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Signaling a new era of personal empowerment and business opportunity for consumers, businesses and software developers, Microsoft Corp. this week unveiled the vision and road map for its next generation of software and services, the Microsoft® .NET platform. Capitalizing on the explosion of Internet-based computing and communications, Microsoft .NET will provide easier, more personalized and more productive Internet experiences by harnessing constellations of smart devices and Web sites with advanced software through Internet protocols and formats.
This new family of Microsoft .NET products and technologies replaces the previous working title of Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) and includes software for developers to build next-generation Internet experiences as well as power a new breed of smart Internet devices. Microsoft also announced plans for new products built on the .NET platform, including new generations of the Microsoft Windows® operating system, Windows DNA servers, Microsoft Office, the MSN network of Internet services and the Visual Studio® development system.
Bill Gates' Comments at Forum 2000: 56K - 28K
Steve Ballmer's Comments at Forum 2000: 56K - 28K
Microsoft Windows Me (Millennium Edition) Released To Manufacturing
Last Monday Microsoft announced that the development of the Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition (Windows Me) consumer operating system is complete and the product has been released to manufacturing. Windows Me is the latest version of the Microsoft operating system designed specifically for the home user. It improves the home computing experience by delivering enhancements in the areas of PC health, digital media, home networking and the online experience. Consumers will be able to purchase retail versions of Windows Me on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000.
Windows Me Pricing and Availability
Windows Me will be available in retail boxes on Sept. 14, 2000. In addition, Windows Me will be available preinstalled on new PCs. The estimated retail price for Windows Me is the same as for Windows 98: $209 (U.S.) for the full-package product and $109 (U.S.) for a version upgrade. Parties interested in learning the estimated retail price in local currency for other countries should contact their local Microsoft subsidiary.
For more information on Windows Me, see our Preview of Millennium Beta 2.
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