Microsoft Announces Windows Media Technologies Online Special-Interest Group

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 1998 — Today at its Advanced Web Development Seminar in San Francisco, Microsoft Corp. announced the creation of the Windows® Media Technologies Online Special Interest Group (OSIG). OSIGs are communities built around specific Internet technologies that act as gathering places for content developers and solution provider members who want to help each other succeed and drive adoption of new Internet technologies.

The Windows Media Technologies OSIG is designed to establish a community for Web professionals and to create a forum where anyone interested in Microsoft® streaming media solutions can find and exchange information. Benefits include weekly Web broadcasts with interactive chats, online forums, discounts on third-party hardware and software products, workshops, and free technical support via e-mail.

“Our customers and industry partners are continually asking us to help them get the most from our new products and technologies,”
said Tod Nielsen, general manager of the developer relations group at Microsoft.
“The Windows Media Technologies OSIG brings Web developers and solution providers together to interact and share ideas, providing a unique forum that makes it easier for them to deploy streaming media technologies and grow their businesses.”

In addition to technical papers and online community resources, the Windows Media Technologies OSIG offers discounts on many third-party hardware and software products and services. Companies participating in the program include Activate Corp., Inc.,, Digital Renaissance, InterVU Inc., Magnifi Inc., Midisoft Corp., Multimedia Access Corp., Sonic Foundry Inc., Terran Interactive Inc., Waves Ltd. and Winnov.

Membership in the Windows Media Technologies OSIG is available to any content developer or solution provider free of charge (connect-time charges may apply). Registration information and additional details can be found on the Site Builder Network at

Microsoft Windows Media Technologies, including the Windows Media Player, Windows NT® Server’s NetShow
Services and NetShow Theater Server, provide corporate, education and Internet customers with a platform for developing richer business and entertainment solutions using streaming media. More information on the Windows Media Technologies can be found at .

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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