Microsoft Presents Solutions for High-Quality, Compelling Print and Electronic Media at Seybold Seminars

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1, 1997 — At Seybold Seminars San Francisco today, Microsoft Corp. Chairman and CEO Bill Gates outlined new technologies and independent software vendor support to expand Microsoft’s offerings to the Internet publishing and print communities.

Gates announced that the Microsoft® Windows NT® Workstation operating system version 5.0 – now available in beta form to application developers – includes new color management, typography and printing technologies that deliver high quality and fidelity across a range of print and electronic media. In addition, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 – available Sept. 30 – includes new, standards-based technologies that enable designers to offer the richest, most compelling and personalized content possible for delivery over the Web.

Microsoft’s new technologies are being demonstrated here to thousands of attendees in seminar sessions and on the exposition floor by Microsoft and industry partners.

“Publishers have comprehensive needs for typography, color management and integration with Web technologies,” Gates said. “At this conference a year ago, Microsoft committed to making Windows the most complete platform for publishers. Technologies that we’re delivering today, along with the support of tool vendors for such technologies as Dynamic HTML and the eXtensible markup language (XML), enable publishers to offer the most compelling, innovative content for print and electronic media.”

Gates also announced that more than 100 independent software developers in the field now offer publishing solutions for the Windows NT Server network operating system and the BackOffice® family, including Cascade Systems Inc., Creo Products Inc., Folio Corp., LEXIS-NEXIS and Luminous Technology Corp.

Enhancements for Print and Electronic Media in Windows NT Workstation 5.0

Windows NT Workstation 5.0 is designed to meet the needs of Internet and print publishers through new features that include the following:

  • Color Management. Includes the Image Color Management 2 (ICM2) API in the operating system, enabling consistent and reliable color across applications, scanners, monitors and printers for both print and Internet media. This support is based on the LinoColorCMM engine licensed from LinoType CPS earlier this year.

  • Typography optimized for both screen and print delivery. Includes native support for fonts based on TrueType, PostScript and OpenType
    font technology.

  • Highest quality printing. Includes Adobe PostScript 3 driver support.

The new Windows NT Workstation also includes Multiple Monitor Support, “true” Plug and Play capability and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) support. As a result, the platform is receiving major support from top application developers, including Adobe, Macromedia Inc., Quark Inc. and many others.

“Synergistic development between Adobe and Microsoft helps ensure that customers choosing Windows as a publishing platform will have the professional publishing solutions they need,” said John Warnock, chairman and CEO of Adobe Systems. “With Adobe’s leading publishing applications selling on the Windows platform in record numbers, as well as native support for OpenType fonts and Adobe PostScript 3, Windows NT Workstation 5.0 will be a powerful integrated platform for the publishing community.”

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 Enables Interactive, Data-Driven Content

Microsoft today also strengthened its commitment to and support for the publishing community with the new Internet Explorer 4.0, whose standards-based features for Internet publishers include the following:

  • Support for eXtensible Markup Language (XML) to deliver rich, structured data to the client, based on work by the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) XML working group, co-founded by Microsoft.

  • Dynamic HTML to give Web designers full creative control by exposing every item on the page, based on the W3C’s document object model

  • Font embedding to place compressed OpenType outlines directly into HTML pages, maintaining all original font quality and helping to ensure font fidelity by the viewer or printer. This feature is consistent with the W3C’s Web Font working draft.

Microsoft, ArborText and The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition teamed up today to show the XML support available in Internet Explorer 4.0. In a keynote demonstration, actual data from The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, delivered using ArborText’s ADEPT Editor software, was shown on Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0.

“The combination of XML for structured data, along with Dynamic HTML and scripting for interactive presentation, makes Internet Explorer 4.0 an ideal platform to deliver rich information,” said Alan Karben, associate director of content development at The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition. “With Internet Explorer 4.0 today, we can express the unique value of The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition and increase customer satisfaction.”

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