Third Major Testing Phase Begins for Microsoft Windows 98

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 15, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the next major testing phase of the Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating system, the update to
Windows 95. Beta 3 is now available to current technical beta testers worldwide, meeting Microsoft’s stated goal of releasing the beta in December 1997.

“We have integrated feedback from our customers, incorporating over 3,000 product enhancements since Windows 95,” said Jonathan Roberts, director, Windows marketing at Microsoft. “We are really excited to enter the next stage of testing Windows 98, with our No. 1 goal to deliver a high-quality product.”

Works Better, Plays Better

Windows 98 will be a major step toward transforming the PC into the center for information and entertainment in the home by enabling a new generation of computing. Key improvements have been made that will provide higher quality and reliability, an easier Internet experience, better entertainment with high-performance graphics and audio, and support for the latest hardware technologies.

Windows 98 also offers a smart upgrade for those businesses that can’t move to the Windows NT® Workstation operating system. Compared with Windows 95, Windows 98 will be easier to deploy, reduce support costs, and offer better performance and reliability.

Windows 98, the next version of Windows 95 designed to work better and play better, is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 1998.

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.

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