New Web Sites Help Windows XP Customers Unleash Their Creative Genius

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 14, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of four new Windows®
XP Experience Web sites, providing a comprehensive resource to help users at all levels easily learn how to manage digital photos, make home movies, listen to and organize digital music, and instantly communicate online with friends and family — PC experiences that go beyond the most common uses of exchanging e-mail and browsing the World Wide Web.

The Windows XP Experience Web sites have easy step-by-step instructions and entertaining videos to help customers learn how to take advantage of the popular digital devices topping wish lists this holiday season. Digital photography is more popular than ever in the United States, with an expected 30 percent increase in unit sales from 2001 to 2002, reaching an estimated 8.3 million units, as reported by Gartner Dataquest. The Windows XP Experience Web sites show digital camera owners how easy it is to transfer photos to a Windows XP-based PC and view, organize, print and share their favorites with friends and family.

“Over the past year, Microsoft has learned that many of our consumers are not taking full advantage of the amazing power of their Windows XP-based PCs,”
said Rogers Weed, vice president of Windows Product Management at Microsoft.
“We want everyone to get the most out of Windows XP, so we have created a simple resource to help them easily do things like manage digital photos, listen to digital music or burn CDs, which some people just assume are too difficult to do. The sites demonstrate that it’s easy to do amazing things with Windows XP.”

The sites represent long-term investments by Microsoft to serve as a resource for consumers to help them get the most from their PC. The sites will be changed and updated regularly with informative and entertaining how-to videos, top 10 lists, and tips and tricks to help users take advantage of their digital cameras, digital video cameras and digital music players. The Web sites can be found at , and are organized as follows:

  • Music & Video With Windows Media Player. This site instructs users on the fast and flexible playback features of Windows Media®
    Player, which make it easy to enjoy music and movies any time. The site also includes services offering premium entertainment.

  • Home Movies With Windows Movie Maker. This site describes how to create and edit home movies in minutes using the new Windows Movie Maker 2. The site also teaches users how to share movies via the Web, e-mail, computer or CD.

  • Communicating With Windows Messenger. This site helps users stay in touch with friends and family all around the world using Windows Messenger to exchange text messages instantly or even to see and hear each other on their computer screens.

  • Digital Photography With Windows XP. This site helps users understand the features in Windows XP that make it easy to transfer pictures directly from a digital camera to the computer. The site also instructs users on how to organize and share photos.

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