Microsoft Demonstrates Revenue Opportunities for Carriers With Windows Powered Smart Devices, MSN And Windows Media at CommunicAsia2002

SINGAPORE, June 17, 2002 — Today at CommunicAsia2002, Microsoft Corp. presented new revenue-generating opportunities for carriers. Based on Microsoft® .NET technologies, the offerings include MSN® Mobile Hotmail® in Asia and advanced voice and data applications on Windows®
Powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones. These and other opportunities for service providers are being featured at the Microsoft booth, No. 6E2-1.

MSN Mobile Hotmail Available to 15 Million Subscribers in Asia

MSN, the world’s No. 1 online destination with more than 270 million unique monthly visitors, also announced the availability of MSN Mobile Hotmail in Asia this summer. With this service, MSN Hotmail users in Asia who subscribe to SingTel Mobile in Singapore, CSL in Hong Kong and ChungHwa in Taiwan will be among the first to have the option to receive e-mail sent to their MSN Hotmail accounts via two-way short message service (SMS) on their mobile phones. They also will be able to send a reply to those e-mail messages directly to the sender’s inbox via SMS as well as perform other common tasks directly from their phone.

Microsoft Enables Movie Magix, Cutting-Edge Video on Demand From SingTel

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) recently introduced its Movie Magix video on demand service, through which it offers the latest movies to home PC users over a DSL broadband network. This new video subscription video on demand service runs on Windows Media (TM) Technologies and Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. It utilizes Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers such as Commerce Server 2000, Application Center 2000 Server and Microsoft SQL Server (TM) 2000 for management, distribution and system scalability. Windows Media provides a high-quality streaming solution for content creation, delivery, distribution and playback for customers, which allows SingTel to deliver Movie Magix to a wide subscriber base at a compelling price. The Microsoft .NET Platform also supports fast time to market, enabling the rapid development and deployment of this service in less than 14 weeks. Movie Magix is featured in the Microsoft booth at CommunicAsia.

Revolutionary Devices Deliver Access to Innovation

Committed to creating new revenue by improving the level of services available to customers, Microsoft is working with handset manufacturers to accelerate the availability of Windows Powered Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphones that provide cutting-edge functionalities. Handheld devices from Hewlett-Packard Co., Sendo Ltd., Compal Communications and ETENInformation Systems will be on display at the Microsoft booth, and demonstrations will show how these devices will provide customers with the best access to a wide range of rich applications, personal and business information, and XML Web services.

Realizing the potential of
devices in delivering rich data services, Microsoft will work with network service providers to nurture a developer community and encourage the creation of wireless applications targeting both consumers and corporate users.

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