At SUPERCOMM 2000, Microsoft Demonstrates Windows 2000-Based Solutions For Delivering Next-Generation Network Services

ATLANTA, June 6, 2000 — Today in Booth 1027 at SUPERCOMM 2000, Microsoft Corp. will demonstrate solutions that enable service providers to deliver next-generation network services to consumers and businesses. The demonstrations will focus on key areas of opportunity for service providers, including mobile data solutions, application service provider (ASP) solutions, audio and video solutions, and service management solutions. Using the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server family of operating systems as a base platform, these solutions enable service providers to bring new services to market quickly and cost-effectively.

“With the Windows 2000 Server family, Microsoft provides the best base platform for service providers, offering unprecedented functionality, fast time to market, and great price and performance for their network services,”
said Thomas Koll, vice president of the Network Solutions Group at Microsoft.
“At SUPERCOMM 2000, we’re going all out to show Windows 2000 in real, live network environments powering highly reliable and massively scalable solutions for next-generation services today.”

End-to-end solutions being demonstrated in the Microsoft booth and running in live network environments are focused on the following:

  • Carrier-grade platforms, featuring the Windows 2000 Server family of operating systems running on carrier-grade hardware from companies such as Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Unisys Corp. These demonstrations focus on how service providers can deploy a highly scalable, reliable and manageable infrastructure to support their network service requirements. Specific demonstrations include policy-based quality-of-service provisioning using the Active Directory™
    service.

  • Hosting and ASP solutions , which benefit business customers of all sizes that need to access the latest computing capabilities quickly and cost-effectively. Service providers can deploy a wide range of hosted services, including the following:

    • Audio and video services using Windows Media™
      Technologies

    • Outsourced messaging services using Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server

    • Software as a service, such as a concept demo of managed PC services

    • Hosted line-of-business application services

  • Mobile Data Solutions , which can be used by service providers to deliver the following functionality:

    • Mobile access to corporate data based on Microsoft Exchange Server, including contacts, calendar information and e-mail

    • MSN™
      Mobile 2.0, the two-way customizable wireless information service from the MSN network of Internet services, which provides mobile consumers with a wide range of information, including stock, news; sports and weather reports; and more. These services can be delivered to a wide range of mobile devices, including alphanumeric pagers, digital cellular phones, Pocket PCs and other handheld devices.

  • Service management solutions , which enable service providers to offer customer-centric management of new services. Demonstrated solutions include the following:

    • Integrated provisioning, billing and management for ASP-hosted services

    • Web-based integrated operations support systems for broadband services

These solutions are being demonstrated by several companies that are members of Microsoft’s Operating Support Systems (OSS) Working Group, which was launched in June 1999. The OSS Working Group has expanded to include more than 38 members and is focused on helping service providers take advantage of common schemas (e.g., XML, SOAP and directory services) to develop their next-generation, Web-enabled service management applications.

Companies joining Microsoft in these in-booth demonstrations include 3Com Corp., Active Voice Corp., Accelerated Networks Inc., BusinessEdge Solutions Inc., Cisco Systems

Inc., Compaq, Concur Technologies Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies Inc., Nortel Networks Corp., Onyx Software Corp., Portal Software Inc., Unisys, Wireless Knowledge LLC and Xevo Corp.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies 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.

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