technology names like Microsoft, Intel Corp. INTC and Nokia Corp. NOK were strong as a group, but old economy heavy hitters such as General Electric Co. GE , Walt Disney Co. DIS and McDonald's Corp. MCD were also represented in the top 10.

    U.S. companies dominated the ranking, holding 42 of the top 75 slots, Interbrand said, but they lost ground in the auto sector, with foreign car companies like Volkswagen , Honda , and Toyota Motor Corp. overshadowing U.S automakers. Interbrand's valuation process looks at future economic earnings, the role of the brand in those earnings and the risk profile of the brand's expected earnings.

    Interbrand's top 10: 1. Coca-Cola $72.5 billion 2. Microsoft $70.2 billion 3. IBM <IBM.N> $53.2 billion 4. Intel $39.0 billion 5. Nokia $38.5 billion 6. General Electric $38.1 billion 7. Ford $36.4 billion 8. Disney $33.6 billion 9. McDonald's $27.9 billion 10. AT&T Corp. <T.N> $25.5 billion

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  • ActiveWin: Interview with Allen McPheeter, Game Designer: Microsoft Baseball 2001
    Time: 05:42 EST/10:42 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have posted up an interview with Allen McPheeter the game designer of Microsoft Baseball 2001. Microsoft Baseball 2001 is the first PC-based baseball game that combines the features of the award-winning Baseball Mogul simulation technology with Microsoft's tradition for eye-popping graphics and gameplay. Microsoft Baseball 2001 captures the excitement and intensity of an authentic Major League Baseball game ensuring a grand-slam experience for players of all skill levels.

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  • Critical Update: Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 For Windows 2000 Registry Fix
    Time: 05:18 EST/10:18 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For computers running Windows 2000 only. If you downloaded Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 1 (SP1) from the Web between Thursday, July 6, 2000 and Tuesday, July 11, 2000, Microsoft recommends that you install this update today. The original offering of Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 contains a known issue that causes Office® 2000 to display an error message when attempting to access Office Help. This update allows Office Help to be accessed without error.

    If you downloaded Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 on July 12, 2000 or later, your computer is not affected by this issue.
    Note If you don't know when you downloaded Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1, Microsoft recommends that you install this update.

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  • Windows Media Player 7 Released
    Time: 04:30 EST/09:30 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has finally released Windows Media Player 7 - You can download it direct from us or visit the Microsoft download site.

    Note Windows Media Player 7 should NOT be installed on computers running Windows® 95 or Windows NT® 4! If you are using Netscape Navigator 3 or later, you must install the plug-in to use Windows Media Player. Install the plug-in AFTER you install the Player.

    Get Windows Media Player 7

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY JULY 17, 2000

 

WMP 7 Released Tonight - MSN The Best?

 
  • Analysts cautious on MSN's claim to be No. 1 on Web
    Time: 14:40 EST/19:40 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Analysts cautioned against attaching too much importance to the claim by Microsoft Corp. on Monday that its Internet services, MSN, had become the No. 1 worldwide Internet destination for consumers. The company said in a statement that 201 million unique users visited MSN, or Microsoft Services Network during June 2000, according to its own internal data that does not double count users, more than used America Online Inc. or Yahoo Inc.

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  • Microsoft Corp. Digital Media Division Executive Interviews With Phil Leigh On RadioWallStreet.com
    Time: 14:39 EST/19:39 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today, on a special edition of Phil Leigh's Multimedia Internet show on RadioWallStreet.com, Phil Leigh interviews Microsoft Corporation Digital Media Division's Group Product Manager Kevin Unangst.

    The discussion centers on today's Microsoft and EMI Recorded Music co-announcement of availability of over 100 full-length albums and singles from EMI's catalog in the Microsoft® Windows Media(TM) Format and today's Microsoft announcement of the availability for download at midnight tonight of the final version of Microsoft® Windows Media(TM) Player 7.

    This interview is available for on demand listening via this direct link: to http://www.radiowallstreet.com/NASApp/RWS/EventPage?ID=27763 or via www.radiowallstreet.com.

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  • Microsoft Will Continue to Dominate the Client Operating Environment, According to IDC
    Time: 14:39 EST/19:39 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Despite the enthusiasm for Linux, Microsoft will maintain its dynasty in the client operating environment (COE) market for the foreseeable future. In fact, in 1999 Microsoft Windows NT Workstation revenue growth was larger than the overall market's increase. According to IDC, NT Workstation revenue grew by $1.6 billion while the overall market grew by only $1.53 billion due to product declines that offset Microsoft's growth.

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  • ActiveWin: Adobe LiveMotion 1.0 - Review
    Time: 13:39 EST/18:39 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Robert Stein

    Julien has posted the review of Adobe LiveMotion 1.0. Here is a snippet of the review:

    In our connected world having a nice, animated website is very important to diffuse a professional corporate image, to increase sales and promote new products and to find potential business partners. Adobe the worldwide graphic software maker leader has perfectly understood this emerging need as they've just released brand new software named LiveMotion, which is intended to beat the supremacy of Macromedia Flash 4. LiveMotion 1.0 is an advanced software that'll allow you to draw scenes and to animate them the way you want very easily by using the same Time Editor than in Adobe AfterEffects to set your website in motion. All animations that are produced can be exported into the Macromedia Flash format that'll be recognized by 99% of the today's web-browsers!

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  • Microsoft Delivers Industry's Most Advanced Digital Media Platform With Windows Media Technologies 7
    Time: 08:42 EST/13:42 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today released Windows Media Technologies 7, the leading platform for authoring, delivering and playing the highest quality digital media. Microsoft® Windows Media™ Technologies 7 realizes the potential of digital media by providing broadcast-quality video, CD-quality audio, secure content distribution, unmatched reliability and scalability, and an open, easy-to-use and extensible platform ready for the broadband Internet.

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  • DiscoverMusic.com Makes 2.5 Million Song Previews Available In Windows Media
    Time: 08:42 EST/13:42 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. and DiscoverMusic.com today announced that DiscoverMusic.com, the leading provider of song samples for use by Internet music retailers, is now offering in Windows Media™ Format its entire catalog of more than 2.5 million song previews from more than 180,000 albums. Song previews allow online customers to hear samples from an album before they buy. Preview tracks from DiscoverMusic.com are available to consumers now at K-tel International Inc.'s Web site and will be deployed soon by 22 other major online music retailers, including CDNOW Inc. and Virgin Megastore.

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  • Microsoft and KPMG Consulting Introduce Dot.Ramp B2B Digital Marketplace Solution
    Time: 08:42 EST/13:42 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. and KPMG Consulting LLC, a leading provider of Internet integration services, today announced a joint effort to deliver Dot.Ramp, a solution designed to help buyers and sellers rapidly connect to business-to-business (B2B) digital marketplaces. The solution targets enterprises of all sizes with KPMG Consulting's implementation methodology and technology based on the Microsoft® .NET platform, which is built on public Internet standards and protocols and utilizes Microsoft's .NET enterprise servers, including the forthcoming BizTalk™ Server 2000.

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  • EMI Recorded Music and Microsoft Unveil the Largest Single Release Of Digital Music by a Music Company
    Time: 08:40 EST/13:40 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    EMI Recorded Music and Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of over 100 full-length albums and singles from EMI's catalog in the Microsoft® Windows Media™ Format -- the largest single release of digital music on the Web by a music company. The move by EMI coincides with the launch of the new Windows Media Player 7, available for download beginning midnight tonight at WindowsMedia.com (http://WindowsMedia.com/). The release by EMI marks the most significant step by a music company to bring mainstream music from multiple genres to consumers over the Internet.

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  • HomeAdvisor.com Named "Best Home-Buying Site" on the Web, According to Gomez
    Time: 08:40 EST/13:40 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    According to the Gomez™ Summer 2000 Internet Home Buying Scorecard™, an independent survey that evaluated the top 29 online real estate Web sites based on more than 200 specific criteria, the HomeAdvisor™ online real estate service is the "Best Home-Buying Site" on the Internet. The survey was conducted by e-business and consumer authority Gomez Advisors Inc.

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  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 Brings Click and Play Digital Media To Millions Around the Globe
    Time: 08:35 EST/13:35 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Phew - thought we were going to get the date we posted wrong, but it turns out that it will be the 18th July after all heh:

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that the final version of Microsoft® Windows Media™ Player 7 will be available for download worldwide at midnight tonight PDT from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia/ and http://WindowsMedia.com/. The latest release adds even more functionality to the fastest growing and only complete all-in-one media player, integrating new audio-CD-creation technology from Adaptec Inc. and a wide array of new skins and visualizations, including a new "Digital DJ" skin that automates and customizes playback of digital audio and video based on user preferences. Windows Media Player 7 brings digital media to the mainstream for millions of users around the world by offering the easiest-to-use application for their digital media needs.

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  • Windows Media Player 7 Released?
    Time: 08:31 EST/13:31 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    It seems from some of your e-mails this morning that some of you have been able to upgrade to the final version of Windows Media Player 7 by the update option in the beta release. Although I'm pretty sure it'll be closed up again now until late tonight, keep a check out. We'll be posting up Windows Media Player 7 Final on the site tonight at 12 AM PDT as we are one of the sites allowed to distribute it.

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  • Microsoft Purchases Gadzoox Networks Capellix Switch as Development Platform for Windows 2000 Multi-Node Clustering
    Time: 08:02 EST/13:02 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Gadzoox® Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZOOX - news), a leading provider of SAN (storage area network) products, today announced that its Capellix(TM) switch has been purchased by Microsoft as part of reference systems for the development labs used at Microsoft for the testing of multi-node clustering for Windows 2000. Microsoft chose the Capellix SAN switch for testing environments because of the switch's affordability, scalability and cost performance. This marks Gadzoox' continued commitment to delivering open, interoperable and scalable solutions for high availability e-Business application environments.

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  • Microsoft says global users beat Yahoo!, AOL-WSJ
    Time: 05:50 EST/10:50 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp.'s (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) Internet service had 201 million users around the world in June, beating Yahoo! Inc. (NasdaqNM:YHOO - news) and America Online (NYSE:AOL - news) as the most popular network destination, the Wall Street Journal reported in Monday's electronic edition. Microsoft is expected to formally report the figure on Monday, the Journal said.

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  • Microsoft's Ballmer touts software services
    Time: 04:53 EST/09:53 GMT | News Source: InfoWorld | Posted By: Alex Harris

    After wooing developers to its .NET strategy all week, Microsoft turned its attention to business partners, with President and CEO Steve Ballmer telling the Fusion 2000 audience here that all software will be sold as services, not boxed products, in 10 years.

    "You can't just write software," the outspoken Ballmer told one attendee, who asked him if Microsoft planned to become an ASP (application service provider) in the future. "You have to provide a service."

    Ballmer outlined Microsoft's goals with .NET, the architecture the company unveiled last month that aims to link all types of devices, from PCs and Palm PCs to cell phones and Tablet PCs, via Web services.

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  • Microsoft: Kinder, Gentler Partner?
    Time: 04:51 EST/09:51 GMT | News Source: CRN | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft is promising its solutions providers a kindlier, gentler and sleeker software partner. Speaking to a collection of Microsoft solution providers assembled at the company's Fusion 2000 event, Ian Rogoff, Microsoft's vice president of enterprise services and its partner group, said the company is moving to consolidate and simplify its relationships with partners.

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  • Microsoft Unveils New Tools, Programs For ASPs
    Time: 04:49 EST/09:49 GMT | News Source: CRN | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft unveiled a new suite of tools and programs to support the application service provider (ASP) market during Microsoft Fusion 2000 this weekend. As part of the initiative, the company's ASP partners can leverage new technical resources, partnerships, licensing and certification programs to help them offer customers hosted Microsoft solutions. The company also unveiled a new ASP licensing initiative that it will offer Windows 2000, SQL Server 2000, Exchange 2000 Server and Office 2000 to ASPs who want to deliver them as hosted solutions.

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  • Microsoft Unveils One Server, Delays Another
    Time: 04:47 EST/09:47 GMT | News Source: CRN | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft (stock:MSFT) officials on Thursday unveiled the beta version of Small Business Server 2000 and said the release of Exchange 2000 has been further delayed. CEO Steve Ballmer said SBS 2000 will appeal to ASPs and value-added providers for accelerating the deployment of Windows 2000 in the small-business server market. Meanwhile, the wide-scale release of Exchange 2000 has been pushed back until October, officials said. The full Windows DNA fleet will be formally introduced in late September.

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  • Microsoft unveils partner programs
    Time: 04:41 EST/09:41 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft held not just one, but two major conferences for business partners last week. Where the PDC Conference in Orlando drilled down on technical tools for development pros, the Fusion show in Atlanta is focusing on new programs meant to help the companies that employ developers make money from Microsoft .Net.

    In a keynote speech at Fusion today, Microsoft CEO and President Steve Ballmer acknowledged that Redmond needs to show improvements in areas like marketing, sales, and technical materials. But he also expressed confidence that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) will prevail with its current court appeal.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SUNDAY JULY 16, 2000

 

Win Update

 

NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY JULY 15, 2000

 

WMP 7 - Exchange

 
  • ActiveWin: Frequently Asked Questions - Windows "Whistler"
    Time: 08:56 EST/13:56 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have updated the Windows Whistler FAQ with a few more bits and pieces that have shown up since the release of the developers preview on July 13th. Hopefully now this will be kept updated on a weekly basis.

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  • Microsoft To Sell Web Subscriptions
    Time: 07:10 EST/12:10 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The idea of ``subscribing'' to a software service has been bounced around the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) campus for some time. For the company, it's a no-brainer: Why have someone pay just once for a product when they could subscribe over the Internet and pay continuously?

    But now, with that idea central to the Microsoft.NET strategy, the company and its partners must persuade consumers that they'll get their money's worth subscribing to software. According to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, that means making sure the online subscription product is better than the one available on CD-ROM.

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  • Microsoft Profit Seen Rising
    Time: 07:09 EST/12:09 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) struggled through a tumultuous spring that saw the software giant ordered split in two and is now expected to post respectable, but unremarkable, quarterly earnings next week.

    As in the past, Microsoft is expected to meet or slightly beat Wall Street's consensus profit estimates, pegged at 42 cents a share for its fiscal fourth quarter, according to First Call/Thomson Financial, which compiles analyst forecasts.

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  • Microsoft, EMI Team On Web Music
    Time: 07:09 EST/12:09 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    EMI Recorded Music is taking a major plunge into selling downloadable music online, teaming up with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) to put more than 100 albums on sale in the Windows Media format, the companies said Friday.

    In the first large-scale test of digital music sales, the EMI albums - by artists ranging from the Smashing Pumpkins and D'Angelo to Frank Sinatra and George Thorogood - will be available for downloading to personal computers via various online music sellers as of 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, the companies said.

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  • IE 5.5 bugged in first week
    Time: 07:07 EST/12:07 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A newly discovered security bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5.5 browser promises to send the company's engineers back to work on a product released just this week. The security hole lets an attacker read files on a target's computer, according to Georgi Guninski, the Bulgarian bug hunter who demonstrated the bug.

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  • Windows Media Player tweaks MP3 services
    Time: 07:04 EST/12:04 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Although it still looks like July 18th for the full release of Windows Media Player 7, News.com has a piece on it stating that the release will be out Monday. Another thing finally is that yet again the final release is newer than the one in Windows Me, incase anyone really wanted to know:

    Microsoft on Monday will launch its Windows Media Player 7, increasing pressure on rivals such as RealNetworks. Analysts say Microsoft's product is not groundbreaking, but it will help the software giant establish a foothold in the highly competitive, fast-growing market.

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  • Microsoft plans for software rental, delays Exchange
    Time: 07:04 EST/12:04 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft today popped the cork on its plans to sell software through subscriptions rather than through licenses, as it now does. Microsoft said its new plan will help the company sell its software through application service providers, companies that host software programs that are usable over the Web. The software giant, which said this would be the first in a series of Windows-related initiatives expected to be introduced over the next two years, made the announcement during its annual partner show in Atlanta.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY JULY 14, 2000

 

New IntelliType - Whistler

 
  • Patch Available for "The Office HTML Script" Vulnerability and a Workaround for "The IE Script" Vulnerability
    Time: 19:40 EST/00:40 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Office 2000 (Excel and PowerPoint) and in PowerPoint 97. Microsoft has also documented a workaround that prevents the use of Microsoft Access to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. A patch for the latter vulnerability will be available soon and we will have an update to this bulletin. Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-049.asp

    Issue
    Two vulnerabilities have recently been discovered, one affecting Microsoft Office 2000, and PowerPoint 97, and the other Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 and higher. We will refer to these issues as the "Office script" and "IE script" vulnerabilities. The names refer to the product where the vulnerability is present, but not necessarily how the vulnerability is exploited. The Office HTML Script vulnerability, allows malicious script code on a web page to reference an Excel 2000 or PowerPoint file in such a way as to cause a remotely hosted file to be saved to a visiting user's hard drive. This vulnerability can only be exploited by a reference to an Excel 2000 or PowerPoint file; it cannot be exploited using Excel 97, Microsoft Word or a Microsoft Access file. The IE Script vulnerability, can allow malicious script code on a web page to reference a remotely hosted Microsoft Access file. The Microsoft Access file can in turn causes a VBA macro code in the file to be executed.

    Patch Availability
    Microsoft Excel 2000 and PowerPoint 2000: http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/2000/downloaddetails/Addinsec.htm
    Microsoft Excel 2000 and PowerPoint 2000: http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/downloaddetails/PPt97sec.htm
    Note Additional security patches are available at the Microsoft Download Center

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  • New IntelliType Pro Software For Win Me
    Time: 14:18 EST/23:18 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has today released new IntelliType software for Windows Me. Microsoft IntelliType Pro software provides full functionality for the Microsoft Natural® Keyboard Pro, Internet Keyboard Pro, and Internet Keyboard. It also gives you the power to customize your keyboard Hot Keys and settings. This software is not intended to work with Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite or any non-Microsoft keyboard.

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  • IE 5.5 angers Web standards advocates
    Time: 14:59 EST/19:59 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft came under fire today from Web standards advocates over its latest browser, which lets Web developers offer their visitors fairly complex applications with the flick of the wrist--as long as those visitors aren't using Netscape. Microsoft's newly released Internet Explorer 5.5 browser introduces shortcuts for Web developers that make adding page elements, such as calendars, as easy as inserting a tag. On top of that, Microsoft's adherence to basic industry standards for Web technologies as basic as HTML--often called the Web's lingua franca--has been called into question by standards advocates.

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  • Microsoft CEO Says People Overinvest in Dot-Coms
    Time: 14:59 EST/19:59 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer on Friday said that many people were overinvesting in so-called dot-com startup companies. ``Even with the collapse in the sort of dot-com stock marketplace, I still think you have a lot of people who are over-investing...in dot-com startups,'' Ballmer told a Technology Association of Georgia meeting in Atlanta.

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  • MS consumers v. MS: The other lawsuits
    Time: 14:53 EST/19:53 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    They may not get as much attention as Microsoft's high-profile legal battle against the U.S. Department of Justice, but dozens of private antitrust lawsuits are working their way through the nation's courts -- claims that could cost the company billions of dollars in damages.

    While the government case seeks drastic remedies to reel in what Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) can do in the future, the private suits want to force the company to pay for what it's done in the past. Unlike the DOJ, the plaintiffs seek monetary damages, which could be tripled under antitrust laws.

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  • Microsoft Research Professor Wins International Acclaim for Pioneering Work in Software Science
    Time: 14:53 EST/19:53 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Professor Tony Hoare, a member of Microsoft Research's lab in Cambridge UK, has been awarded this year's Kyoto Prize by Japan's Inamori Foundation for his pioneering and fundamental work in software science. One of the world's most prestigious awards, Kyoto prizes are given annually to individuals who make significant contributions to the scientific, cultural or spiritual betterment of society.

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  • Microsoft Announces Launch of Pocket PC in Japan
    Time: 09:44 EST/14:44 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Following a highly successful debut in the United States in April, Microsoft today announced the upcoming launch of the Pocket PC in Japan. Pocket PCs are small, powerful devices that not only store essential calendar and contact information, but also come equipped with powerful applications that let you take your important work with you. People who carry Pocket PCs can read and reply to email, edit Word and Excel documents, listen to digital music in MP3 and Windows Media formats, play games, and access the Web from just about anywhere.

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  • Whistler "Preview" Released
    Time: 00:25 EST/05:25 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Thanks for all the e-mail notifying us that Microsoft has released the first preview version of Whistler, the next version of the Windows operating system. As expected it shows off very little new features, but then again it is basically Windows 5.1. Some of the bits and pieces we have got together from the e-mails goes like this.

    The release notes included with Whistler build 2250 state that Microsoft is going to be dropping AppleTalk, NetBEUI and DLC legacy networking protocol support from the OS. While adding IPv6 networking support along with user-selectable "Visual Styles."

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News Headlines For Thursday 13th July 2000
MSN - WMP 7
  • MSN Companion Site Opens
    Time: 14:17 EST/19:17 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Robert Stein

    MSN CompanionMicrosoft has posted up an early website for its upcoming MSN Companion product not only that, the MSN Companion fact sheet has also been updated. Here is a snippet:

    Just imagine: A home Internet appliance you plug into the wall (as easily as you plug in a coffeepot). You punch a button, and just like that, you’re on the Web! You’re sending and receiving e-mail. You’re trading stocks, playing bridge, shopping for bargain airfares, gifts, and more. When you use MSN Companion, you gain instant access to MSN.

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  • ActiveWin: Iomega ZIP 650 USB - Review
    Time: 14:17 EST/19:17 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Robert Stein

    Julien has posted the review of the Iomega's ZIP CD USB. Here is a snippet of the review:

    After selling millions of Iomega ZIP drives, worldwide, and promoting it as a kind of new standard, Iomega, the American backup solution giant, come back with a brand new innovative ZIP product that'll surely fit the needs of mobile users. The ZIP CD is an USB CD Burner. It's the first USB CD burner we've seen here and even if this new drive doesn't use the ZIP technology we really hope that it'll have a great success as we really appreciated it at Active Network.

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  • Microsoft's .NET Not Bid to Control Internet - CEO
    Time: 10:28 EST/15:28 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp.'s (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) ambitious initiative of coupling its software with the Internet is not an attempt by the company, which already faces a break-up over U.S. antitrust violations, to control the medium, said chief executive Steve Ballmer on Wednesday.

    In a speech at the Comdex Canada computer trade show in Toronto, Ballmer touted the benefits of Microsoft's .NET Internet initiative, unveiled three weeks ago, which is software it hopes will drive a new wave of Internet activity by enabling a wide variety of devices and services to easily swap information.

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  • Windows Media Player 7 Adverts
    Time: 10:25 EST/15:25 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Cheers go out to Jamie for letting us know that Microsoft seems to have confirmed our release date of July 18th which we posted earlier in the week for Windows Media Player 7 on their website with an advert saying "7 A new experience - July 18th" and "7 - The world will change July 18th" A slight exaggeration but none the less its a good player. They will also be posting some big prizes in the form of some sweepstakes on July 18th to coincide with the release of WMP7.

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  • Windows Gaming Logo Program
    Time: 06:35 EST/11:35 GMT | News Source: AVault | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has announced plans for a logo program designed to showcase Windows as a superior gaming platform. A blueprint of the logo specification for gaming applications will be presented to Microsoft IHVs, ISVs and the press at Microsoft Meltdown in Seattle, Wash. To find out more information about testing products for the logo or to request a copy of the specification, e-mail wingame@microsoft.com.

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  • Microsoft Launches New MSN Chat - MSN Messenger 3 Due Soon
    Time: 05:41 EST/10:41 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has finally unveiled the final version of their new MSN chat area at http://chat.msn.com. New features can be checked at http://chat.msn.com/features/featurepage/newfeature.asp. One other thing is that some pages on MSN are stating that users can now use the new voice chat system on MSN which is part of MSN Messenger 3 so expect that in the next day or so too. MSN Messenger 3 is also part of MSN 6 due out next week.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 12th July 2000
5.5 Final Released - MSN Mars

News Headlines For Tuesday 11th July 2000
LiveWare! 3 For Win 2k - Microsoft.NET
  • Windows Media Player 7 Final - July 18th
    Time: 14:45 EST/19:45 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has sent word that the final version of Windows Media Player 7 will be released next Tuesday the 18th July. We'll post an in-depth review of the player this coming weekend and setup an interview with the team behind it.

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  • ActiveWin2k: Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Page - Added
    Time: 11:33 EST/16:33 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin2k | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted an info page about Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Release 1 which will be released later this summer; The service pack will be a rigorously-tested collection of updates that addresses customer-reported concerns with the Windows 2000 operating system. SP1 enhances the overall reliability of Windows 2000 and features easier and more robust mechanisms for applying Service Packs to Windows.

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  • ActiveWin2k: Microsoft Windows 2000 Certified Applications List - Updated
    Time: 11:33 EST/16:33 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin2k | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted Microsoft's latest Windows 2000 Certified Applications List; this updated list includes about 20 new entries. This certification means the application uses advances in Windows technology as defined in the Windows 2000 Applications Specification standards; not being certified does not mean the program will not work, it just means that it is not guaranteed. Applications that carry this Certified-for-Windows logo are designed to deliver new levels of reliability, manageability.

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  • ActiveWin2k: Microsoft Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List - Updated
    Time: 11:33 EST/16:33 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin2k | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted Microsoft's latest Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List; this list is vital to anyone who is planning to purchase Windows 2000 machines and add devices or for those of you who are planning to upgrade older machines. Check it out! In text format, 2.2 MB.

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  • Microsoft Announces Groundswell of Support for .NET Platform
    Time: 10:03 EST/15:03 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2000, Microsoft Corp. introduced the Microsoft® .NET Framework and Visual Studio®.NET and announced that over 100 industry partners are supporting the .NET Framework, including 70 independent software vendors (ISVs), 17 tools vendors, ten systems integrators and solutions providers, and four publishers. In addition, more than 90 partners are showcasing their support by exhibiting at the event.

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  • Microsoft Delivers Roadmap and Software for .NET Enterprise Servers
    Time: 10:02 EST/15:02 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today detailed and delivered technology previews and beta releases of its comprehensive family of .NET enterprise servers -- the latest evolution of the Windows® DNA servers -- to attendees of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC). The new .NET enterprise servers will deliver deep XML integration, pioneering software-scale support across all tiers, distributed business process orchestration, and interoperability with existing software and hardware investments, and also will provide the foundation for building a new generation of Web services with the .NET Platform.

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  • Microsoft Delivers First .NET Platform Developer Tools for Building Web Services
    Time: 10:02 EST/15:02 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    In his keynote address at the eighth Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2000, Paul Maritz, group vice president of the Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp., today announced the initial developer availability to PDC attendees of the Microsoft® .NET Framework and Visual Studio.NET for building, integrating and running next-generation, XML-based Web services. Visual Studio.NET, the latest version of the world's most widely used development tools, provides native support for drag and drop development of Web services. Together, these two products provide developers with a high productivity, multilanguage environment to rapidly build, deliver and integrate Web services on the Microsoft .NET Platform.

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  • Microsoft Publishes Key Specifications for Web Services
    Time: 10:01 EST/15:01 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2000, Microsoft Corp. published preliminary versions of two core specifications for creating and using Web services, adding to the SOAP group of Extensible Markup Language (XML) interoperability technologies. The two specifications, published on the MSDN™ developer program Web site (http://msdn.microsoft.com/), are the SOAP Contract Language (SCL), which describes the capabilities of Web services, and SOAP Discovery, which provides rules for locating Web services. Together, these additions strengthen the interoperability capabilities defined in the SOAP specification and provide the standards-based foundation underlying the entire Microsoft® .NET Platform.

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  • WindowsMedia.com Becomes Most Popular Multimedia Guide on the Web
    Time: 10:01 EST/15:01 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As the Internet becomes a chief source for popular audio and video, Web sites dedicated to guiding consumers to their favorite music and videos have become some of the fastest-growing destinations on the Internet. According to Media Metrix Inc., the leader in Internet audience measurement, WindowsMedia.com leads this emerging category of Web sites. With 5.7 million individual visitors in May 2000, WindowsMedia.com (http://windowsmedia.com/) is the most-visited site for audio and video on the Internet, attaining a reach of 7.3 in May. By comparison, competing Web sites such as MP3.com, Broadcast.com and RealGuide.real.com attained reaches of 3.4, 4.6 and 3.8, respectively.

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  • WindowsMedia.com Becomes Most Popular Multimedia Guide on the Web
    Time: 10:01 EST/15:01 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As the Internet becomes a chief source for popular audio and video, Web sites dedicated to guiding consumers to their favorite music and videos have become some of the fastest-growing destinations on the Internet. According to Media Metrix Inc., the leader in Internet audience measurement, WindowsMedia.com leads this emerging category of Web sites. With 5.7 million individual visitors in May 2000, WindowsMedia.com (http://windowsmedia.com/) is the most-visited site for audio and video on the Internet, attaining a reach of 7.3 in May. By comparison, competing Web sites such as MP3.com, Broadcast.com and RealGuide.real.com attained reaches of 3.4, 4.6 and 3.8, respectively.

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  • ADP Teams With Microsoft to Bring Its Payroll Solutions To Microsoft's Online Small Businesses
    Time: 09:33 EST/14:33 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Automatic Data Processing, Inc.'s (ADP®; NYSE:AUD) Emerging Business Services Division today announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT - news) to provide visitors to Microsoft's Web properties with access to ADP's payroll and tax filing solutions for small businesses. As part of the agreement, ADP will showcase its solutions across multiple Microsoft properties including the Encarta® online encyclopedia, Expedia®, Zone.com, the MSN® network of Internet services and Microsoft's Slate® online magazine. In addition, this strategic alliance positions ADP as an endorsed payroll and related tax filing service provider for the 1 million registered small business users of the Microsoft® bCentral(TM) small business portal.

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  • Freeshop.com and Microsoft Network Announce Significantly Expanded Marketing Alliance
    Time: 09:32 EST/14:32 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    FreeShop.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSHP - news), a leader in online direct marketing, and the Microsoft Network (MSN), today announced an expanded one-year marketing alliance that will feature FreeShop's magazine subscription offers throughout the Microsoft Network. The magazine titles, which include a 90-day free trial period, will be positioned in eShop's Books and Magazines section, as well as other areas including MSN WomenCentral, MSN Health, Encarta, msnbc.com, and Slate.

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  • Great Plains Announces Support for Microsoft .NET Framework
    Time: 09:32 EST/14:32 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Great Plains (Nasdaq: GPSI - news) today announced at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference, its adoption of Microsoft .NET Framework and the C# programming language. As a leading developer on the Microsoft platform, Great Plains has extensively collaborated with Microsoft for more than a year on the development of Microsoft .NET Framework. Great Plains is using Microsoft .NET Framework in its next generation e-business solutions because of its increased productivity, reliability, multi-language support, and Internet capabilities.

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  • Internet Explorer 5.5 Newsgroups
    Time: 05:57 EST/10:57 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For those of you who like to keep up to date with new Microsoft newsgroups, in preperation for the impending release of Internet Explorer 5.5 gold tonight/tomorrow Microsoft has posted up a whole bunch of new 5.5 newsgroups on their msnews.microsoft.com server.

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  • LiveWare! 3 For Windows 2000 Released
    Time: 05:17 EST/10:17 GMT | News Source: Creative Newsgroups | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Creative have finally got off their asses and released LiveWare 3 for Windows 2000. The whole of the program isn't up yet, but the drivers are. Now all we need are drivers that will enable Hibernating on Windows Me.

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