REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 25, 1999 — Standalone license sales of Microsoft® FrontPage® 2000, the most recent version of the world’s best-selling Web site creation and management tool, have surpassed 1 million units since the product was introduced four months ago. The popularity of FrontPage 2000 brings the total number of users of FrontPage to more than 3 million, highlighting the growing demand for commercial and personal Web sites and reinforcing the widespread popularity of FrontPage among a broad set of customers, including Web professionals, small-business users and people creating personal Web sites.
In addition to its early success as a standalone product, FrontPage 2000 has been a key driver in the success of Office 2000 Premium, the newest member of the Microsoft Office suite family. Office 2000 Premium, which includes FrontPage 2000 and PhotoDraw TM 2000 business graphics software in addition to the applications found in Office 2000 Professional, has achieved nearly 25 percent of retail Office suite sales in its first four months.
Microsoft’s channel partners are also highlighting the success of FrontPage 2000 and Office 2000 Premium.
“FrontPage 2000 is by far our best-selling Web authoring tool because it helps our customers save time while having fun when creating Web pages and Web sites,”
said Erick Vincent, senior buyer for Best Buy Company Inc.
“The inclusion of FrontPage 2000 in Office Premium has been a catalyst for Office 2000 sales among customers looking to communicate on the Web.”
FrontPage 2000 Gaining Momentum in Organizations
One of the key factors driving the success of FrontPage 2000 is its increasing popularity in large organizations and small businesses. As businesses rush to use the Internet and intranets to sell products, improve customer satisfaction and share information more effectively, they are looking for versatile authoring tools that allow Web professionals and traditional business users alike to create internal and external Web sites.
“We are very excited to see such widespread support for FrontPage 2000 in organizations,”
said Tom Bailey, lead product manager for FrontPage at Microsoft.
“Reaching 3 million customers highlights the fact that FrontPage offers a versatile, easy-to-use tool for creating business and personal Web sites.”
FrontPage 2000 Continues to Garner Support From Internet Service Providers
Another key to the success of FrontPage is its increasing popularity and support among Internet service providers (ISPs). FrontPage is supported by thousands of ISPs worldwide, including major industry players EarthLink Network Inc., Verio Inc., IMC Online, MindSpring Enterprises Inc., Interliant Inc., and Interland Inc., which cater to small businesses, and community hosting providers such as Tripod Inc., which host personal Web sites.
“We are seeing a great deal of excitement from small-business customers and Web professionals about the new capabilities in FrontPage 2000,”
said Leland Thoburn, vice president of business affairs, EarthLink.
“Every month, more and more customers are asking for support for FrontPage 2000 because it makes it easy for small businesses to create and maintain a dynamic Web presence.”
FrontPage 2000 Wins Top Praise From Industry Editors
Within four months of its release, FrontPage 2000 has won top awards from independent industry reviewers. Honors for FrontPage 2000 include the following:
PC Magazine Editors’ Choice for authoring and site management
C/Net Editors’ Choice
PC World: World Class Award for best Web authoring tool
WebDeveloper.com Product Award
ZDNet Computer Shopper Best Products of the Year
FrontPage 2000 also received the nod as best Web site creation tool from Federal Computer Week, Small Office Computing and Information Week.
Pricing and Availability
FrontPage 2000 and Office 2000 Premium are widely available in retail outlets as well as through direct market resellers and volume licensing programs. New users can acquire FrontPage 2000 for an estimated retail price of $149, and current users can upgrade to FrontPage 2000 for $59.95. Office 2000 Premium Edition is available for an upgrade price of $449 for current users and $799 for new users.
Computer users worldwide can obtain information about Microsoft FrontPage at http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/ and Microsoft Office Premium at http://www.microsoft.com/office/ . Information about other Microsoft products can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/ .
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