NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 1998 — Today at Fall Internet World 98, Microsoft Corp. outlined its new Office suite strategy and teamed with industry leaders to launch one of the world’s largest online privacy-education campaigns. These announcements underscore Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to both customers and developers in the thriving Internet community. The company also said that future Microsoft® products would support the Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF) Web Distributed Authoring & Versioning (WebDAV) specification. Earlier in the week, Microsoft announced the latest version of its Visual J++
development system for Java.
Leadership in Internet privacy-education campaign. Microsoft, along with TRUSTe and seven other leading Internet companies, will announce the launch of a major Internet privacy initiative at a noon press conference today. The online campaign, called the Privacy Partnership, will educate Internet consumers about important issues related to privacy through a series of banner ads placed on Web sites in October. Other participants in the campaign include America Online Inc., Excite Inc., Infoseek Corp., Lycos Inc., Netscape Communications Corp., Snap Online! and Yahoo! Inc. The coalition is headed by TRUSTe, an independent, nonprofit organization founded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and CommerceNet Consortium that is dedicated to building consumer trust in the Internet. Fifteen of the top 20 Web sites are licensees of TRUSTe and display TRUSTe’s official privacy seal, which assures users that sites adhere to TRUSTe’s principles of fair information practices and enforcement.
New Microsoft Office 2000 to empower Internet users. Microsoft also outlined different packaging offerings within the Office 2000 family of suites including Premium, Professional, Small Business, Standard and Developer suites. Each suite helps its target customers streamline the process of working with people, information and the Web in an increasingly Web-centric environment. At the high end, Office 2000 Premium includes the FrontPage 2000 Web site creation and management tool and PhotoDraw
2000 business graphics software, and provides Web enthusiasts and IT professionals with a complete solution for high-quality graphics, Web-enabled information, intranet collaboration, and Web site creation and management. Microsoft also unveiled a Web site designed to help a diverse range of customers choose the right suite for their needs at .
Hands-on intranet workshop to feature Site Server. At Fall Internet World 98, the Compaq Computer Corp. and Microsoft FrontLine Partnership will host 28 Site Server workshops, each a 30-minute hands-on session to teach attendees the basics about the Web publishing, search and information delivery features of Microsoft Site Server 3.0. The workshops will show how Site Server can be used to create robust intranet sites for knowledge sharing.
Product support for IETF WebDAV specification. On Wednesday, Microsoft outlined plans to use WebDAV in a variety of next-generation products such as Internet Explorer, Office, FrontPage, the Windows NTServer operating system and the BackOffice family. Over the past 18 months, Microsoft has played a crucial role in working with leading vendors and universities in the Internet Engineering Task Force to define this customer-focused open standard that will enable people to work in teams on documents over the Web. WebDAV is a set of extensions to HTTP 1.1 that allow users to read and write Web documents regardless of their authoring tools, platform, or type of Web server.
Availability of developers tool for Java for Windows and the Web. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998, Microsoft announced worldwide availability of Visual J++ 6.0, the industry’s most widely used development system for Java. Available in Standard and Professional editions, Microsoft Visual J++ 6.0 lets developers harness the productivity of the Java language and the power of the Windows operating system to build and deploy high-performance distributed solutions for Windows and the Web. New features include enhancements to the Windows Foundation Classes (WFC), enhanced data access components, integrated Visual Database Tools, an integrated Visual Component Manager and significantly improved documentation and sample code.
Fall Internet World 98, billed as the world’s largest event for e-business and Internet technology, is being held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, Oct. 5-9, 1998. Microsoft products will be showcased in Booth 1403; the Microsoft Partner Pavilion is located in Booth 1603. The Microsoft Press Room will be located at the 4b terrace.
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