Microsoft Presence at N+I Centers Around Windows NT Success and Future Potential

Atlanta, Ga., October 22, 1998 — This week at Networld +Interop in Atlanta, Microsoft showcases the company’s latest advances in Windows NT– including tools and initiatives designed to strengthen the NT platform and prepare customers for the future — and highlight the platform’s rapid adoption by Corporate IT. The conference, which runs October 19-23 at the Georgia World Congress Center, also features a keynote address by Microsoft President Steve Ballmer on Thursday evening. Ballmer will address current trends in the computer industry, and the rapidly changing requirements for server operating systems in increasingly complex organizations.

Today at Networld + Interop, Microsoft announced the availability of Service Pack 4 for Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0. Service Pack 4 provides a single source for all Windows NT updates, and feature enhancements including Year 2000 compliance, improved reliability and manageability, and font support for the Euro currency. Microsoft also highlighted a number of leading organizations, including NATO, San Diego Chamber of Commerce and others that have selected Windows NT as their platform of choice. In addition, Microsoft noted that Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Microsoft Certified Solution Providers (MCSPs) are receiving increasingly greater numbers of requests to migrate customers to Windows NT-based solutions. Microsoft also announced that Dell Computer Corp. has joined the list of corporations moving to the Microsoft Windows NT Server operating system. To resolve their year 2000 issues, Dell will replace more than 225 Novell NetWare 3.x and 4.x servers with approximately 25 servers running Windows NT Server 4.0. Windows NT Server 4.0 will be their file and print infrastructure as well as their applications and Web platform. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced new scalability results for the Windows Media Technologies. These results showed that the Windows Media Technologies enable customers to reduce administrative and management costs by deploying a single streaming media architecture across all network infrastructures. Microsoft’s streaming media platform scales to meet the needs of customers using low-speed dial-up to the Internet, high-speed LANs within corporations, and even new high-speed broadband connections to the Internet. The high data rate performance was achieved by the NetShow Encoder running on a Compaq Professional Workstation AP500, utilizing the Intel Pentium II 450mhz processor.

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