Microsoft at Deadline, June 17, 1996

1. Microsoft Launches Dedicated Microsoft Office DeveloperWeb Page

2. Microsoft Acquires Electric Gravity Inc.

1. Microsoft Launches Dedicated Microsoft Office Developer Web Page

REDMOND, Wash., June 17, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. launched its new Microsoft® Office Developer Web Page within the popular support site on May 31, 1996. This no-charge, specialized content area is designed to provide developers working with Microsoft Office the key technical information they need to create custom applications using the advanced features of Microsoft Office.

Developers involved in designing custom solutions for personal or business applications will find a broad base of helpful information on topics such as integrated features used to automate tasks through advanced Microsoft Office tools, procedures for creating APIs with the Microsoft Visual Basic® programming system, data retrieval and integration from external sources, Microsoft Access built-in functions, and a rich array of productivity enhancement tips and tricks from Microsoft support engineers. In addition, the new Microsoft Office Developer Web page provides easy access to Microsoft Knowledge Base, a comprehensive collection of more than 70,000 technical articles, as well as access to Microsoft’s extensive software library.

Upcoming Microsoft Office Developer Web page enhancements include customer scenarios that will highlight how Microsoft Office can be used to create customized applications and a Microsoft Office Developer Resource Center that will offer the most requested tools and techniques for creating applications.

The Microsoft Office Developer Web page is located at Direct inquiries for technical assistance should not be submitted by means of this site. For more information on other Microsoft support options, please call (800) 936-3500.

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2. Microsoft Acquires Electric Gravity Inc.

REDMOND, Wash. – June 17, 1996 – Microsoft Corp. today announced the acquisition of Electric Gravity Inc., creator of the Internet Gaming Zone (IGZ), one of the most popular spots for playing games using the Internet. The Internet Gaming Zone features classic games such as bridge, chess, spades, checkers, Reversi, go and hearts, with log-ins currently registering at more than 30,000 each week and growing rapidly.

The Internet Game Zone was created by Electric Gravity co-founders Kevin Binkley and Hoon Im (Cupertino, Calif.) to maximize the fun and sense of community experienced by game players on the Internet. Microsoft shares this vision and is committed to both maintaining and enhancing the popular IGZ with additional features and games. Electric Gravity employees will relocate to Microsoft’s Redmond campus effective immediately.

Users can access the Internet Gaming Zone at

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