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June 12, 2002—In this issue:
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1. NEWS AND VIEWS
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Microsoft revealed today that several companies are already deploying beta versions of its upcoming Windows Media Services technology—code-named Corona—in production environments. MSNBC is chief among these companies; its Web site is one of the most frequently visited online destinations and the most popular Web-based news site. MSNBC delivers more than 10 million audio and video streams per month, Microsoft says, and has been taking advantage of Corona technology for 2 months.
"The results MSNBC.com has achieved with Windows Media Services \[on\] Windows .NET Server are an indication of the big things to come from Windows Media Corona," said Dave Fester, general manager of Microsoft's Windows Digital Media Division. "We engineered the Corona server not only to maximize scalability; it is engineered to deliver a faster, smoother television-like viewing experience for streamed audio and video, and optimize the economics of delivering digital media for companies on the Internet and in corporate intranets."
The Corona version of Windows Media Services is available only in the Windows .NET Server family beta, which Microsoft says it will complete later this year. Since early April, MSNBC has used beta versions of the products on its Web site to deliver more than 7 million streaming audio and video clips to users. MSNBC confirms that, using the same hardware, the Corona server streams media twice as efficiently as its predecessor.
Other Corona components—including new Windows Media Audio (WMA) 9 and Windows Media Video (WMV) 9 codecs, a new Windows Media Player (WMP), and a new version of the Windows Media Encoder—will be available in beta form late this summer and will ship by the end of the year, Microsoft told me this week.
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