Curious About Windows 98?

Curious About Windows 98?

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 23, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the opportunity for consumers to see the latest in cutting-edge computer software from the company by offering the second in a series of free events open to the public.
“Microsoft Extreme” will include live product demonstrations and an audience question and answer period, showcasing the most advanced features of the Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating system and other Microsoft products. The live show will be satellite broadcast to 38 movie theaters in the United States and Canada on Saturday, April 4. Registration for this free event is required. To register, call
(800) 550-4300 or log onto the Microsoft Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/insider/ .

“Interest in Windows 98 is growing,”
said Steve Schiro, vice president of the end user customer unit at Microsoft.
“We think there are some very compelling reasons for consumers to upgrade, and this is a great opportunity for us to show people how and why.”

Attendees will see an in-depth, 45-minute demonstration of why Windows 98 works and plays better than Windows 95, its predecessor. Key areas of product improvements to be covered include new features and functionality for using the Internet, accessing entertainment features, and support for the latest hardware. Attendees will learn how applications on Windows 98 launch faster than on Windows 95, and how they can recover up to 28 percent of hard disk space without compression. Attendees will also learn how Windows 98 includes built-in support for the latest entertainment and hardware technologies such as DVD drives, the DirectX® 5.0 API, MMX, and universal serial bus (USB). Also, this interactive event will include a question and answer session during which some attendees’ questions about Windows 98 will be answered.

Other products scheduled to be demonstrated during the two-hour event include the Microsoft Outlook
™
98 messaging and collaboration client and the Money 98 personal finance application. Attendees also will receive a few sneak peeks at some future Microsoft technologies, including the Windows CE operating system and its use with the Palm PC, a shirt-pocketable PDA, and Auto PC, an information and entertainment system for the car.

“Microsoft Extreme”
will blend live product demonstrations, interviews with Microsoft employees and an audience question and answer period. CD-ROM demonstration software,
T-shirts (for the first 400 people at each of the 38 theaters), and popcorn and soda will be distributed free to all attendees.

The first such Microsoft event was held in November 1997 and was broadcast live via satellite to 24 movie theaters across the country. With the focus on Windows 98, the company expects larger attendance this month, and has expanded the number of locations participating to 38.

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.

Who: Microsoft Corp.

What: “Microsoft Extreme,”
a live product information event

When: Saturday, April 4, 1998, 10 a.m. PST

Locations:

Atlanta

Baton Rouge, La.

Beaverton, Ore.

Brea, Calif.

Citrus Heights, Calif.

Cleveland

Columbia, S.C.

Dallas

East Meadow, N.Y.

El Paso, Texas

Englewood, Colo.

Fairfax, Va.

Framingham, Mass.

Hooksett, N.H.

Houston

Indianapolis

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

New York

Novi, Mich.

Paramus, N.J.

Philadelphia

Pinellas Park, Fla.

Redmond, Wash.

Richmond, Va.

Roseville, Minn.

San Antonio

San Diego

San Jose, Calif.

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Shaumburg, Ill.

St. Louis

Syracuse, N.Y.

Toronto

Trumbull, Conn.

Tulsa, Okla.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Warwick, R.I.

Microsoft, Windows, DirectX and Outlook are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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