Microsoft Ranks as Web’s Fastest-Growing Travel Service

Microsoft Ranks as Web’s Fastest-Growing Travel Service

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 12, 1998 — Microsoft® Expedia
.com online travel service was the fastest-growing travel site on the World Wide Web in 1997, as reported by Media Metrix, The PC Meter Company.

“According to our review, showed the most actual growth in visitor traffic of any travel Web site between December 1996 and December 1997,” said Mary Ann Packo, president, Media Metrix, The PC Meter Company.

In related news, Microsoft reported that’s January 1998 sales climbed to $12 million, culminating a year of strong growth.

“This is exciting for It’s rewarding to experience such widespread market acceptance in our first year of business,” said Richard Barton, business unit manager for the travel business unit at Microsoft. “Customers are responding to the great fares and easy-to-use services that offers.”

Earlier this year, PC Magazine recognized in its 100 Best Sites of 1997 (Feb. 10, 1998), and Yahoo! Internet Life called the Coolest Site of the Year for 1997 (January 1998 issue), naming one of a dozen five-star sites for the year. Microsoft received many other accolades during 1997, including being selected as the No. 1 e-commerce site by PC Week.


Microsoft ( ) is the place to go on the Web to plan travel, purchase tickets and make air, car and hotel reservations. offers in-depth destination content and travel news as well as mapping, address finding and direction services. Since its inception in October 1996, has become one of the Web’s most successful electronic-commerce sites.

The Microsoft online travel planning service ( ) is part of the Microsoft Expedia family of travel and mapping products and services. These include the Microsoft Expedia Streets 98, Streets Deluxe 98 and Trip Planner 98 CD-ROMs ( ) and the Expedia Travel Network, a one-stop travel shopping mall offering vacation packages, cruises, resorts and travel merchandise from leading suppliers ( ).

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) 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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