Microsoft releases Windows Media 4.0 beta

Microsoft Corporation this week released its first beta of Windows Media 4.0, which the company says gives users and content providers with the beta quality streaming audio and video on the Internet. Windows Media 4.0 provides FM-quality streaming audio at 28.8 Kbps, while offering file sizes that are half that of the popular MP3 format. Additionally, a new copyright protection scheme will prevent the illegal distribution of music and videos.

"Satisfying the needs of both the consumer and the content community is a huge priority for Microsoft," said Jim Allchin, a senior vice president at Microsoft. "Windows Media Technologies 4.0 represents clear and tangible innovation for the consumer experience while providing content providers with a solid foundation for next-generation Internet business models."

For more information, and a bunch of free downloads, please visit the Windows Media Web site

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