New Microsoft Expedia Streets & Trips 2000 Offers All-in-One Mapping Solution

REDMOND, Wash., March 25, 1999 — Now, whether going across town or across the country, consumers have everything they’ll need in one comprehensive CD-ROM product. New Microsoft® Expedia® Streets & Trips 2000, available in stores nationwide today, allows users to quickly and easily calculate door-to-door driving directions throughout the United States, find and map street addresses, places or points of interest with pinpoint accuracy, and search a comprehensive guide of travel planning information for North America. With more than 6 million miles of local, city and state roads and highways throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Expedia Streets & Trips 2000 is perfect for planning a trip of any distance.

“With Streets & Trips 2000, we combined detailed U.S. street maps and North American highway maps with the highest-quality turn-by-turn data, plus extensive information on places and travel services,”
said Michael Graff, product unit manager for Microsoft geography products.
“By combining what has generally been offered in two separate products, we provide consumers with one comprehensive and completely integrated mapping solution.”

This new all-in-one product builds on the proven success of combining street maps and travel planning services together. The Microsoft Expedia Streets 98 and Trip Planner 98 Value Bundle launched in May 1998 has been the top-selling mapping software title (in dollar sales) since its introduction.*

About Streets & Trips 2000

Streets & Trips 2000 gives consumers everything they need to plan a short trip or a longer journey, with the latest road information at their fingertips:

  • More than 6 million miles of local, city, state and highway road maps for North America from leading map data providers Geographic Data Technology Inc. (GDT) and Navigation Technologies Corp. (NavTech)

  • Door-to-door driving directions to virtually any address in the United States

  • Information on turn restrictions, detours and road construction, with updates available online

  • Powerful Snap-Routing feature for customizing routes and roads with a simple mouse-click and drag

  • Pocket Streets feature for the Windows® CE operating system

  • Thousands of articles and listings from the world’s leading authorities on travel, including the following:

  • More than 14,000 ZAGATSURVEY® restaurant listings

  • More than 300,000 business listings from info USA, including locations for ATM bank machines and car service centers

  • More than 9,500 campground listings from Woodall’s®

  • More than 7,000 listings from Interstate America of exits and rest areas

  • More than 2,500 beautiful photographs and travel images

Up-to-the-Minute Information Keeps Travel Plans Current

Streets & Trips 2000 also includes more than 10,000 Web links that provide in-depth information on points of interest and 24-hour access to local highlights, traffic, current road construction, detours, weather updates and other relevant travel information. An easy-to-use download feature updates construction information quickly and easily so users can avoid delays by rerouting around trouble spots.

Microsoft Expedia Streets & Trips 2000 is available now for an estimated retail price of $44.95 (U.S.) or $64.95 (CDN) with a $20 (U.S.) or $30 (CDN) rebate. The rebate offer expires

March 31, 2000. The offer is valid in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada only.

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.

* Source: PC Data December 1998 retail dollar sales; May 1998-December 1998 retail dollar sales. PC Data Travel category; software products only (excludes hardware).

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