Microsoft and Kingston Technology Team Up To Offer Enhanced Performance to Users of Windows 98

, June 24, 1998 — Kingston Technology Co. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the two companies are working together to create channel and retail programs to provide users of the Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating system with the opportunity to enhance their system with premier memory and processor upgrades from Kingston concurrent with the launch of Windows 98.

“The performance of a PC is largely determined by three factors: the operating system, the CPU and memory,”
said Gary MacDonald, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Kingston.
“When upgrading, it is important to look at all three of these components carefully. Windows 98 runs well on a system using 16 MB of memory; however, users who plan on taking full advantage of multiple hardware peripherals, multimedia software or high-end games will find that 32 MB or even 64 MB of memory will significantly enhance the overall Windows 98 experience.”

With support for new hardware and entertainment capabilities such as 3-D graphics, digital audio, multiple monitors, DVD and the WebTV® for Windows feature, Windows 98 offers a rich computing experience for gamers, hobbyists, artists and all other customers who want to maximize performance of their PC. Adding additional Kingston® memory enables Windows 98-based systems to run at peak performance, thus optimizing the computing experience.

“Windows 98 provides a springboard for customers who want to get the most from their computers,”
said Rob Bennett, group product manager, Windows platform, Microsoft Corp.
“Since memory is one of the most important components in achieving peak system performance, Microsoft is pleased to be working with Kingston to offer customers the best experience possible.”

Kingston is conducting special programs surrounding the launch of Windows 98 with retail and channel partners. Kingston’s memory configurator, available online at , is intended to provide users with vastly differing needs to choose the memory upgrade that is right for their individual requirements and the opportunity to purchase the appropriate enhancement via the Internet.

About Kingston

Kingston Technology is the world’s largest manufacturer of memory products for servers, workstations, desktops, portables and electronic devices and is one of the fastest growing contract manufacturers to DRAM manufacturers and PC OEMs. Over the past 10 years, Kingston has diversified its product lines to include processor upgrades, flash memory, networking hardware and storage products. With strictly regulated ISO 9001 facilities in the United States and ISO 9002 facilities in Ireland and Taiwan, Kingston markets its products through an extensive worldwide network of distributors, major reseller chains and independent dealers. In August 1996, Kingston became part of SOFTBANK Corp. Visit the Kingston home

page on the Internet at . For additional information on Kingston products, please contact Kingston Technology at (800) 337-8410.

About Microsoft

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.

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

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

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