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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2000

  Midtown Madness 2 Review - Pacific Microsonics  
  • Microsoft devoting bulk of research funds to .Net
    Time: 13:10 EST/18:10 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft chairman Bill Gates yesterday said the software giant is spending around 80 percent of its annual $4 billion research and development budget on work linked to its .Net Internet integration strategy.

    "I'd say about 80 percent of it is behind this .Net effort. We actually started our advanced research group about eight years ago, and it's through .Net that their research will actually get into the marketplace," Gates told Australia's Nine Network "Business Sunday" program.

    The .Net strategy is intended to integrate Microsoft's software with the Internet and to make it easier to swap information among computing devices.

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  • ActiveWin: Midtown Madness 2 - Review
    Time: 10:30 EST/15:30 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Midtown Madness 2 - ReviewWe have posted up the first review of Microsoft's soon to be released Midtown Madness 2. Here is a snippet from the review:

    As with Midtown Madness - this sequel still doesn't have the most eye catching of graphics and there are also many clear graphical problems going on for me to give them a very high mark, there are many slow downs during play as well as jagged edges on lots of special effects beneath cars (could be the G400 there). What did impress me was the weather effects and the night-time playing levels which is where I could really get a good atmosphere coming up from the game.

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  • Microsoft Joins with eLabor.com To Enhance Resource Management Tools in Microsoft Project, Project Central
    Time: 09:16 EST/14:16 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft last month formed a strategic alliance with eLabor.com to incorporate the latter's Enterprise Project technology into future versions of the Microsoft Project family of project and resource management solutions. As part of the agreement, eLabor.com will become an application service provider (ASP) for Microsoft Project and Project Central as well as a preferred provider of time-and-attendance services on bCentral, Microsoft's Web portal for small businesses. Combining Enterprise Project with the next generation of Microsoft Project products will bring customers better tools for portfolio management, skills-based scheduling, enterprise-wide decision support and top-down budgeting.

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  • Microsoft Acquires Pacific Microsonics Inc.
    Time: 09:16 EST/14:16 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has acquired Pacific Microsonics Inc. (PMI), the developer of HDCD digital audio technology. Microsoft will incorporate PMI's pioneering technology into future offerings for the PC and will make it available for a wide range of consumer devices. PMI will continue to support and develop its existing products.

    PMI brings to Microsoft unique strengths in digital audio signal processing that are increasingly important as digital media becomes a primary source of entertainment on both PC and non-PC devices.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2000

  Picture It is still a Best Seller  
  • Microsoft Picture It Continues to be the Imaging Leader
    Time: 06:45 EST/11:45 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that the award-winning Microsoft® Picture It!® consumer photo-editing software has been the overall U.S. retail sales leader in revenue and units since its launch in 1996 through July 2000, according to PC Data*. Picture It! continues to be the leading photo-imaging software brand, and this recognition of its achievement tops an ever-growing list of awards that Picture It! has won over the past few years. Launched in 1995, the Picture It! line of products, available on CD-ROM, makes it possible to edit, enhance and share photos from a home computer. Easy-to-use tools and innovative features help consumers improve their photos quickly and create the highest-quality print, Web and photo projects to share with friends and family. For the first time this year, Microsoft has fully integrated all the functionality in Picture It! with its popular, award-winning home publishing product, creating a new offering called Picture It! Publishing Platinum. Picture It! products scheduled to be available for 2001 include Picture It! Publishing Gold, Silver and Platinum editions as well as Picture It! Photo and Photo Premium.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2000

  Intel Bios Update for Windows Me  

NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2000

  Corel Custom Photo Review - Midtown Madness 2 is Gold  
  • Put the Pedal to the Metal: Microsoft Midtwon Madness 2 is Gold
    Time: 17:55 EST/22:55 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft today announced that Midtown Madness 2, the highly anticipated sequel to last year's award-winning Midtown Madness, has gone gold. This means that the product is completed and is expected to hit store shelves in the U.S. later this month. Midtown Madness 2 is the over-the-top urban racer sequel to the award-winning "Midtown Madness," one of the top-selling racing games of 1999. To celebrate this milestone, Midtown Madness 2 will be showcased alongside the BMW Mini Cooper at the upcoming Paris Auto Show, September 29 to October 1. The Paris Auto Show is the third largest auto show in the world, boasting thousands of attendees yearly. In addition, Midtown Madness 2 will also be featured at the upcoming Beetle Rally Cup at the Road Atlanta Speedway on September 30. The Beetle Rally Cup is part of the Petit Le Mans race, the ninth leg of the American Le Mans series. Both the BMW Mini Cooper and VW Beetle are included in Midtown Madness 2's line-up of cars. Midtown Madness 2 delivers the same madcap racing excitement as the original with even more hair-raising racing challenges, two new locations – London and San Francisco - and ten hip, new urban roadsters. Midtown Madness 2 also features the new single-player Crash Course Mission mode where budding drivers can learn and improve their skills by racing as a Hollywood stunt driver on location at a San Francisco movie set or as a trainee at the Imperial Cabbie Academy in London. The game puts players in the driver's seat of ten all-new campy urban roadsters ranging from the Audi TT to a cherry-red Freightliner fire truck. These are in addition to the madcap assortment of cars and trucks from the original game, including the new VW Bug and Ford Mustang. The game features the same great racing modes as the original, including Blitz, Check-Point, Circuit and Multiplayer Capture-the-Gold. Plus, Midtown Madness 2 builds upon the ground-breaking physics engine of the original by allowing all new racing challenges like racing on two wheels, and mastering the hand brake, power slides and more. In addition, damage modeling has been improved, allowing breakaway parts and even better damage detail. Midtown Madness 2 will be available at retail locations throughout North America in late September for an anticipated street price of US$39.99. For more information you can check our Microsoft Midtown Madness 2 Preview by clicking here.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Corel Custom Photo - Review
    Time: 11:40 EST/16:40 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review of Corel Custom Photo an home user dedicated graphic software suite that gives everyone the power to touch up photos easily. Here is a snippet of the review:

    The spread of digital photos is unprecedented and will mark the computer era forever as well as the photography world. If professional photographs entered in a kind of stagnation during the past few years, the release of digital cameras has incredibly increased their sales activities. Due to digital cameras, scanners and other capturing devices, acquiring pictures and touching them up in order to publish them on the Web, on prints, etc. has never been so easy but always requires a specially dedicated software to do so. Corel, the well known and famous Canadian graphic software maker, has recently released a new affordable -all public- photo touching up tool simply named Corel Custom Photo that enables anyone to enjoy the benefits of its digital camera or scanner. As this is Corel software you’re sure to have a high quality software that will fit all your needs and even more as we’ll see in this review.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-067)- Patch Available for "Windows 2000 Telnet Client NTLM Authentication" Vulnerability
    Time: 04:29 EST/09:29 GMT | News Source: Microsoft TechNet Security | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in the telnet client that ships with Microsoft(r) Windows 2000. The vulnerability could, under certain circumstances, allow a malicious user to obtain cryptographically protected logon credentials from another user.

    Windows 2000 includes a telnet client capable of using NTLM authentication when connecting to a remote NTLM enabled telnet server. A vulnerability exists because the client will, by default, perform NTLM authentication when connecting to the remote telnet server. This could allow a malicious user to obtain another user's NTLM authentication credentials without the user's knowledge.

    Patch Availability Microsoft Windows 2000:: http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/Release.asp?ReleaseID=24319

    Note: This patch may be applied to both Windows 2000 (pre SP1) and Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 systems.

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  • Windows Me release spells 98's demise
    Time: 02:26 EST/07:26 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Alex Harris

    In the not-too-distant future, Microsoft is likely to issue a press release stating that Windows Me is one of the fastest-selling programs of all time. And there's a good reason for that: Windows 98 already is effectively toast.

    Although Microsoft will officially continue to sell Windows 98, the 2-year-old operating system is already in the grip of a quick death. Computer manufacturers have stopped bundling the older operating system on computers in favor of Windows Me, and history shows that this means retail sales of the software will dry up quickly.

    Windows Me will sell well, but partly because consumers won't be able to avoid it.

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  • New HP offerings sport Windows Me, larger hard drives
    Time: 02:26 EST/07:26 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Retail leader Hewlett-Packard has quietly upgraded its home PC line to add the new Windows Me operating system along with slightly faster processors and larger hard drives.

    The new models, which already are online and in stores, should replace their predecessors during the next two weeks, according to an HP representative. The new Pavilions range from about $600 to $2,000 and have only minor changes from the models they replace.

    HP, like IBM, has timed the refresh of its PC line to coincide with the launch of Windows Me, Microsoft's new consumer PC operating system. Gateway has been selling the new operating system in its computers for some time. Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP will also unfurl new notebooks next week.

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  • Windows Me Test (in German)
    Time: 02:23 EST/07:23 GMT | News Source: tecChannel | Posted By: Alex Harris

    tecChannel (a German site) has posted its test of Windows Me on its site. I would normally put a quote here, but since I do not know German I don't really know what to choose! Here is a link though to the test: http://www.tecchannel.de/betriebssysteme/386/index.html 

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  • Microsoft adjusts sign-on feature to patch Windows 2000
    Time: 02:20 EST/07:20 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft said it will release a software patch later today to fix a hole in its Windows 2000 operating system that could leak usernames and passwords to unauthorized individuals.

    The problem involves the Windows 2000 Telnet client, a program that lets someone connect a PC to a network server and execute commands on a second machine remotely.

    The security hole stems from Microsoft's convenient single sign-on feature that saves people the hassle of logging in for each Telnet session by automatically providing the required user ID and encrypted password.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2000

  Windows Me Released - New Drivers - Midtown Madness 2 Gold Shots  
  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 18:48 EST/23:48 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our AskAW Helpers have been busy answering your e-mail and we have just posted the most recent questions.

    If you have a question that you would like answered then just drop us an e-mail at: askaw@activewin.com.

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  • Prudential Preferred Realty Teams With Microsoft's HomeAdvisor Technologies and Homebid.com to Bring Cutting-Edge Tools To Pittsburgh Real Estate
    Time: 15:13 EST/20:13 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Prudential Preferred Realty today announced that it has joined with Microsoft and Homebid to bring new Internet services to the Greater Pittsburgh residential real estate market. Prudential Preferred Realty is implementing HomeAdvisor Technologies Inc.'s Realty Desktop™, the first completely Web-based customer management and transaction service for real estate professionals, as well as Homebid.com's platform for online offer management throughout the realty's 22 offices in Greater Pittsburgh. With today's announcement, Prudential Preferred joins a core group of pilot partners by becoming the first broker in Pennsylvania to adopt either Realty Desktop or Homebid's Offer Manager™ platform.

    Realty Desktop improves communication between agents, home buyers and sellers with an Internet road map to the entire process from scheduling an open house and creating marketing fliers to closing and beyond. Realty Desktop fosters deeper, more profitable customer relationships by helping brokers provide additional services, such as landscaping, security systems and interior design. Through Realty Desktop, many of the Prudential Preferred agents' tasks will be automated and Web-based, such as tracking customer leads and forwarding e-mail automatically to any Internet-enabled pager or cell phone.

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  • Skeeter Revealed
    Time: 15:10 EST/20:10 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Webcast | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For those who doubted us a while back, the long suffering beta testers of Windows Me were finally able to find out who the "mysterious" Skeeter was who ran the Windows Me beta test. She was revealed as Amanda McClellan as mentioned here over a year ago.

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  • Do you have MS Windows Me Problems/Bugs Already? - AskAW!
    Time: 12:27 EST/17:27 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Robert Stein

    Do you have Microsoft Windows Millennium Problems already? Never fear, AskAW is here. Here is how this works. If you have a bug, or problem that you cannot answer (anything about Windows software, hardware) just send your question to askaw@activewin.com and one of our expert, volunteer techs will answer your question within a few days and it is free of charge. No catch. It's that simple, free technical support. To take a look at some of the questions our techs recently answered or for more information visit our AskAW Website. If you are interested in joining the AskAW tech team, e-mail matt@activewin.com for details! Good Luck!

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  • ActiveWin: Microsoft Windows Millennium Hardware Compatibility List - Updated
    Time: 11:55 EST/16:55 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted Microsoft's update of their Hardware Compatibility List for Win Me. This list contains all the hardware that is compatible to run under the new Operating System. This list is essential for developers and novices alike!

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  • New Microsoft Windows Me Website Launched
    Time: 11:35 EST/16:35 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Robert Stein

    Microsoft has launched their newly updated Microsoft Windows Millennium Website early this morning. The new user-friendly website includes more tips on upgrading, tons of product feature information, helpful links for technical support, updates and more. Check it out!

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  • Windows Me: Windows 98 all over again?
    Time: 11:11 EST/16:11 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Windows Me officially launches today, bringing with it a distinct sense of déjà vu. The new operating system, which went on sale quietly last month, will easily become a dominant fixture in home computing. But although the new OS will tout improved video playback and other features, analysts say consumers shouldn't expect any eye-popping changes.

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  • Reports of Windows Me bugs already rolling in
    Time: 11:10 EST/16:10 GMT | News Source: News.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The first reports of Windows Me bugs are rolling in on the eve of the official launch of Microsoft's new operating system for home PC users. A bug hunter named Andrew Griffiths has announced he has discovered a vulnerability that allows attackers to crash or reboot a Windows Me computer running a TV software package by sending the computer a certain type of data over the Internet.

    Although Microsoft has been investigating this potential problem since it learned of it a month ago, the company declined to confirm whether it's actually a vulnerability. "At this point we are still investigating it to determine if this is indeed a security vulnerability and what is the appropriate action," a Microsoft spokeswoman said today. However, Security Focus analyst Ben Greenbaum said today that others have been able to verify the vulnerability.

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  • Midtown Madness 2 Gold Screenshots
    Time: 09:38 EST/14:38 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has sent along a gold copy of their recently RTM'ed game Midtown Madness to us today so we have installed it in preparation for the upcoming review later in the month. We have posted up well over 20 screenshots from the gold version for you to browse through.

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  • Windows Me Upgrades Online
    Time: 07:06 EST/12:06 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For anyone who doesn't know. After installing Windows Me you should load up Windows Media Player 7 and then run the HELP | CHECK FOR PLAYER UPGRADES. The reason for this is that a new version was released after Windows Me went gold.

    Finally a new version of Internet Explorer 5.5 can also be installed over the version included with the retail release of Windows Me, that can be downloaded from the Internet Explorer site on Microsoft.com http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie

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  • Windows Me Availability
    Time: 06:28 EST/11:28 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For those of you who don't already know, Windows Me has been available in Europe for nearly 12 hours (stores opened at 12am in various countries as ridiculous as that is). The public Windows Me newsgroups are now up on news://msnews.microsoft.com so make sure you check them out before and after buying the new operating system.

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  • Time to join the Me generation? Methinks one may want to ponder the alternatives
    Time: 06:25 EST/11:25 GMT | News Source: USA Today | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As far as I'm concerned, no news is good news when it comes to a ubiquitous operating system such as Microsoft Windows. If the software behaves properly, great; there's no need to think about it. Only when the program turns naughty do the expletives fly -- ''that bleeping Windows shattered my computer.''

    Regrettably, the bleeped words aren't likely to disappear when the latest face-lift for Windows' consumer version appears on store shelves Thursday. Indeed, I uttered my share of obscenities while first trying to install the program earlier this summer. (Read my July 5 column online for the gory details.)

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  • Windows Me: Microsoft Releases New Operating System Built From the Ground Up for Home PC Users
    Time: 06:15 EST/11:15 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Simple. Intuitive. Easy to use. Words that people use to describe their experiences with Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me, Microsoft’s new operating system for home users, defy the notion that computer proficiency requires a high degree of technical expertise.

    "Windows Me is definitely easy for people who aren’t computer experts," says Chris Wilken, 21, an accounting and information systems major at DePaul University in Chicago. "It makes computing fun and less intimidating. Windows Me is definitely user-friendly."

    In San Francisco, Brandon Seltenrich has spent the past eight months beta testing Windows Me. "I’m impressed," says Seltenrich, 27. "It’s by far the most robust and reliable consumer operating system from Microsoft."

    And for Peter Dale of Ionia, Mich., the feature that won his heart is System Restore, which allows users who encounter a problem to return to a point where their system was working properly. "It’s like an insurance policy," says Dale, who is currently using Windows Me to host a game of Unreal Tournament with 12 to14 participants from around the globe. "If my five-year-old daughter clicks on some of the wrong icons, I’ve got a restore point to go back to."

    What has previously been available only to testers and manufacturers today becomes available for retail purchase worldwide. Microsoft will commemorate today’s release of its new operating system, Windows Me, by kicking off the Meet Me Tour at shopping malls in San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Events are scheduled to take place through November in 25 U.S. cities.

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  • Microsoft Announces Immediate Availability Of Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me)
    Time: 06:15 EST/11:15 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition (Windows Me), the new operating system for home PC users. Windows Me delivers exciting technology advancements in the areas of PC health, digital media, home networking and the online experience. It is available for retail as a full version as well as an upgrade for users of Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition. PC manufacturers are also offering the Windows Me operating system preinstalled on new consumer PCs.

    "Microsoft's investment in understanding both the needs of customers and the exciting technology trends taking place in home computing are the foundation for Windows Me," said Steve Ballmer, president and CEO of Microsoft. "Windows Me was designed specifically with the home user in mind, and customers will be very pleased with the digital media, home-networking, PC health and online experience enhancements."

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  • New Matrox Drivers Released
    Time: 05:53 EST/10:53 GMT | News Source: Matrox | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Matrox has released a whole bunch of new drivers for their G4** and G2** based graphics cards. These are for Windows Me/98 and Windows 2000. It is the first driver to support the newly released G450 card.

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  • Interview with Nicolas Coudière, Chief Product Manager: Microsoft Windows Millennium (Me)
    Time: 05:30 EST/10:30 GMT | News Source: Active Network| Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Windows Me InterviewWe have posted up our biggest interview yet. This time we have an indepth interview with Nicolas Coudière the Chief Product Manager on Microsoft's newly released Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). The interview delves into a number of questions some of you may have wanted answered before you decide on buying the new operating system.

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  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) -- Review
    Time: 05:30 EST/10:30 GMT | News Source: Active Network| Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have completed our in-depth review of the gold version of Microsoft's latest Windows release, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). The review features most of the new features a whole load of screenshots and a lot of information on whether it is worth buying come September. Here is a snippet from the review:

    The Millennium edition of Windows is aimed to help PC home users to enter into the next millennium with a big bang as Microsoft has focused its efforts to make Windows Me the user-friendliest, easy-to-use and multimedia-rich operating system of all the time. Windows Me has been developed and tested by Microsoft numerous months to ensure its reliability but does it have what it takes to make you want to pay out more money for a operating system that may well be too similar to Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE. Read on for our comprehensive review of this new operating system, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (WinMe).

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2000

  Windows Me Interview - AOE 2 Expansion Review  
  • Microsoft Acquires MongoMusic
    Time: 15:38 EST/20:38 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the acquisition of MongoMusic Inc., a leading innovator in digital music infrastructure noted for its strong collaborative approach with record labels and artists. This acquisition will be a significant addition to the MSN® network of Internet services' efforts to provide compelling digital media content and highlights Microsoft's growing leadership in digital music.

    "MongoMusic's expertise, technology and relationships will help further our goal of offering compelling digital music content through our existing sites such as MSN and WindowsMedia.com," said Jeff Camp, general manager for the Personal Service and Devices Group at Microsoft. "This move underscores Microsoft's commitment to providing consumers with constructive ways to get great music, while respecting the rights of artists."

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  • Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against Software Pirates in Missouri
    Time: 15:38 EST/20:38 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has filed software piracy lawsuits against three Missouri-based resellers for the alleged distribution of counterfeit and/or infringing Microsoft® software. These legal actions aim to protect consumers of Microsoft software from the negative ramifications of acquiring bogus software.

    Earlier this month, the software industry's anti-piracy watchdog group, the Business Software Alliance (BSA), announced a truce that would suspend it from taking legal actions against end users in St. Louis for software piracy. The truce, which ends Sept. 15, is designed to encourage consumers, including small businesses, to assess and ensure software compliance. As a BSA member company, Microsoft supports these efforts and is also committed to ensuring the legal distribution of its software through education efforts and, as necessary, anti-piracy legal actions. This involves ensuring that consumers can have confidence in the suppliers from whom they acquire their software, because consumers rely on an honest distribution channel to deliver legitimate software.

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  • Interview with Nicolas Coudière, Chief Product Manager: Microsoft Windows Millennium (Me)
    Time: 06:34 EST/11:34 GMT | News Source: Active Network| Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Windows Me InterviewWe have posted up our biggest interview yet. This time we have an indepth interview with Nicolas Coudière the Chief Product Manager on Microsoft's newly released Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). The interview delves into a number of questions some of you may have wanted answered before you decide on buying the new operating system.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Microsoft Age of Empires II The Conquerors Expansion - Review
    Time: 06:34 EST/11:34 GMT | News Source: Active Network| Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review on the new official add-on for Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion. Here a snippet of the review:

    Microsoft has just released the new, official and unique add on to Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion pack. This new game is the first to be published title of the new Christmas Microsoft games collection. Every gamer around the world knows the fabulous Age of Empires series and this new expansion pack will surely delight Age of Empires fans. As usual with expansion packs Age Of Empires II: Conquerors isn’t a major upgrade of the game but it brings several enhancements along with new challenges and civilizations we’ll review in detail.

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  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) -- Review
    Time: 06:34 EST/11:34 GMT | News Source: Active Network| Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have completed our in-depth review of the gold version of Microsoft's latest Windows release, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). The review features most of the new features a whole load of screenshots and a lot of information on whether it is worth buying come September. Here is a snippet from the review:

    The Millennium edition of Windows is aimed to help PC home users to enter into the next millennium with a big bang as Microsoft has focused its efforts to make Windows Me the user-friendliest, easy-to-use and multimedia-rich operating system of all the time. Windows Me has been developed and tested by Microsoft numerous months to ensure its reliability but does it have what it takes to make you want to pay out more money for a operating system that may well be too similar to Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE. Read on for our comprehensive review of this new operating system, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (WinMe).

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2000

  25th Anniversary - C#  
  • Gates: English the Language on Net
    Time: 19:01 EST/00:41 GMT | News Source: Press Release| Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    English will remain the language of the World Wide Web despite skyrocketing Internet use in Asia, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday.

    Gates was commenting on a consultants' report forecasting that China will have the world's largest online population within 10 years. He said the limits of conventional computer keyboards will confine the growth of Asian languages on the Internet until voice recognition interfaces are better developed.

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  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) -- Review
    Time: 18:42 EST/23:42 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We have completed our in-depth review of the gold version of Microsoft's latest Windows release, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). The review features most of the new features a whole load of screenshots and a lot of information on whether it is worth buying come September. Here is a snippet from the review:

    The Millennium edition of Windows is aimed to help PC home users to enter into the next millennium with a big bang as Microsoft has focused its efforts to make Windows Me the user-friendliest, easy-to-use and multimedia-rich operating system of all the time. Windows Me has been developed and tested by Microsoft numerous months to ensure its reliability but does it have what it takes to make you want to pay out more money for a operating system that may well be too similar to Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE. Read on for our comprehensive review of this new operating system, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (WinMe).

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  • Ballmer says .NET is the future of Microsoft
    Time: 18:38 EST/23:38 GMT | News Source: InfoWorld | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer sounded enthusiastic Tuesday as he promoted his company's .NET initiative, designed to turn the vendor's software into services delivered via the Internet.

    He said the .NET project, first made public in June, will have a full user interface by 2002 or 2003. "The goal absolutely is to get as quickly as we can to a Windows .NET," he said.

    Ballmer addressed the European IT Forum 2000 here in Monaco via a satellite link -- albeit one plagued with glitches and a missing video portion. "I am slightly horrified, being in the technology business, that we can't seem to get a satellite connection between Seattle and Monaco," he quipped.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: MediaFour/WSKA MacDrive 2000 - Review
    Time: 13:08 EST/18:08 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review of MacDrive 2000 a small software that allows reading Mac disks on PC computers. Here is a snippet of the review:

    The European shareware editor WSKA, sent us a copy of MacDrive 2000 for review. Every Mac user knows that sharing files with a PC on floppies, ZIP, JAZ, CD-Rom or every other media is a real headache that can be quickly a nightmare worthy of a Stephen King novel. Indeed if you insert a Mac floppy on your Windows computer you’ll receive an awful error message saying the floppy isn’t formatted and you’ll be prompted to format it. These compatibility problems are due to the difference in the file architecture of PC and Mac systems. The aim of MacDrive 2000 is to allow file sharing between PCs and Macs by providing a real simple solution.

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  • Official: Microsoft's C## is Cool
    Time: 09:35 EST/14:35 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    When Microsoft rolled out its new programming language, C#, in June, a team of spin-paramedics was on hand to point out that no way, never ever was this anything to do with Microsoft's allegedly mythological "Project Cool". However, we spotted in the documentation for C## an extended attribute created by language spec co-author Scott Wiltamuth that read 'Owner=scottwil Team=VC Feature=Cool'.

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  • One copy of Windows for 200 PCs?
    Time: 09:35 EST/14:35 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    No wonder Microsoft is keen to do something about UK schools ripping them off, if the experience of one Register reader is typical of what goes on. The software giant is sending a guide to software theft to every head teacher in a bid to educate them on the issues involved.

    A survey, carried out for Microsoft by the British Educational Suppliers Association, last week revealed that some 40 per cent of state schools in Birmingham are breaking the law by allowing teachers and pupils to copy software illegally.

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  • Microsoft Expands Nonprofit Access to Technology With $25 Million 25th Anniversary Gift
    Time: 09:33 EST/14:33 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Microsoft Corp., president and CEO Steve Ballmer will today announce a $25 million commitment of cash and software to fund the Microsoft & NPower National Partnership. The partnership is a national rollout of NPower, a nonprofit-focused technology assistance organization. This national program will assist nonprofits in making more effective use of technology in their work with people and communities. Ballmer will also announce a list of several cities under consideration for new NPower programs, including New York and Dallas. He will also invite the technology industry and business community to support NPower's efforts through grants and volunteerism.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2000

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  • ActiveDVD Reviewers
    Time: 20:00 EST/01:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    ActiveDVD is currently seeking individuals to provide DVD Reviews for our ActiveDVD Section. This could be a favorite movie, a new release, or anything currently out on DVD.  So if you have a view on a movie and would like to contribute to our web site then ActiveDVD is looking for you.

    For more information please contact matt@activewin.com.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-066)- Patch Available for "Malformed RPC Packet" Vulnerability
    Time: 19:51 EST/00:51 GMT | News Source: Microsoft TechNet Security | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Windows 2000. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to cause a Denial of Service on a Windows 2000 computer.

    A remote denial of service vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. The denial of service can occur when a malicious client sends a particular malformed RPC (Remote Procedure Call) packet to the server, causing the RPC service to fail. Windows 2000 servers that are directly exposed to the Internet are at greatest risk from this vulnerability. A server behind a firewall that blocks ports 135-139 and 445 will not be affected by this vulnerability from the Internet. RPC services and the functioning of the server could be restored after an attack by rebooting the affected computer.

    Patch Availability Microsoft Windows 2000:: http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/Release.asp?ReleaseID=24229

    Note: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 is not affected by this vulnerability. This patch will also be included in the next Service Pack for Windows 2000 -- it can be applied to a computer with or without Service Pack 1.

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  • Microsoft urges patience, growth to return
    Time: 18:32 EST/23:32 GMT | News Source: InfoWorld | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Don't be so quick to sell off your technology stocks -- growth may have paused but the industry is on the verge of a revolution, and will soon see the return of 30 percent sales growth, according to an up-and-coming Microsoft Corp. executive.

    "Last April was pretty tough time for every one, but if you play for the long term, you will be more than OK," Orlando Ayala, Microsoft's group vice president for sales, marketing and services, told Reuters in an interview last Thursday.

    Microsoft's shares, which for a decade proved wildly popular among technology investors hungry for its consistent 30 percent-plus growth, have slid in recent months as the growth rate has stalled at around 15 percent year-over-year.

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  • Interview with Rod Fergusson, Program Manager, Microsoft Train Simulator
    Time: 10:26 EST/15:26 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have posted up our interview with Rod Fergusson the Program Manager on Microsoft's upcoming (well next year's) Microsoft Train Simulator. We have more interviews on the way in the next week or so with various people at Microsoft.

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  • ActiveWin.Com: Trend Micro PC-cillin 2000 - Review
    Time: 08:50 EST/13:50 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    I've just posted my review on PC-cillin 2000 an antivirus software from Trend Micro. Here is a snippet of the review:

    In the antivirus domain there are several software products that claim to be able to protect but only a few are really good programs that are often updated. As everyone knows viruses are a major threat for every computer, from the home to complex corporate networks. Trend Micro Incorporated has recently unleashed a new version of its well-known ‘PC-cillin’ Antivirus program. This review will present you the new features of the software as well as the results of the Virus tests we have ran with it.

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  • UPC passes on Microsoft TV
    Time: 08:44 EST/13:44 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Julien

    Europe's largest cable TV operator UPC said on Saturday it would use digital TV software from Liberate Technologies, after software from its eight percent shareholder Microsoft was delayed. United Pan-Europe Communications NV (Nasdaq: UPCOY) will begin installing software from California-based Liberate (Nasdaq: LBRT) on digital TV set-top boxes on its Vienna network, which has 480,000 customers. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), the world's largest software company, played down the decision by UPC to award the deal to a competitor, saying it never bid for the contract. UPC had previously said it would turn to other software providers after delays in the delivery of Microsoft software forced the cable operator to postpone the planned September launch of its digital services in Amsterdam. Full Story.

     

  • The geek who saved Microsoft's bacon
    Time: 08:43 EST/13:43 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    In the hubbub accompanying Microsoft's 25th anniversary, the spotlight naturally focused on the remarkable collaboration between Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. To be sure, the accomplishment of this duo in building the industry's most successful software company certainly merits special consideration in any retrospective.

    Yet, the public's infatuation with the folk-celebrity status of the two college chums-turned-billionaires overlooks the real hero of the Microsoft story: a rail-thin, bearded former executive named Brad Silverberg whose prodigious labors made Microsoft what it is today.

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  • Crimson Skies Gold
    Time: 07:10 EST/12:10 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Games upcoming flight simulator come shoot-em-up has hit the gold mark and should be in stores sometime next month a little after Midtown Madness 2 hits the stores. You can read up on the game at http://www.microsoft.com/games/crimsonskies

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  • MSN Teams With RadioWave.com to Provide First Online Chat Service With Streaming Music
    Time: 06:47 EST/11:47 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The MSN® network of Internet services today became the first online chat service to integrate live streaming music into a single experience for consumers. The new MSN Chat Radio service is provided through an alliance with RadioWave.com™, the leading interactive audio entertainment company. MSN Chat Radio transforms the chat experience by creating a unique environment with interactive audio, where people anywhere in the world can not only chat with friends but also listen to their favorite music on MSN, the Web's No. 1 destination worldwide. MSN and RadioWave.com will allow music to heighten the shared experience of chat rooms and also become a subject of the online community's discussion.

    To launch the first-ever audio-enabled chat, Sylvester Stallone today will headline the star-studded Premiere Week lineup, which includes Matchbox 20, Mandy Moore, LL Cool J, Dido, Cypress Hill and Everlast, on MSN Chat Radio. MSN Chat Radio users will be able to chat online with the celebrities, while listening to their responses streamed live in the chat room. A complete list of MSN Chat Radio's Premiere Week celebrities is available at http://chat.msn.com/msnlive/default.asp.

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  • Next Step in Ericsson and Microsoft Alliance: Launch of Ericsson Microsoft Mobile Venture AB
    Time: 06:47 EST/11:47 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Ericsson and Microsoft Corp. today launched Ericsson Microsoft Mobile Venture AB. This previously announced joint company will drive the mobile Internet by developing and marketing mobile e-mail solutions for operators. The first solutions are expected to be on the market by the end of the year. The company is part of a broader strategic alliance between Ericsson and Microsoft.

    Preparations for the joint company have been ongoing for the past months. A management team is now in place, recruitment has begun and operations are running. In addition, the European Union Commission has reported that the formation of the joint company will not be subject to EUC merger review filing, which means that the legal entity can be formed.

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  • Millennium OS upgrade not worth the risk
    Time: 06:44 EST/11:44 GMT | News Source: Mercury Center | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Upgrading the operating system of a Windows personal computer is somewhat like ripping a house off its foundation and moving the structure to a new one that is almost -- but not quite -- the same size. The relocated house sits uneasily on this new foundation. You can still live there, but you never know when a wrong step will drop you through the floorboards.

    Windows Millennium Edition (www.microsoft.com/windowsme), the latest Microsoft Corp. operating system (OS) for consumers that launches Thursday, doesn't offer enough added features to justify the risk of remodeling your PC -- at least not yet. Known by the cloying abbreviation Windows Me, the new software is described as ``incremental'' rather than ``revolutionary'' by Microsoft representatives.

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  • The Week Ahead
    Time: 06:39 EST/11:39 GMT | News Source: ActiveNetwork | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    It looks like this week will become one of our busiest yet here at Activewin. This week sees the release of the long awaited new version of Windows 9* - Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me) on Thursday 14th. We will be posting various interviews with the people behind the operating system as well as keeping you up to date on new driver releases that are expected to be launched just after the operating system hits store shelves.

    Next month will also see the first revamp of the website for a long time. This is because our news engine will finally be coming online sometime mid-October after a long delay because of other work we were doing.

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