Microsoft to Donate ActiMates Dolls To Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

NEW YORK, March 24, 1999 — During this morning’s Microsoft® ActiMates event at FAO Schwarz in New York, Microsoft Corp. announced a donation of its top-selling ActiMates
interactive toys to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families living with HIV and AIDS.

The donation was announced in celebration of the unveiling of the full line of Microsoft ActiMates Interactive Teletubbies
. Microsoft is donating one ActiMates product for every four ActiMates Teletubbies sold at FAO Schwarz stores nationwide from March 24 through April 4 to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Microsoft ActiMates, launched in 1997, quickly became the talk of the toy industry as dolls that help children learn and interact with other technologies such as television and PCs.
“ActiMates are a lot of fun, and kids really love the dolls,”
said Kate Carr, mother of two-and-a-half-year-old Alexandra and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, who attended the celebration at FAO Schwarz to accept the donation.
“Microsoft’s generous donation will help fund the Foundation’s ongoing research and also help improve the lives of children and their families living with HIV and AIDS.”

Disguise Inc. donated the Teletubbies costumes worn at the FAO celebration.

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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