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"Windows 98 information with details of advanced Windows 98 features."

WINDOWS 98

WINDOWS 98 OPERATING SYSTEM

"Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Microsoft Windows 98 operating system, the consumer operating system upgrade that works better and plays better. The new operating system is immediately available in more than 40 countries worldwide and from more than 12,000 retail outlets in North America. In addition, more than 200 PC manufacturers - including the top 25 manufacturers - are scheduled to ship Windows 98-based consumer machines today or within 30 days. Windows 98 is expected to be available on more than 90 percent of all new consumer PCs within 30 days."

WINDOWS 98

"Windows 98 is the first version of Windows that we designed specifically for home users," said Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft. "As a result, this is the easiest-to-use version of Windows yet and will help bring the power of the PC to new users worldwide."

CAPABILITIES OF WINDOWS 98

"Microsoft will celebrate the worldwide availability of Windows 98 with industry launch partners and consumers this evening at a launch event in San Francisco. Many leaders will be on hand to demonstrate hardware and entertainment solutions that take advantage of the consumer capabilities in Windows 98."

WINDOWS 98 IS A WIN

"Windows 98 is not only a win for consumers, but it is a win for the entire PC industry," said Rod Schrock, vice president and group general manager, consumer products group, Compaq Computer Corp. "The powerful, easy-to-use, consumer-oriented features will appeal to experienced and new users alike, helping to grow the entire market."

TOP DESKTOP

"Top desktop and portable PC manufacturers worldwide are delivering Windows 98 preinstalled on their new consumer systems. Manufacturers include Acer America, Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Gateway, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Micron Electronics Inc., Packard Bell NEC Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., Siemens Nixdorf Inc. and Toshiba America Inc. In addition, more than 10,000 systems builders are participating in the Microsoft OEM System Builders Program to deliver tailor-made solutions featuring Windows 98."

NATIVE USB SUPPORT

"The native support for USB in Windows 98 also presents hardware vendors with a tremendous opportunity to deliver exciting and innovative peripherals, from realistic "force feedback" joysticks to digital cameras, to consumers. USB dramatically simplifies the installation of these peripherals, delivering to consumers true "plug and play" functionality. Currently, a breadth of USB devices are being developed by the industry's leading manufacturers. According to David Fair, chairman of the USB Implementers Forum (USB IF) and technology initiative manager at Intel Corp., consumers can expect to see a steady increase in the number and type of USB devices available, with more than 150 new products due to hit the market over the course of the next year."

WINDOWS 98 FOR CONSUMERS

"As the first version of Windows designed specifically for consumers, Windows 98 builds on the breakthrough features in Windows 95 to offer the following benefits."

WINDOWS 98 INTERNET

"Improved ease of use through Internet integration. Windows 98 makes use of key Internet Explorer technologies to unify and simplify the desktop, making it quick and easy for users to find and navigate to information, whether it resides on their PCs or the Internet. In addition, finding help has been dramatically simplified with the addition of new troubleshooting wizards and Web-based help features."

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

"Enhanced performance and reliability. Windows 98 dramatically improves the key areas that keep users waiting on their PC today, including opening applications, accessing the Internet and shutting down the PC. This enhanced performance along with powerful new self-maintenance and update features empower users to spend more time enjoying their PCs and less time managing their system."

WINDOWS 98 HARDWARE

"A new range of PC hardware and entertainment capabilities. Windows 98 ushers in a new range of hardware and entertainment functionality. Now, not only do games run better on Windows 98-based PCs than on traditional game console devices, but Windows 98 includes native support for USB, which makes adding hardware devices as easy as plugging in a toaster. In addition, Windows 98 provides DVD and television broadcast capabilities, allowing a PC with a television tuner card to seamlessly receive and display television and other data distributed over broadcast networks."

MICROSOFT 98 SUPPORT

"Windows 98 end of support date July 2006."

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