Microsoft Brings Home Top Honors From COMDEX/Fall 1997; Awards Run the Gamut of the Product Line

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 20, 1997 — As COMDEX/Fall comes to an end, Microsoft Corp. leaves with 13 awards for product excellence from leading industry publications.

Microsoft picked up honors across product and publication lines. In the Web browser software category, Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 won PC/Computing’s MVP Award for Web Browser and Add-ins. Office 97 also shined, collecting PC/Computing’s MVP Award and Home Office Computing’s Editors’ Picks Award for Best Office Suite. The FrontPage® 97 Web site and management tool and the PowerPoint® 97 presentation graphics program both took home honors with PC/Computing’s MVP awards and Home Office Computing’s Editors’ Picks awards. Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0, Picture It!
™personal imaging software, the Visual Basic® development system version 5.0 and Site Server Enterprise Edition were given MVP awards from PC/Computing. Word 4.21 for Macintosh and Publisher 97 both were chosen for Home Office Computing’s Editors’ Picks Awards.

Microsoft believes in the strength of its products and welcomes acknowledgement for the dedication that goes into its creations. A great deal of thought and sweat go into everything that comes out of Microsoft, and recognition for the product groups is celebrated.

Beyond the product wins, Microsoft was honored when two of its executives were among the first 15 inductees into Computer Reseller News Hall of Fame. Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates and Executive Vice President Steve Ballmer were chosen in recognition of their historic achievements as computer industry visionaries. Gates and Ballmer were inducted on Monday, Nov. 17, during COMDEX/Fall in Las Vegas.

At COMDEX, the following Microsoft products received awards:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0

PC/Computing: MVP Award, Web Browser and Add-ins

Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0

PC/Computing: MVP Award, Web Server Software

Microsoft Picture It!

PC/Computing: MVP Award, Personal Image Editors

Office 97

Professional Edition: PC/Computing: MVP Award, Business Application Suites

Home Office Computing: Editors’ Picks Award, Best Office Suite

FrontPage 97 with Bonus Pack

PC/Computing: MVP Award, Web Page Publishers

Home Office Computing: Editors’ Picks Awards, Best Web Authoring Tool

Visual Basic 5.0, Professional

PC/Computing: MVP Award, Application Development

Publisher 97

Home Office Computing: Editors’ Picks Award, Best Desktop Publishing Software

PowerPoint 97 presentation graphics program

PC/Computing: MVP Award, Presentation Graphics

Home Office Computing: Editors’ Picks Award, Best Presentation Software

Word 4.21 for Macintosh

Home Office Computing: Editors’ Picks Award, Best Word Processor (Macintosh)

Site Server Enterprise Edition

PC/Computing: MVP Award, Site Servers

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