Microsoft Announces Immediate Availability of Windows XP “Do Amazing Things” DVD With High-Definition Content, Great Software and Fun Tutorials

REDMOND, Wash., May 1, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of the new Windows®
“Do Amazing Things”
DVD, which shows consumers the amazing things they can do with the Windows XP operating system. The new DVD provides great bonus video content for playback on the PC, including the first high-definition versions of three short films from the BMW Films Series
“The Hire,”
the full-length movie
“The Living Sea” produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films Inc. for presentation in IMAX®
Theatres, and coverage from Tony Hawk’s
“The Road to Boom Boom HuckJam.”
In addition, the DVD provides users of Windows XP with exciting software, including fun screen savers, PowerToys and a creativity kit for Windows Movie Maker 2.

Leading retailers including Inc. and CompUSA Inc. will offer the DVD free to customers with select purchases. Top PC manufacturer Gateway Inc. will offer the DVD through retail outlets. And starting today, consumers can order the
“Do Amazing Things” DVD from the Microsoft®
Web site,, for the cost of shipping and handling, starting at US$2.99. The DVD is available today only in the United States and Canada.

“We’ve packed the DVD with great high-quality content, software and tutorials so consumers can have a fun way to learn about new experiences with Windows XP,”
said Dave Fester, general manager of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft.
“Users of Windows XP can now enjoy some amazing content with unmatched audio and video quality, providing them with a visually stunning entertainment experience right on their desktops.”

Enjoy Great Movies With Amazing Quality

“Do Amazing Things” DVD uses Windows Media®
9 Series to offer users of Windows XP a host of great movies with amazing quality for playback on the PC, including these:

  • First-ever, high-definition versions of three short films from the BMW Films Series

    The Hire,
    “Ticker,” “Hostage”
    “Beat the Devil,”
    executive-produced by Ridley Scott and directed by John Woo, Joe Carnahan and Tony Scott. (Also available in Standard Definition on DVD.)

  • Standard Definition content:

  • The Living Sea
    is a full-length movie directed by Greg MacGillivray and originally shot for presentation in IMAX Theatres. It includes narration by Meryl Streep and music from Sting, and offers 5.1 surround sound using Windows Media Audio 9 Professional.

  • Tony Hawk’s

    The Road to Boom Boom HuckJam,
    features some of the most outrageous skating, BMX and motocross tricks ever attempted.

  • Step Into Liquid
    is a long-format movie trailer featuring some of the most amazing surfing footage ever captured on film.

Cool Screen Savers, PowerToys and More

With the
“Do Amazing Things”
DVD, consumers can update their Windows XP-based PCs with the latest digital media software for Windows XP, including Windows Media Player 9 Series and Windows Movie Maker 2. They also can enjoy cool 3-D screen savers, fun PowerToys that help showcase their digital photos, and new visualizations for the Windows Media Player 9 Series. In addition, consumers can put on their director’s cap with a new creativity kit for Windows Movie Maker 2.

Learning to

Do Amazing Things

With Windows XP

“Do Amazing Things”
DVD includes easy-to-use video tutorials that help consumers learn how to use Windows XP to enjoy music and video, explore digital photography, create movies, communicate instantly and enhance their browsing experience. Tutorials include the following:

  • Creating music CDs, being the DJ at a party, taking music on the go and more, using Windows Media Player 9 Series

  • Bringing pictures directly from a digital camera onto the PC, organizing digital photos and sharing them in new ways using the digital photo features in Windows XP

  • Creating home movies like a professional and sharing them anywhere easily with friends and family via the Web, e-mail or CD with Windows Movie Maker 2 for Windows XP

  • Being instantly in touch with friends and family all around the world with text messages, or even seeing and hearing them live on the computer using Windows Messenger

  • Browsing the Web better than ever before with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6

About Microsoft

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