Microsoft Announces New MSDN Magazine

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 4, 2000 — MSDN TM , the Microsoft® Developer Network, and CMP Media Inc. today announced a new print publication, MSDN Magazine, which is the next evolution of the 14-year old Microsoft Systems Journal and Microsoft Internet Developer magazine (1996). The two magazines have been incorporated into MSDN Magazine to offer the full range of Microsoft development solutions and technologies in one publication.

Said Editor-in-Chief Michael Longacre,
“The time is right to combine the two magazines because the technologies each covered are converging. MSDN Magazine will continue the strategic editorial focus of both publications while moving forward as new technologies and solutions emerge.”

MSDN Magazine will include regularly appearing columns such as C++ Q & A, Basic Instincts, Security Briefs, House of COM, Serving the Web, Web Q & A and The XML Files. MSDN Magazine feature articles will include advanced coverage of the Windows® 2000 platform, programming with the Visual Studio® development system, Microsoft Internet technologies such as XML, ASP and scripting, COM, DCOM, Windows CE-based application development, Windows Media TM technologies and Windows DNA.

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to providing developers with access to the tools they need to be successful, MSDN Magazine debuts with an innovative new policy. In response to overwhelming reader requests, it will be one of the first paid circulation magazines to offer full content online at . The new magazine is part of Microsoft’s integral developer support offering through MSDN ( ). Resources provided to developers through MSDN include the MSDN subscriptions program, MSDN Online, MSDN Training, an e-mail newsletter, and local and national MSDN-sponsored events.

MSDN Magazine will be co-published by CMP Media Inc., publisher of the world’s leading high-tech publications, and Microsoft. MSDN Magazine is scheduled to be on newsstands in mid-February.

About CMP

CMP Media Inc., a subsidiary of United News & Media plc (Nasdaq
), is the leading high-tech media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum – the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. With its portfolio of newspapers, magazines, custom publishing, Internet products, research, consulting and conferences, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Online editions of the company’s print publications, along with products and services created exclusively for the Internet, can be found on CMPnet at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft, MSDN, Windows, Visual Studio and Windows Media are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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