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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2000

 

AskAW Questions ; Age of Kings Update

 
  • Microsoft Age of Kings: Update 2.0a
    Time: 09:35 EST/14:35 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Julien

    For those of you who don't already know Microsoft has recently released an update for its best-seller game: Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. This new 2.0a Update many updates and fixes like:

    • The old AI Update.
    • Town Center changes.
    • Improved performance of single player campaign games.
    • Improved overall stability.
    • You can no longer use a fishing ship to build buildings other than a fish trap.
    • The cooperative farming bug has been fixed.
    • A number of computer player and scenario editor bugs have also been fixed.

    You can download multilingual updates by clicking here and selecting your language.

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  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 08:50 EST/13:50 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.

    We seem to be back on track and are just about a week or so behind from when you send in you requests.  Starting this week you will all receive a follow-up e-mail stating that a response has been posted.  We want to thank-you all for your patience.  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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  • ActiveWin Competition - LAST DAY
    Time: 08:45 EST/13:45 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A new silent revolution is hitting the streets right now: while actual PCs are now almost everywhere, power users start using various handheld PCs to help them stay organized & connected... Maybe some day these small new PCs will replace our cumbersome ones... Who knows?

    Want a free Windows CE computer to enter tomorrow's world right now? Dream to have it but can't afford it? Wanna be a precursor? If you can answer a simple question you may have a chance to win the NEC PC we are offering to our faithful readers.

    Today is the last day to get your entries in so don't put it off any longer

    Enter Here

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2000

 

Speech Recognition

 
  • Sound Blaster Live! Windows Me Compliant Drivers are Available!
    Time: 15:59 EST/20:59 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Creative Labs has just released Windows Me compliant drivers for the Sound Blaster Live! Value range of cards. Note that this drivers also work with Sound Blaster Live! and Sound Blaster Live! Platinum cards (we tested them). You can download this drivers by clicking here. Attention: if you have an SB-Live! card you'll be prompted to provide files that aren't in this Gateway dedicated release: you'll be able to get them in your windows\system folder.

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  • Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 2.0 Silent Update is available
    Time: 15:55 EST/20:55 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Microsoft has silently released an update for Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 2.0. Indeed the build number of PhotoDraw 2000 2.0 that comes with the new Office 2000 Premium SR1 kits is 2.0.0.1129 while the retail version of PhotoDraw 2000 2.0 still carries the build number 2.0.0.915 which is obviously more older. Unfortunately Microsoft didn't release yet a patch to update PhotoDraw 2000 2.0 so there's no way to get the latest build except buying Microsoft Office 2000 SR1 Premium. 

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  • Having troubles with Microsoft Windows Me, Intel and NVidia drivers?
    Time: 15:50 EST/20:50 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By: Julien

    Many Windows Me users with a NVidia 3D card mounted on a motherboard that uses Intel chipset and that runs the 6.xx drivers may encounter blue screens of death while starting or rebooting the computer. To address this issue download this small reg file right now and install it. Attention: it's for Intel chipsets users only.

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  • Microsoft Mobile Phone Software Design Review Brings Leading Mobile Handset Vendors, Operators and Systems Integrators Together
    Time: 09:17 EST/14:17 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Next week, Microsoft Corp. will hold its first Mobile Phone Software Design Review in London. At this NDA event, Microsoft seeks to detail its mobile phone products currently under development and to understand the specific requirements of handset vendors and mobile operators. Ben Waldman, vice president of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft, will deliver a keynote presentation to the more than 150 attendees -- including representatives from the top seven handset vendors -- and his comments will be made available by webcast on Monday, Oct. 2 (see times and details at the end of the release).

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  • Paul Allen to Take on New Role As Senior Strategy Adviser to Microsoft
    Time: 07:45 EST/12:45 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that Paul Allen is assuming a new role as senior strategy adviser to top Microsoft executives. The company also announced that Allen and Richard Hackborn have decided not to seek re-election to Microsoft's board of directors at the company's November shareholder meeting.

    "Paul and I have an amazing friendship that extends back over 30 years," said Bill Gates, chairman of the Microsoft board of directors. "He was instrumental in the creation of Microsoft, and he has played an important role in the success and direction of our company through the years. I will continue to value his friendship and counsel in the years ahead."

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  • Microsoft and Cambridge University Offer Speech Recognition Toolkit For Free via Web Download
    Time: 07:45 EST/12:45 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. and Cambridge University today announced the availability of the Hidden Markov Model Toolkit (HTK), software for building speech recognition systems. HTK, which was acquired by Microsoft in November 1999 as part of its acquisition of Entropic Inc., is now available free of charge to developers via the Web site of the university's engineering department at http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/ (connect time charges may apply).

    HTK was originally developed in the early 1990s by Steve Young and Phil Woodland at Cambridge University to provide a flexible software environment for research in speech processing, especially speech recognition. Entropic obtained the marketing rights to HTK in 1993 and full ownership in 1998. Following the acquisition of Entropic, Microsoft wanted to ensure that HTK was still accessible to the speech recognition research community.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2000

 

Security Bulletin - MS00-068

 
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 Reaches 10 Million Downloads In Six Weeks
    Time: 10:21 EST/15:21 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today released download statistics that show overwhelming consumer demand for Microsoft® Windows Media™ Player 7, the first all-in-one digital media player designed to appeal to mainstream computer users. More than 10 million copies of the player were downloaded in the first six weeks following its release. This rate of adoption shatters the adoption of such popular software as Internet Explorer 5 and services such as the Hotmail® Web-based e-mail service, which took four months and 18 months, respectively, to reach the same mark and has only been exceeded by MSN® Messenger Service, which reached the same number of downloads in 40 days. Microsoft previously announced that Windows Media Player 7 shattered download records for a jukebox launch with 3.4 million downloads in its first 10 days of availability.

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  • Microsoft and Industry Leaders Unleash Arsenal for the New Enterprise
    Time: 10:21 EST/15:21 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the Enterprise 2000 Launch, Microsoft Corp. President and CEO Steve Ballmer joined with leading enterprise partners and customers to outline a new generation of industry standard hardware, software and services to run today's most demanding enterprise applications. They also demonstrated solutions for emerging requirements that take enterprise computing beyond traditional internally focused systems to deliver deep integration with customers, industry partners and employees, any time and any place. The Microsoft® .NET Platform offers companies the agility to better respond to new market opportunities and enhance profitability in the digital economy.

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  • Microsoft and Commerce One Form Broad Global Alliance
    To Drive B2B E-Commerce Adoption

    Time: 10:20 EST/15:20 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. and Commerce One, a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions for businesses, today announced they are expanding and elevating their longstanding strategic relationship to collaborate on delivery of the industry's next generation of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions worldwide. Commerce One and Microsoft will align on a global go-to-market strategy to drive the growth of e-marketplace adoption, including the integration of key technologies, collaboration on XML standards, global marketing and sales initiatives, and joint development programs.

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  • Microsoft Windows Datacenter Program - All Systems Go
    Time: 10:19 EST/15:19 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the Microsoft Enterprise 2000 Launch, Steve Ballmer, president and CEO of Microsoft Corp., together with industry partners kicked off the availability of the Windows® Datacenter Program. The launch marks the delivery of Microsoft's and industry partners' joint commitment to provide customers with reliability, scalability and the best business investment for mission-critical computing environments. Industry partners announcing solutions today include Compaq Computer Corp., Unisys Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Computer Corp., IBM Corp., Stratus Computer Systems, Amdahl Corp., ICL, Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu-Siemens, Bull and Hitachi. Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, coupled with the Microsoft® .NET enterprise servers, represents a significant step toward the delivery of the .NET Platform.

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  • Microsoft Welcomes New Vice President to Mobility Group
    Time: 10:19 EST/15:19 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that Juha Christensen has joined the company as a vice president of sales and marketing in the Mobility Group, based out of London, England. Christensen, previously an executive vice president at Symbian Ltd., will report to Paul Gross, senior vice president for the Mobility Group, to help drive Microsoft's wireless sales and marketing efforts.

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  • Microsoft Announces Mobile Information Server, New Platform for Mobile Data Services
    Time: 10:18 EST/15:18 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the Microsoft Enterprise 2000 Launch event, Steve Ballmer, president and CEO of Microsoft Corp., announced a new addition to the Microsoft® .NET server family: the Microsoft Mobile Information 2001 Server. In addition, Juha Christensen joins Microsoft as the new vice president of sales and marketing in the Mobility Group. Previously code-named "Airstream," the Microsoft Mobile Information Server is a scalable and reliable mobile applications server that will provide enterprise customers and mobile network operators with a rich platform for delivering real-time mobile data services to any wireless device. Mobile Information Server will be in limited trials in the next 30 days and is expected to ship in the first half of 2001.

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  • Microsoft and Bosch to Bring the Internet to the Automobile With Windows CE for Automotive Software Platform
    Time: 10:17 EST/15:17 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic alliance with the Blaupunkt subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, a worldwide leader in advanced automotive electronics, to create a comprehensive family of powerful in-vehicle computing and communicating products, including navigation and telematics (wireless data delivery) devices. Based on the Microsoft® Windows® CE for Automotive software platform, these devices will combine Internet connectivity with traditional car navigation and route-planning functions, as well as entertainment systems for drivers and passengers.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-068) - Patch Available for "OCX Attachment" Vulnerability
    Time: 05:22 EST/10:22 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Product Security | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Windows Media Player (WMP) 7 but primarily affects e-mail applications. The net effect of the vulnerability is that it could enable a malicious user to create an e-mail that, when closed after being read, could cause the e-mail application to fail.

    OCX controls are containers that can hold multiple ActiveX controls. A particular OCX control, associated with Windows Media Player, could be used in a denial of service attack against RTF-enabled e-mail clients such as Outlook and Outlook Express. If the affected control were programmatically embedded into an RTF mail and then sent to another user, the user's mail client would fail when he closed the mail. The vulnerability would not cause any lasting effects. The user could resume normal operation by restarting the mail client and deleting the affected mail.

    Affected Software Versions: Microsoft Windows Media Player 7

    Patch Availability: Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 - http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/Release.asp?ReleaseID=24421

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2000

 

Stuff

 
  • Supreme Court sends Microsoft case to lower court
    Time: 11:50 EST/16:50 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) on Tuesday, agreeing with the giant software company that its appeal of antitrust violations should first be heard by a lower appellate court.

    Microsoft, appealing an order that it be broken up for violating antitrust law, had asked the Supreme Court to let the case be heard first by the sympathetic Court of Appeals. But the Justice Department argued for a speedy decision directly from the high court, which has never ruled on the case.

    Significantly, the appeals court that will hear the case ruled for Microsoft on a related matter in 1998. Among the Supreme Court's nine members only Justice Stephen Breyer dissented, saying the case ``significantly affects an important sector of the economy -- a sector characterised by rapid technological change. Speed may help create a legal certainty.''

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  • US political parties awash with Microsoft 'gifts'
    Time: 06:32 EST/11:32 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has dished out more than $16 million in political handouts over the last three years - and the software giant has upped such contributions since its legal wrangles with the US government. It is now ranked number five in the world as a soft-money contributor to political parties. The recipients of this cash include federal candidates, national conventions and the national parties, according to The Microsoft Playbook study.

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  • MS 'componentized' OS to be follow-up to Win2k Whistler?
    Time: 06:32 EST/11:32 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Signs that the goalposts are moving again were - appropriately enough - embedded in the spin surrounding Microsoft's push for CE and NT Embedded at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose today. The company came up with quite a lot of not very obviously interesting stuff designed to put some oomph back into the somewhat underperforming embedded and appliance division marketing spiel, but way, way down at the bottom there was a strange blurt about the operating system that comes after Whistler.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2000

 

AMD Windows 2000 Patch

 
  • ActiveWin.com: Interview with Lance Delano, Lead Product Manager: Microsoft Visio 2000 Professional
    Time: 15:46 EST/20:46 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have just posted our latest interview with Lance Delano, the Product Manager of Microsoft Visio 2000 Professional. In this Q&A, we discuss some of the different features, the dev time, his personal opinion on the development and more...Check it out!

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  • Microsoft Releases Windows CE 3.0 Add-On Pack
    Time: 15:33 EST/20:33 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the 11th annual Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), the world's largest exhibition of embedded products and services, Microsoft Corp. announced the release of the Microsoft® Windows® CE 3.0 Add-On Pack. The Add-On Pack adds new operating system components to the rich set of technology building blocks already available in the Windows CE 3.0 operating system. The Windows CE 3.0 Add-On Pack provides embedded developers not only with new networking and communication technologies, but also more advanced system analysis tools and new extensibility software development kits (SDKs), enabling quick and easy development of a wide range of rich 32-bit connected Windows Powered devices. In addition, the Windows CE 3.0 Add-On Pack includes support for XML, marking the first step toward enabling the Microsoft .NET Platform for devices.

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  • Microsoft Launches Comprehensive Programs Connecting Windows Embedded Partners, Customers and Developers
    Time: 15:33 EST/20:33 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the 11th annual Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), the world's largest exhibition of embedded products and services, Microsoft Corp. announced several new programs for Windows® Embedded partners, customers and developers. Designed to enable these key embedded players to work together to easily and quickly bring to market rich, 32-bit connected Windows Powered devices, these programs include the first Windows Embedded Partner Program, the Windows Embedded Online Customer Marketplace, and a dedicated MSDN® Web site: the Windows Embedded Developer Center. In addition, Microsoft announced the availability of a free* Windows Embedded Family Evaluation Kit featuring the Microsoft® Windows CE 3.0 and Windows NT® Embedded 4.0 operating systems, and the introduction of the first Windows Embedded Developer Conference series.

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  • New Microsoft services target devices, appliances
    Time: 08:55 EST/13:55 GMT | News Source: Reuters | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp.(NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) on Monday unveiled new services and products aimed at makers of hand-held computers and computerized appliances, saying it would help bring such devices in line with its sweeping new Internet strategy.

    The Redmond, Wash.-based company, known for its Windows computer operating system, also makes stripped down versions of the software to power devices such as personal organisers and industrial computers.

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  • Gartner Says Microsoft's New Reimaging Policy Could Produce up to $11 Billion in Revenue
    Time: 08:51 EST/13:51 GMT | News Source: Business Wire | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A new revenue opportunity of up to $11 billion this year alone has been discovered by Microsoft executives. The potential revenue would be gained by charging smaller and midsize businesses for the right to reimage their Windows desktops, according to Gartner Group, Inc. (NYSE:IT - news; NYSE:ITB - news).

    The fees apply to the approximately 100 million PCs deployed in smaller and midsize organizations worldwide. Microsoft's policy to treat reimaging as a ``pay-extra-privilege'' could command up to $11 billion from smaller to midsize Microsoft customers purchasing under Microsoft's ``Open'' purchasing program.

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  • Laborers-AGC Picks IntraLearn and Microsoft to Deliver Online Training for Construction Workers
    Time: 08:51 EST/13:51 GMT | News Source: Business Wire | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    IntraLearn Software Corporation, the leading supplier of configurable e-learning applications for the midsize enterprise, announced today, at the OnLine Learning 2000 conference and exposition, that the Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund will be using IntraLearn software running on the Microsoft Server platform to deliver online training to construction craft laborers. The Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund is a nonprofit labor-management trust fund and partnership between the Laborers' International Union of North America and The Associated General Contractors of America, with a combined membership of 800,000.

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  • Microsoft Windows®2000 Patch for AGP Applications on AMD Athlon™ and AMD Duron™ Processors
    Time: 06:29 EST/11:29 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Description of Issue

    An issue has been identified that could result in the corruption of video data shared between AGP graphics adapters and AMD Athlon™ or AMD Duron™ processors when running Microsoft Windows®2000. This issue is independent of system chipset and has been observed when running Ziff-Davis 3D Winbench™2000 and Mad Onion 3DMark™ 2000 in benchmarking mode.

    Solution

    AMD and Microsoft have worked together to identify a patch that involves adding a key to the registry. To add the key run the registry key installation file below or add the registry key as detailed in Microsoft KnowledgeBase article Q270715. AMD recommends that AMD Athlon and AMD Duron users with AGP graphics adapters running Windows 2000 install this patch.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2000

 

Weekend

 
  • ActiveDVD: Mission To Mars - Review
    Time: 08:29 EST/13:29 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Darren Bisbey has posted his review of the recently released DVD Mission To Mars. Here is a snippet from his review...

    Lets all be honest now, we all have a strange interest in that big red planet, maybe because it's the closest thing to a sister than our planet has or maybe because many of us as young teenagers sat listening to Jeff Waynes musical War of the worlds. I have to say I just like movies about our solar system and the vastness of space. 

    The film stars Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption, Jacob's Ladder) and Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump,Ransom) equally good actors but I get the feeling that these actors are not giving their all. I have to say it seemed a very light hearted effort, maybe I am not seeing the best out of these because of the overall effect the film gives.

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  • ActiveWin Competition
    Time: 08:26 EST/13:26 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A new silent revolution is hitting the streets right now: while actual PCs are now almost everywhere, power users start using various handheld PCs to help them stay organized & connected... Maybe some day these small new PCs will replace our cumbersome ones... Who knows?

    Want a free Windows CE computer to enter tomorrow's world right now? Dream to have it but can't afford it? Wanna be a precursor? If you can answer a simple question you may have a chance to win the NEC PC we are offering to our faithful readers.

    Enter Here

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  • AskAW Questions Updated
    Time: 08:24 EST/13:24 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.

    Due to the tremendous response to this ActiveWin Feature we have been a bit behind in getting these questions answered so please be patience as we are working as hard as we can to get these questions posted.  If you have a question that you would like answered then just drop us an e-mail at: askaw@activewin.com.  If you are interested in joining the AskAW tech team, e-mail matt@activewin.com for details!

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2000

 

WMP 7 - Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion Interview

 
  • ActiveWin.Com: Interview with Greg T. Street, Lead Designer of Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion
    Time: 09:41 EST/14:41 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By:
    Julien

    We've just posted our interview with Greg T. Street, the lead designer of Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion just released game. This interview will learn you how Microsoft & Ensemble Studios worked to enhance further their best seller game. Be sure to check it out!

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  • Microsoft Extends Line of Digital Imaging Software
    Time: 08:45 EST/13:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Julien

    Consumers can quickly and easily produce scrapbooks from family vacation photos, design party invitations and post personal Web pages with photos, special effects and customized clip art using the latest product from the award-winning line of Microsoft® Picture It!® products: Picture It! Publishing Platinum 2001. With Picture It!, the leader in the consumer digital imaging space, Microsoft Corp. has produced the only product line on the market today that integrates the leading photo-editing technology with award-winning home publishing software. In addition, the Picture It! line has been the overall U.S. retail leader in revenue and units since its launch in 1996 through July 2000, according to PC Data,* and has won dozens of awards for its ease of use and innovative tools.

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  • Iomega selects Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 as the default Windows Based PC JukeBox for the new HipZip Digital Audio Player
    Time: 08:36 EST/13:36 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Julien

    Iomega Corporation (NYSE "IOM"), a global leader in data management solutions, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MSFT") today announced that Iomega has selected Windows Media™ Player 7 as the default Windows®-based PC jukebox to be included with the new HipZip™ digital audio player, which launches today. Iomega selected the new all-in-one Windows Media Player 7 based on internal research showing that the Windows Media Player 7 exceeded customer usability and functionality expectations. Iomega also has selected the Microsoft® Windows Media Format as its default music format for the HipZip player because it offers consumers twice as much CD-quality music as MP3 on Iomega's PocketZip™ disk (old Click disks).


  • HipZip is one of the first digital audio players using Iomega's PocketZip portable media format (formally marketed under the Clik! trademark). The player's combination of PocketZip disks and the Windows Media Format breaks down cost barriers for digital-music fans, giving listeners an affordable way to build portable digital-music libraries. Combined with the high audio quality and built-in digital rights security of Windows Media, the low-cost PocketZip disks allow consumers to affordably collect, organize, transport and share digital music from top artists.

    Windows Media Player 7 will be included in the Iomega® HipZip box in November. HipZip customers can also download the latest player at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia/. Windows Media Player 7 is the only software that delivers a complete, all-in-one experience, including digital audio and video playback, a jukebox, an Internet radio tuner, an integrated media guide, audio CD creation and one-click transfer of digital music to portable devices. Windows Media Player 7 ends user confusion and the need to use several products to perform the most common digital media activities.

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  • New Creative Labs WebCam Go Drivers for Windows Me
    Time: 08:18 EST/13:18 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By:
    Julien

    Creative Labs has just released new drivers for their WebCam Go devices that work under Windows Millennium Edition. This new release includes support for Windows Me and allows  audio settings to be initialized. To download the drivers click here and to download the new controller software click here

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  • Crimson Skies Demo Today
    Time: 07:39 EST/12:39 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Microsoft today announced that the downloadable trial version for Crimson Skies, a new action/adventure game for the PC, will be available for download on Friday, September 22, at http://www.microsoft.com/games/crimsonskies/. On Friday, gamers will also be able to tune in for the latest Crimson Skies Action Theater episode, a serial radio drama that tells the story of the game's dashing air pirate, Nathan Zachary, and his cohorts, the Fortune Hunters. Crimson Skies combines the heart-pumping action of air combat with the swashbuckling feel of an Errol Flynn adventure movie.

    The Crimson Skies trial version features two single-player missions as well as a multiplayer Death Match in the skies over Hawaii. In the single-player missions, gamers can take part in aerial dog-fighting, battle treacherous air pirates, and join the hunt for buried treasure in the South Pacific. The Death Match option allows players to fly one of four tricked-out planes, with multiplayer matchmaking for up to eight air pirates available for free* on Zone.com (http://www.zone.com).

    Crimson Skies Action Theater is debuting a new radio drama every week through October 5. Gamers are encouraged to tune in to hear the latest high-flying adventure, as Nathan Zachary and fellow air pirates hunt for riches and glory. This week's episode is The Tesla Codex, Part Two. What mystery lies beneath the coded message Nathan has uncovered in the seedy pirate city of Skyhaven? Could The Fortune Hunters end up suffering the same fate as the famed missing scientist who is responsible for the letter?

    In Crimson Skies players fly fast and low in a game reminiscent of a classic Hollywood tale, where dastardly enemies menace, evil plots abound, and a bevy of femme fatales awaits. As the handsome and daring air pirate Nathan Zachary, players take to skies filled with treacherous privateers, tricked-out fighter planes and giant aircraft-carrier zeppelins. Amid an ever-changing political landscape, Zachary and his notorious band of air pirates, the Fortune Hunters, have become the free agents in a fight for control of the skies.

    The game transports players to an alternate-reality 1937. The United States has been struck by the crushing blows of the Great Depression, the Great War and Prohibition, resulting in mounting isolationism. The once-budding road and railway system has been destroyed, leaving the skies as the only means of transport and commerce. Militias in the North, South, East and West have formed rival independent nations in a fight for air supremacy. It is an era where swing may be king but pilots rule, a world where the guns are bigger, the planes faster and the adventures more daring -- the world of Crimson Skies.

    Crimson Skies is available in stores everywhere for an estimated retail price of $49.95. For more information on the game, go to the official Crimson Skies Web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/games/crimsonskies/

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  • New Windows Media Player 7 Build Released
    Time: 05:35 EST/10:35 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has sneakily released another new build of Windows Media Player up onto the MS download servers. This latest release fixes a few bugs and brings the build number up to 1956

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2000

 

X-Box

 
  • New ICQ 2000 Beta
    Time: 13:33 EST/18:33 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin | Posted By:
    Julien

    A new beta version of ICQ 2000 is available right now for download. This new release carries the build number 3264. You can download it by clicking here.

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  • NVIDIA Delivers Second Key Processor for Microsoft's Xbox
    Time: 10:45 EST/15:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA - news) announced today that it is supplying the Media Communications Processor (MCP) for the highly anticipated Xbox(TM) video game console under the Microsoft® label. The MCP performs the highly demanding multimedia processing for broadband connectivity, communications, and breakthrough audio capabilities of the Xbox, announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose on March 10th.

    ``The Xbox MCP, also called MCPX, is the first product in a new category of media and communication processors that will power the 21st century broadband digital appliances,'' said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. ``Our vision is to leverage the power of the MCP to transform platforms such as PCs, game consoles, and set-top boxes into `residential gateways'. The MCP will eventually become a `network router on a chip', and distribute broadband content throughout the networked digital home.''

    At the heart of the MCPX, is a pair of high performance multimedia DSPs, executing up to 4 billion operations per second. This is equivalent to the multimedia processing power of a high performance Pentium III. The processing power of MCPX will enable the Xbox to produce theatre quality 3D audio and super realistic 3D sound effects, while connecting to the broadband Internet for networked games. The MCPX is manufactured in advanced 0.15um 7 layer metal process and is the second NVIDIA processor to be featured in Xbox. The combination of NVIDIA's Xbox GPU and MCP will produce never-before-experienced 3D graphics, high definition video, audio, and broadband capabilities. The awesome technology inside Xbox will enable a major leap in videogame experience.

    ``21st Century Digital Appliances are going to feature a central processor, powerful graphics processor, and several digital signal processors, all running simultaneously, independently, and very fast,'' said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates the leading research firm tracking digital media technology. ``NVIDIA's MCP is the centerpiece in that kind of an arrangement and establishes a new level of functionality and performance.''

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  • Microsoft Launches bCentral Business Web Services
    Time: 08:57 EST/13:57 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Demonstrating its commitment to helping make everyday business processes easy for small business, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) today announced Business Web Services, the first of several integrated services that will be available this year on the Microsoft® bCentral(TM) small-business service ( http://www.bcentral.com/ ). Business Web Services takes the work out of creating a complete business Web presence -- including providing domain registration, business e-mail, site creation and hosting, e-commerce, and Web-based marketing services -- through a simple, integrated sign-up process and a low fee of $24.95 per month.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )

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  • Microsoft digs deeper in Asia with Japan alliance
    Time: 08:57 EST/13:57 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) dug deeper into one of its biggest growth markets on Thursday, announcing an alliance with Japan's dominant computer maker Fujitsu Ltd aimed at the business market. The deal, the second major Japanese alliance for Microsoft this year, calls for Fujitsu to set up a new centre for maintenance services and system integration mainly for business clients using Microsoft's Windows operating system.

    The U.S. software giant was expected to help market Fujitsu's software products globally, while Fujitsu would combine its hardware and software with Windows products for sales to Japan's corporate market.

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  • Microsoft's Windows Me seen boosting software sales
    Time: 08:57 EST/13:57 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp.'s (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) new Windows operating system sold a quarter million copies in its first four days of release and could breathe new life into consumer software sales as the holidays approach, market research firm PC Data said on Wednesday. Retail sales of Windows Millennium Edition, also called Windows Me, were on track to easily sail past the one million unit mark by the end of the year, PC Data said.

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  • The New X-Box Logo
    Time: 05:34 EST/10:34 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By:
    Byron Hinson

    Many of the world's top game developers and publishers today demonstrated the momentum that is building around the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s future-generation video game console, Xbox, by announcing their intent to create and publish games for the new games platform. More than 150 companies from around the world - including Activision Inc., Bandai Co. Ltd., Capcom Co. Ltd., Eidos Interactive Ltd., Hudson Soft Co. Ltd, Infogrames, Konami Corp., Midway Home Entertainment Inc., Namco Limited, Sierra Studios and THQ - pledged their support a full year ahead of the Xbox launch

    Microsoft celebrated the announcement in San Francisco by showcasing action-packed Xbox games already under development and unveiling a new, futuristic logo. The announcement took place hours before the start of the Tokyo Game Show, which begins Sept. 22 in Japan, where more Xbox publisher announcements are forthcoming.

    "The best game developers are flocking to Xbox earlier and in greater numbers than they have with any previous gaming system," said Robbie Bach, senior vice president of the Games Division and chief Xbox officer (CXO) at Microsoft. "This massive list of high-quality developers gives gamers an indication of the super-exciting games they can expect on Xbox. It also demonstrates the excitement within the gaming industry for Xbox."

    Today's announcement is the latest in a series of momentum-building events solidifying industry support for Xbox. Game companies are supporting the platform because its future-generation technology will allow them to realize their creative visions for games. Earlier this month, Microsoft unveiled the names of 18 development studios - including Lionhead Satellites and Stormfront Studios - that will create exclusive Xbox content under the Microsoft label.

    "If gamers think Xbox couldn't get any more exciting, they better hold on," Bach said. "We have several additional announcements in the works that will excite them even more. Gamers haven't seen anything yet."

    Along with announcing the supporting game companies, Microsoft today unveiled the Xbox logo. The three-dimensional logo was designed to exude three key messages: powerful technology, an exhilarating experience and fresh, inventive gameplay. When combined, these elements make for the ultimate gaming experience.

    "We wanted the logo to convey the newness and excitement of Xbox - to let gamers know they will enter a new world," said John O'Rourke, director of Xbox marketing at Microsoft. "One pack of skateboarders who recently saw the logo said they wanted to plaster it on their boards. That's what I call acceptance."

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2000

 

.NET - X-Box

 
  • AskAW Helpers Needed
    Time: 17:53 EST/22:53 GMT | News Source: Active Network | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Due to the huge amount of response we are currently looking for a few more volunteers to help us out with our AskAW questions.

    If you are interested in joining the AskAW tech team, e-mail matt@activewin.com for details!

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  • Tweak UI 1.33
    Time: 10:44 EST/15:44 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    With the Tweak UI 1.33 update, you can adjust your Windows User Interface, including menu speed, window animation, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The Microsoft® Windows® Shell Development Team has put together a set of productivity tools called PowerToys. If you're a Windows power-user, go ahead and try them out, but realize these are unsupported tools. Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys.

    System Requirements
    Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98 or Windows 95.

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  • Compaq and Microsoft Announce Windows Media As Default Digital Media Technology for iPAQ Personal Audio Players
    Time: 08:51 EST/13:51 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Compaq Computer Corp. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that Compaq has selected Microsoft® Windows Media™ Player 7 and Windows Media Format as the default digital media technology for its new iPAQ personal audio players, including the recently introduced PA-1. Compaq customers also will be able to enjoy a new customized Windows Media Player 7 on the Presario line of PCs, providing them with a seamless and easy-to-use end-to-end experience for digital music. For Compaq iPAQ customers, this built-in support for the Windows Media Format doubles the amount of music they can enjoy with their standard 64MB MMC card from one hour to more than two hours of digital-quality music, as compared to MP3. Today's announcement also underscores the broad acceptance of and support for Windows Media among the leading portable device manufacturers.

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  • X-Box Set To Get A New Name And Logo Today?
    Time: 08:45 EST/13:45 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    According to Advertising Age, Microsoft will announce a new name and logo for its upcoming videogame console, which has been code-named X-Box, sometime later today. The new name and logo, created at Cinco Design of Portland, Ore., will be disclosed at a launch event in San Francisco.

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  • Steve Ballmer Outlines Microsoft .NET in China
    Time: 08:17 EST/13:17 GMT | News Source: Microsoft Press Release | Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft President & CEO, Steve Ballmer, today outlined Microsoft .NET, in China, at a conference, attended by more than two thousand Chinese IT professionals and developers. Since the launch of .NET in June, this new strategy has been a hot topic for the whole industry in China. At the developer's conference, Steve Ballmer said, "Microsoft.Net is our vision for the next generation of the Internet, where computing will move beyond Web browsing to an advanced Internet platform and a new world of dynamic software services. This new strategy represents a tremendous opportunity for Microsoft, the worldwide development community and our industry partners to define and execute on the next technology revolution."

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