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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2000

Netscape 6 Released

DirectX 8 Downloads



  DirectX 8.0 Officially Available To Download
Time: 10:00 EST/15:00 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Take your pick from one of the following download sites for your international version: Note that theses are for Windows 95/98/Me only.

Chinese (Simplified) http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/CN/DX80CHS.exe

Chinese (Traditional) http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/TW/DX80CHT.exe

Czech http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/CS/DX80CZE.exe

Dutch http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/NL/DX80dut.exe

English http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/EN-US/DX80eng.exe

French http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/FR/DX80frn.exe

German http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/DE/DX80ger.exe

Italian http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/IT/DX80itn.exe

Japanese http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/JA/DX80jpn.exe

Korean http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/KO/DX80kor.exe

Polish http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/PL/DX80pol.exe

Portugese (Brazil) http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/PT-BR/DX80brz.exe

Russian http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/RU/DX80rus.exe

Spanish http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/ES/DX80spa.exe

Swedish http://msvaus.www.conxion.com/download/winme/Update/8.0/WinMe/SV/DX80swe.exe

 

  Netscape Communicator 6.0 Released
Time: 08:00 EST/13:00 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Netscape have released the final version of Communicator 6.0. Hopefully it will be a lot less buggy than the last beta release but all in all it should be a good release.

 


NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2000

Various new drivers!

DirectX 8 Gold



  Microsoft DirectX 8.0 Public Release Date
Time: 18:37 EST/23:37 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson
For those of you who want to be in the know - Microsoft has just officially announced that DirectX 8 has gone gold. Both the DirectX 8.0 SDK and DirectX 8.0 Runtime are scheduled to be available for download before 12:01 a.m. PST, Saturday, Nov. 11.

 

  Microsoft DirectX 8.0, DirectX 8.0 SDK Goes Gold
Time: 13:05 EST/18:05 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Active Network
You heard it first here! Our sources tell us that Microsoft DirectX 8.0 and DirectX 8.0 SDK final versions were released to testers earlier today. There are many new features in this release including updated or new versions of the following individual components; DirectX Graphics (Integration of DirectDraw and Direct3D), Direct Audio, Direct MusicProducer, DirectInput, DirectPlay, DirectShow and DirectX for Visual Basic. We have not received any more information on features or the public release date, but we will keep you updated!

 

  ActiveWin.Com Rated 'Excellent Super Site' by Microsoft Press
Time: 08:24 EST/13:24 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press | Posted By: Julien
Microsoft Press the editing filial of Microsoft, has just rated ActiveWin.Com as an excellent super website in its very complete french guide 'The Best WebSites - 2001 Edition'.  In this new book written by Rémi Pécheral & Thierry Crouzet, ActiveWin.Com is part of the 5,000 websites selection and is rated as a reference site. The book also says ActiveWin.Com is a superb site to know everything about the latest Microsoft Windows news (including tips & tricks, drivers informations and more). We're very proud to be part of this selection which recognized our constant hard work to bring our faithful readers the latest Microsoft oriented news.

 

  New G400 & G450 Drivers
Time: 03:25 EST/08:25 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien
Matrox, the well known canadian graphic card manufacturer, has just released new drivers for its G400 & G450 graphic cards. These new 6.10.013 drivers are available for Windows 9x and Windows Millennium. You can download them right now by clicking here.

 

  New NVidia Detonator 7.17 Drivers Leaked on the Web
Time: 03:10 EST/08:10 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien
Brand new Detonator 7.17 drivers have just leaked on the Web. This new set of drivers manages every NVidia based 3D graphic accelerator card from TNT to GeForce II Ultra. To the menu of this new version is the full support of DirectX 8.0. You can download this drivers by choosing your operating system below:

NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2000

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  Texas Instruments and Microsoft Announce GSM/GPRS Wireless Handset Solution Optimized for Microsoft's Smart Phone Platform
Time: 08:51 EST/13:51 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN - news; TI) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) today unveiled an integrated wireless solution designed to support next generation (2.5G), GSM/GPRS-enabled wireless handsets and advanced mobile computing devices. Based on Microsoft's smart phone platform (code-named Stinger) and TI's digital signal processor (DSP)-based GSM chipset technology, this solution will deliver broadband-enabled wireless applications to consumers, such as secure e-commerce, mobile Internet access and corporate e-mail, with greater performance and longer battery life.

 

  Microsoft Expands Its Mobile Strategy in Asia
Time: 08:51 EST/13:51 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) today marked progress in the Asian wireless marketplace with the announcement that it has started to engage with mobile network operators and industry partners in the region, including SmarTone, by developing risk-reward relationships. These risk-reward relationships underline Microsoft's determination to deliver the richest mobile data applications and services for the Asian region.

``This is a very exciting time for Microsoft. With the growth in this region, combined with our collective resources and industry know-how, we anticipate this will bring us to the forefront of the data application industry, in line with our global wireless strategy,'' said Paul Gross, senior vice president of the Mobility Division at Microsoft.

 

  Too close to call: Senator Microsoft's career hangs by a thread
Time: 08:51 EST/13:51 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson
The most Microsoft-friendly senator in the US is in deep trouble this morning, with the vote in the company's home state of Washington tied at 49 per cent apiece. Senator Slade Gorton and challenger Maria Cantwell jockeyed for a tiny lead in the early hours, and it could be a long, nail-biting process before either can be declared victor.

 


NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2000

New Look
X-Box

Thai Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft



  ActiveWin.com: Interview with Art Pettigrue, Product Manager: Microsoft Windows Millennium (Me)
Time: 10:29 EST/15:29 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Robert Stein
We have just posted our long-waiting interview with Art Pettigrue, Product Manager of Win Me. In this interview he shares his perspective on different features, development, etc. of this product and more! Check it out!

 

  Participate.com Selected by Microsoft to Manage MSN Online Communities
Time: 09:04 EST/14:04 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Participate.com, a Chicago-based company specializing in the management of online communities, has been chosen by Microsoft Corp. to manage the People & Chat and Zone.com (gaming) communities of the MSN® network of Internet services. Microsoft selected Participate.com because its online community management services allow corporations to increase consumer loyalty while gathering insights from and lowering the cost of acquiring customers.

"We're thrilled to announce that Microsoft has outsourced the management of its MSN online communities to Participate.com," said Alan Warms, president and CEO of Participate.com. "This relationship further validates the competitive advantage and economic value companies place on using professionally managed online communities to successfully conduct business on the Internet."

 

  Microsoft Embraces the Worldwide Independent Video Game Developer Community
Time: 09:04 EST/14:04 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Microsoft Corp. is demonstrating expanded support of the global video game development community through two unprecedented programs for the Xbox™ game system, the company's future-generation video game console scheduled for release in the fall of 2001. Details of the Xbox Independent Developer Program and the Xbox Incubator Program, both of which will enable game designers to create prototypes of Xbox games, were announced at the Australian Game Developer Conference on Nov. 5.

 

  Thai Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft
Time: 05:38 EST/10:38 GMT | News Source: Newsbytes | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
The Thai Supreme Court has dealt US software giant Microsoft Corp. [NASDAQ:MSFT] a blow by overriding lower court rulings and acquitting local personal computer (PC) vendor Atec Computer of any copyright infringement.

The high court's verdict, reached on October 16, could set a precedent for copyright protection in Thailand and will likely affect a similar case between the two companies which the Criminal Court is investigating. After the victory Atec threatened to retaliate by filing a suit against Microsoft. The suit would seek to restore Atec's reputation, said General Manager Nithiphat Limwanichrat.

Microsoft filed the charge against Atec with the Intellectual Property and International Trade Court two years ago for alleged illegal hard-drive loading of its software, including Windows Thai Edition and Microsoft Office 95.

 

  Gates to Sell $135.4 Million in Microsoft Stock
Time: 05:38 EST/10:38 GMT | News Source: Excite | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Bill Gates plans to sell Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) stock valued at $135.4 million, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed on Monday.
Gates, Microsoft's co-founder and chairman, intends to sell 2 million shares of common stock, according to the SEC document.

It shows that the last time Gates sold Microsoft stock was on Sept. 8, when he sold 1 million shares for $69.7 million.

In the past three months, Gates has sold 10 million shares for $702.4 million, the filing showed. A foundation named after Gates and his wife, Melinda, has sold 22.865 million shares for $1.6 billion.

 


NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2000

New Look
MS Number 1 With Home Users

Microsoft Hack



  AskAW Helpers Needed
Time: 22:38:01 EST/03:01 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Due to the overwhelming response to our Ask AW section we are in need of some additional helpers. This section has really taken off and if you have not checked out the section then please take a look and the questions we receive daily here.

This position is a volunteer position and we will provide you with an ActiveWin e-mail address

For further details please contact Matt at askaw@activewin.com.

 

  Microsoft Seeks Testers for IE6
Time: 15:01 EST/20:01 GMT | News Source: ZDNET | Posted By: Robert Stein
IE 6.0, according to ActiveWin.com and WinInformant.com, will get a more digital-media-oriented facelift. Microsoft will add Explorer tool bars that will allow users to work more easily with digital images, music, and video clips, the sites said.

ActiveWin representatives also claimed that Microsoft is adding new antivirus capabilities to Outlook Express as part of the IE 6.0 release. And Microsoft will almost certainly add the new dynamic HTML and cascading-style-sheet technologies to IE 6.0 that it unveiled last week as part of its service pack 1 update to IE 5.5.

 

 Top Services From MSN See Record Growth Due to Excitement Over the New MSN Explorer
Time: 09:26 EST/14:26 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson
In response to the successful launch of the new MSN® Explorer, MSN today announced a significant increase in the number of consumers using the best-of-breed online MSN services including MSN Calendar, the MSN Hotmail® Web-based e-mail service, the MSN MoneyCentral™ online personal finance service and MSN eShop. The overwhelming and immediate popularity of the new MSN Explorer and the surge in the number of consumers using MSN Services shows high demand for an easy way to get on the Internet combined with an integrated and personalized Web experience. More than 1.5 million consumers have experienced the new MSN Explorer that combines the best of MSN content and services, including MSN Hotmail, MSN Search and MSN eShop, with the best of Microsoft's Internet software, such as the Microsoft® Internet Explorer browser software and the Windows Media™ Player. The new MSN Explorer delivers a single integrated experience that helps consumers get more from the Web. Both new and seasoned Web users whose previous experiences were not living up to their expectations have welcomed the new MSN Explorer.

 

 Microsoft claims No. 1 spot among Web at-home users
Time: 08:07 EST/13:07 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) claimed the No. 1 spot among at-home Internet users in August for the first time since March, according to a Jupiter Media Metrix multi-country report to be released Monday.

Nearly 55 percent of Microsoft's total unique visitors, or the number of different individuals that access the site or services counted only once, come from the U.S., signalling that the software giant taps a higher percentage of its traffic from online audiences abroad relative to other leading brands.

The report, which looks at Internet use in seven countries, also found that the Web was accessed from home more frequently per user in Japan than in any other country measured, according to the report, which included Japan in the world rankings for the first time in this report.

 

 Microsoft and Compaq to Team Up for Mobile Internet Services Revolution
Time: 08:05 EST/13:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) and Compaq Computer Corp. today announced they would extend their long history of collaboration to deliver next-generation software, hardware and services to mobile network operators and enterprise customers. The successful collaborating companies will work together on the marketing and selling of Microsoft's mobile Internet services and software ready-loaded on Compaq's ProLiant servers, extending the functionality of the award-winning iPAQ Pocket PC.

The announcement marks an advancement in delivering mobile data services -- such as the Microsoft® Exchange-based calendar, contacts, personalized Web content and rich multimedia content -- to the consumer, and brings any time, any place communication one step closer.

 

 Microsoft hacked again
Time: 08:03 EST/13:03 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson
Just one week after Microsoft admitted to a major breach of its security, another hacker by the name of Dimitri claims to have gained access to several of its Web servers.

Using a known security hole in M$' Internet Information Server software - which should have been fixed with its own patch - Dimitri hacked into the servers and uploaded a text file called Hack the Planet. He claims to have been able to alter files on Microsoft's download site and, if he so wished, add Trojan horses to software. The implications are obvious.

 




 ActiveWin.Com - Microsoft Midtown Madness 2 Giveaway
Time: 19:04 EST/00:04 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Robert Stein
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 Try your Luck! Microsoft Casino Trial Version Available Later Today
Time: 17:00 EST/22:00 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien
Microsoft today announced that the trial version for Microsoft Casino will be available for download later today on its official site at http://www.microsoft.com/games/casino/. The Microsoft Casino site, launched today in anticipation of the trial version, provides players with a full house of information on the game. Microsoft Casino is now available at retail locations throughout North America. The Microsoft Casino trial version takes gamers to The Mirage(r) for a game of Blackjack and Video Poker. Players will feel the excitement of the Strip as they start with a bankroll of $10,000. High rollers beware! Once the virtual cash runs out, the trial version ends.The full retail version of the game includes ten favorite casino games: Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker(r), Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, The Big 6 Wheel, Video Keno, Video Poker and Slots. Realistic features, such as the Casino Challenge, give high rollers the chance to win their way from Treasure Island at The Mirage(r) to The Mirage and Bellagio(r) without having to walk the Strip. Players can win virtual comps and prizes that include a night's stay in a palatial suite or tickets to Las Vegas' glamorous stage shows. The game also allows players to set up their own tournaments, where they can challenge computer players. Microsoft Casino is available for an estimated street price of US$29.99.

 

 Internet Explorer 6 Testing Set To Begin
Time: 16:15 EST/21:15 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
We have had a few e-mails these last couple of days that seem to lend great weight to us to show that the first beta release of Internet Explorer 6.0 is set to be launched with Microsoft's beta testers in the next day or so. No news of what is new except for more explorer bars and a few DHTML and CSS improvements but more news as we get it.

 

 ActiveWin.Com: Norton Internet Security 2001 Family Edition -- Review
Time: 15:00 EST/20:00 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien
Norton Internet Security 2001 - Family EditionDo you want to protect you internet connection from hackers, malicious treats and cyber thiefs? If so you you should read the review I've just posted on the newly released Norton Internet Security 2001 software. Here is a snippet of the review:

Every Internet user is aware that its Internet connection is a potential risk source: an Internet connection is an open door for hackers. Symantec has recently released Norton Internet Security 2001 that comes with Norton AntiVirus 2001 and is aimed to protect your internet connection against every kind of threat: hackers, cyberthiefs, malicious ActiveX or Java code, and cookies. With the release of Microsoft Windows Me previous versions of Norton Internet Security don’t work at all, so this version of Norton Internet Security 2001 is now fully compliant with Windows Me and even Windows 2000. The plus feature of the Family Edition is its ability to protect users’ children by blocking inappropriate websites. So here’s my complete review of this great product.

 

 Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback 2 Update for Fighter Ace II Users
Time: 06:50 EST/11:50 GMT | News Source: TechWeb | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Rough global economic conditions and a bumpy tech sector have done little to cause Microsoft Corp. executives to dampen earnings expectations for the rest of the year.

The Redmond, Wash., software maker, which beat Wall Street's expectations for its most recent quarterly earnings, says it is on track to complete its fiscal year according to plan.

 


NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2000

 

MS Web Mobile Talks - Norton SystemWorks 2001 Review - MSIE 5.5 SP1 Available

 
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1 and Internet Tools
    Time: 14:45 EST/19:45 GMT | News Source: e-mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Download Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Internet Tools. The newest version of Internet Explorer includes improved support for DHTML and CSS, which gives Web architects greater control over browser appearance and behavior. Enjoy the ability to preview Web pages exactly as they will appear when printed. Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1 and Internet Tools makes it easier than ever to connect to the Internet and find the information you need. With Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1 and Internet Tools, you can use Connection Manager as your default dialer when Dial-Up Networking is already installed.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Norton SystemWorks 2001 -- Review
    Time: 13:46 EST/18:46 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien

    Ask AWI've just posted my indepth review of Norton SystemWorks 2001: a software suite of the most famous utilities of the world. Check out the review to learn how this suite can solve your PC problems. Here is a snippet of the review:

    Symantec the worldwide leader of ‘yellow branded’ utility software has just released a new version of its famous maintenance suite named SystemWorks 2001. This new version contains Norton AntiVirus 2001, Norton CleanSweep 2001, and Norton Utilities 2001. With this new release is the full support of Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows Me: a good point to be able to use Norton tools on almost every Windows 32bit platform. Every version of the Norton tools has evolved, but does this new release bring enough new features to justify the upgrade cost? We’ll review that in detail.

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  • Best Buy Signs 1 Million Customers to MSN
    Time: 09:09 EST/14:09 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Best Buy Co. Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced they have reached a milestone in their joint marketing and distribution alliance by signing up more than 1 million customers for MSN® Internet Access online service since November 1999. In addition, Best Buy will be one of the first retailers to offer the MSN Explorer Internet software recently unveiled by MSN, which combines the best of MSN content and services - including the MSN Hotmail® Web-based e-mail service, the MSN MoneyCentral™ online personal finance service, MSN Shopping and MSN Search - with the best of Microsoft® Internet software - such as Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and Windows Media™ Player. The new MSN Explorer delivers a single integrated experience that helps consumers get more from the Web.

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  • Microsoft in Web talks with UK mobile firms
    Time: 08:46 EST/13:46 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) is in talks with several wireless companies in Britain about developing new Internet services for mobile phones, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

    It said the U.S. group was understood to have held talks with UK mobile market leader Vodafone Group Plc (quote from Yahoo! UK & Ireland: VOD.L) and British Telecommunications (quote from Yahoo! UK & Ireland: BT.L), whose Cellnet unit occupies the number two slot. Quoting Microsoft group vice president Rick Belluzzo, it said the company was actively pursuing partnerships around the world with mobile phone companies.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2000

 

Whistler

 
  • New NVidia Detonator 6.47 Beta Drivers
    Time: 16:19 EST/21:19 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    New Detonator 6.47 drivers have just leaked on the web and are available for every Microsoft Windows Platform. As you can see the build number jumped from 6.35 to 6.47. If you've got a 3D graphic card that uses a NVidia TNT, TNT 2, TNT 2 Ultra, GeForce, GeForce II, GeForce II Mx, GeForce II Ultra GPU, make sure  to download the latest drivers to get the best performance.

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  • New IomegaWare 2.7 for Windows Me
    Time: 16:10 EST/21:10 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Julien

    Iomega has just release a new version 2.7 of its IomegaWare drivers for Click, ZIP and JAZ Drives. This new released totally supports Microsoft Windows Me and Microsoft Windows 2000. Every user are encouraged to download this free update by clicking here. Note that localized versions of the drivers are already available on local Iomega FTP servers.

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  • MSN and The Knot Make Wedding Planning Easier
    Time: 15:19 EST/20:19 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Robert Stein

    The MSN® network of Internet services, which helps consumers get more from the Web, and The Knot Inc., the leading online wedding resource, today announced a relationship that will make The Knot the premier wedding content provider for MSN.

    Under the new agreement, The Knot and MSN, which was visited by more than 210 million visitors in the month of September, will build a weddings area to be featured on MSN WomenCentral. The new weddings area on MSN will provide to-be-weds with direct access to the superb wedding content and services of The Knot.

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  • MSN Rings in the Online Holiday Shopping Season
    Time: 15:19 EST/20:19 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Robert Stein

    Beginning today, consumers can experience easier and smarter online shopping thanks to an array of new features and tools Microsoft Corp. unveiled as part of the MSN® network of Internet services. MSN eShop continues to be designed as a one-stop shopping destination, ensuring that both new and experienced online consumers get the most from their time and money.

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  • Warner Music Group Selects Microsoft Windows Media for Music Downloads in Multiyear Agreement
    Time: 15:19 EST/20:19 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Robert Stein

    Warner Music Group (WMG) and Microsoft Corp. today announced that WMG has chosen Microsoft® Windows Media™ to deliver high-quality, secure music downloads over the Internet. In a multiyear agreement, WMG has selected Windows Media Format as a primary format for commercial music download initiatives in the United States and Canada, with security provided by Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM).The first WMG tracks for sale in Windows Media Format will be available beginning today at leading online retailers. Music fans in the United States and Canada will be able to download current singles and exclusive Internet-only tracks by major WMG artists including Yolanda Adams, Barenaked Ladies, k.d. lang, matchbox twenty, Orgy, Pantera, Phish, Keith Sweat and others.

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  • Kinokuniya and Microsoft Announce Alliance To Bring Microsoft Reader EBooks to Japan
    Time: 06:16 EST/11:16 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Kinokuniya Company Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic alliance to offer eBooks in Microsoft® Reader format to Japanese consumers. Under the alliance, Kinokuniya - Japan's leading bookseller - will open an eBook store in early 2001 to offer English-language titles in the Microsoft Reader format. This advancement in electronic book distribution is facilitated by Digital Asset Server (DAS), Microsoft's state-of-the-art technology that enables secure distribution of eBooks in Microsoft Reader format. The companies also announced that Japanese-language eBooks will be available mid-2001, and Chinese-language eBooks also are forthcoming. The alliance marks Kinokuniya's first foray into eBooks as well as Microsoft's entry into the Japanese eBook marketplace.

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  • Companies Adopt New Microsoft XML Parser For Mission-Critical Applications
    Time: 06:16 EST/11:16 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Delivering on its commitment to quickly implement the latest Extensible Markup Language (XML) standards, Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of its newest XML parser, MSXML3. This fully supported version is available for download from the MSDN® developer program XML Developer Center (http://msdn.microsoft.com/xml/). Less than three years after becoming a recommended specification of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), XML is being widely adopted and is yielding dramatic benefits for customers, who are already using the completed version of the Microsoft® parser to build and deliver applications that maximize the capabilities of XML.

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  • Microsoft Delivers First Beta Release of Next Version of Windows, Code-Named "Whistler"
    Time: 06:16 EST/11:16 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the first beta release of the next version of the Microsoft® Windows® operating system, code-named "Whistler." The beta 1 release will be distributed to key partners and customers, as well as to more than 200,000 software developers via MSDN®, with the objective of gathering feedback and enabling compatibility testing.

    "The release of 'Whistler' beta 1 represents the next step in delivering on our vision for Windows and will provide software and hardware vendors with a single code base on which to develop applications and devices for both home and business PC users," said Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Division at Microsoft. "This release will help us continue to receive the feedback we need, which will help ensure broad compatibility of software applications and hardware devices and ultimately provide the best customer experience."

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  • Microsoft bCentral Expands Its Offerings to Make Everyday Processes Easier For Small Businesses
    Time: 06:16 EST/11:16 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Microsoft® bCentral™ small-business service today announced three new subscription-based Web services that will launch beginning this month. Adding to the Web hosting, e-mail and marketing services that have helped bCentral become the Web's leading small-business portal, the new offerings mark an evolution of the vision of bCentral to make core business processes easier any time, any place and on any device.

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