Microsoft Launches Mastering Web Site Fundamentals On Site Builder Network

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 4, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Mastering Web Site Fundamentals CD-ROM on the Microsoft® Site Builder Network Web site. Mastering Web Site Fundamentals is designed to help Web designers and developers master technologies and development techniques for the Internet. With the Mastering Web Site Fundamentals training CD, users will learn the skills they need to create Dynamic HTML pages for intranet and Internet sites using Microsoft tools such as the FrontPage® 98 Web site creation and management tool and technologies such as those in Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. Web designers can use this self-paced training tool to learn the latest in designing and developing dynamic Web sites.

Mastering Web Site Fundamentals joins Microsoft’s already extensive line of award- winning Mastering Series titles. These content-rich, self-paced interactive training tools are designed to help developers and designers quickly get up to speed on Microsoft development tools and technologies. Developers and Web site designers can preview Mastering Web Site Fundamentals and begin developing for the Web today by visiting the Site Builder Network at for a free online preview of the CD-ROM and a downloadable sample (connect-time charges may apply). Mastering Web Fundamentals will also be showcased at Fall Internet World ’97 in New York City at booth 303 Dec. 10-12.

Mastering Web Site Fundamentals

Mastering Web Site Fundamentals is the first training title to deliver training for Internet Explorer 4.0 and Microsoft FrontPage 98. It teaches developers and designers how to take advantage of the latest Internet technologies for creating Web sites by delivering more than 40 hours of training, including hands-on exercises, video demonstrations of products and technologies, and plenty of sample code that can be copied. Web site developers and designers will learn Internet and intranet concepts, how to create HTML documents that support ActiveX
Controls and Java applets, and how to use FrontPage 98 to publish documents to a Web server, all with a focus on building Web pages for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0.

FrontPage 98, the latest version of the world’s best-selling Web site creation and management tool, delivers a greatly expanded set of features to help users build and manage professional-quality Web sites easily. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 has achieved tremendous popularity and broad industry support since its release in October, with over 2 million downloads from the Microsoft Web site in the first week alone. Recent studies from Roper Starch Worldwide and Dataquest report that Internet Explorer’s share of use among Web surfers now tops 40 percent, and that Internet Explorer is the most popular browser in the home PC category.

“Mastering Web Site Fundamentals gives developers using Visual Studio
and designers working with FrontPage a way to leverage existing skills and create content-rich, data-driven Web sites,” said Michael Risse, group manager for Visual Studio, developer tools division at Microsoft. “It’s the best way for developers and designers to get up to speed quickly on what they need to know.”

About the Microsoft Mastering Series

All Mastering Series titles include a course of interactive lessons, narrated demonstrations, hands-on labs, sample code, a library of reference material to supplement courses and exercises, and a flexible browsing and searching system that allows developers to navigate directly to the information they need. For more information on the Microsoft Mastering Series, please visit .

Pricing and Availability

Mastering Web Site Fundamentals is scheduled to be available Dec. 8 for approximately $99.95 from local resellers or through Microsoft Authorized Technical Education Centers (ATECs). Site Builder Network members will be able to order the CD-ROM online at a special introductory price of $79 . The Site Builder Network is a membership program and online resource that supports Web site designers and developers, providing a wealth of free tools, techniques, news, information and a vibrant Web development community.

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