Microsoft Plus! 98 Scheduled to Be Available Worldwide on June 25

Microsoft Plus! 98 Scheduled to Be Available Worldwide on June 25

REDMOND, Wash., April 29, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft® Plus! 98, the ideal consumer companion to the Windows® 98 operating system, is scheduled to be available worldwide at the same time as Windows 98, on June 25, 1998. Plus! 98 extends the advanced functionality in Windows 98, the operating system that works better and plays better, by adding utilities, themes and games to let customers further manage, customize and enjoy their PC.

“Microsoft Plus! 98 is a natural choice for anyone looking to get the most out of their Windows 98-based PC,”
said Yusuf Mehdi, director of Windows marketing, personal business systems group at Microsoft.
“With a bevy of new Windows utilities and entertaining desktop themes, Microsoft Plus! 98 is the ideal companion to Windows 98.”

Plus! 98 provides utilities to further optimize the performance of users’ machines by extending the powerful self-maintenance features of Windows 98. Plus! 98 offers the following:

  • McAfee
    software, with six months of free updates*, is integrated with the Windows 98 Maintenance Wizard to make scanning for viruses trouble-free.

  • File Cleaner, licensed from CyberMedia Inc., adds to the Windows 98 Disk Cleanup feature to further optimize hard-drive space by offering suggestions for files that can be deleted.

  • Start Menu Cleaner, added to the Maintenance Wizard, cleans up the Start menu by removing broken or nonexistent links and empty folders.

  • Compressed Folders is an archive tool that lets users save disk space by simply dragging and dropping files. Compressed folders look and act just like regular folders in Windows, but offer up to 90 percent compression.

Plus! 98 also offers the following features to make the Windows experience even more fun and entertaining:

  • New Themes help customize the PC’s wallpaper, screen savers, cursors and sounds. These include such popular cartoon themes as Cathy, Doonesbury, FoxTrot, Garfield and Peanuts as well as Corbis® Photography, Architecture, Cityscape, Geometry, Fashion, Science Fiction, Jazz, Photodisc, Rock-n-Roll, World Traveler, Falling Leaves, Windows 98 and Universal’s Horror Channel. In addition, Direct3D® API-accelerated Organic Art screen savers provide users with dynamic and exciting computer art.

  • Deluxe CD player, plays music CDs, automatically downloads the CD’s title, artist and song names from the Internet and makes finding information about music, artists and genres easy through the linked Web sites Billboard Online, Music and

  • Picture It!
    Express , a basic version of Microsoft PictureIt! personal imaging software, lets users edit and store their favorite images, soften edges, adjust contrast and even get rid of
    “red eye”
    from photographs.

  • Popular games include Microsoft Golf 1998 Lite, the intense Spider Solitaire and the fast-paced Lose Your Marbles
    by SegaSoft Networks Inc.

Estimated retail pricing for PLUS! 98 is $44.95 (U.S.). For more information on Windows 98 and Plus! 98, visit .

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.

*For a period of one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of installation of Microsoft Plus! 98, you are entitled to download free Network Associates product revisions, upgrades or updates, excluding any online service charges. After the specified time period, you have no further rights to receive any revisions, upgrades or updates without the purchase of a new license for the Network Associates product. Use of this feature requires Internet access. Access to and use of the Internet require payment of a separate fee to an internet service provider.

Microsoft, Windows, Direct 3D and Picture It! are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

McAfee and VirusScan are registered trademarks of Network Associates Inc.

Corbis is a registered trademark of Corbis Corp.

Lose Your Marbles is a trademark of SegaSoft Networks Inc.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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