Microsoft and USWeb Launch SiteCast Intranet Series

REDMOND, Wash., and SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. and USWeb Corp., one of the nation’s largest providers of Internet and intranet professional services, today announced the launch of a Web-based broadcast, the USWeb
Intranet Series. SiteCast is aimed at educating businesses about how to use Internet technology to meet their business objectives. The debut broadcast, co-sponsored by Microsoft, The Wall Street Journal and USWeb, brings together computer industry leaders to discuss how Internet technology can dramatically sharpen a company’s competitive edge and contribute to its bottom line.

Targeted at IS executives and business managers, the first live broadcast of the USWeb SiteCast Intranet Series is scheduled to air June 24 at 11 a.m. PDT on the Web at . In an interactive, real-time video environment built using Microsoft® NetShow® networked multimedia software version 2.0, Brad Chase – vice president of marketing, Internet client and collaboration division at Microsoft – and Sheldon Laube – chief technology officer at USWeb – will lead a discussion on intranet strategies, highlighting in-depth business case studies. A live question-and-answer video chat session with Chase and Laube will follow the formal presentation.

“Many organizations are beginning to see that intranets can offer a robust solution to automate business processes and foster collaboration,” Laube said. “Through the SiteCast Series, USWeb and Microsoft will highlight compelling, in-depth, real-world examples of how businesses use Internet technology to improve organizational efficiencies, streamline business processes, improve internal communication and increase overall collaboration.”

“SiteCast is an example of a leading-edge broadcast medium for the Web – a first for delivering production-quality video, chat and presentations simultaneously,” Chase said. “Using Microsoft Netshow 2.0, Microsoft and USWeb have developed a first-of-its-kind Web-based multimedia broadcast.”

NetShow 2.0 provides an easy and powerful way to stream multimedia content across the Internet and intranets. NetShow 2.0, built on open industry standards, allows developers and Web professionals to add production-scale audio and video broadcasts to any Web application or site. NetShow 2.0 beta software is available from the Microsoft Web site at . NetShow client software is scheduled to be included in the upcoming release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0.

Registration Information and Technology Requirements

USWeb SiteCast registration information is available via the Internet at or by calling (888) USWEB-411 (879-3241), ext. 700. To participate in the broadcast, users can download the necessary chat, NetShow and ActiveX
components when they register. A 56Kbps connection is recommended to access full video. Audio conference capabilities are available for 28.8Kbps connections and lower. For those who want to participate by phone, a toll-free number is available.

Company Background

USWeb is one of the largest professional service firms to provide a single source for Internet and intranet consulting services. USWeb offers end-to-end business solutions, including needs analysis, architecture planning, Internet and intranet Web consulting, design, development, access, hosting, site marketing and education services. USWeb is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. Go to or call (408) 987-3200 for company news and information.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, NetShow and ActiveX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

USWeb, SiteCast and the USWeb logo are trademarks of USWeb Corp.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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