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Microsoft announces price promotion for Windows Me

Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM)today announced a limited-time promotional price of $59.95 for the Windows Millennium Edition operating system.

Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM) today announced a limited-time promotional price of $59.95 for the Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me) operating system.

The special price is only available as an upgrade to registered customers of Windows 98.

The promotion price will be available from the day of Windows Me's launch on September 14 through to January 31, 2001. Windows Me is positioned as a replacement operating system for consumers, not as an upgrade for corporate customers.

Microsoft states that Windows Me delivers improvements over Windows 98 in the following areas:

PC Health New features include System Restore, which enables users to roll back their PC software configuration to a date or time when it was working properly; System File Protection, which prevents the accidental or unauthorised overwriting of critical system files; and AutoUpdate, which can automatically download important Microsoft updates without user intervention.

In addition, Windows Me, combined with "fast-boot"-optimised PC hardware, will provide home users with faster access to information, communications and entertainment at any time.

Digital Media Using PCs to do more with pictures, video, music and games is becoming increasingly popular among home PC users. Windows Me provides advancements in each of these areas with features such as Windows Image Acquisition, which helps users transfer digital images from digital cameras, scanners and other WIA-compliant devices; Windows Movie Maker, which provides users with the tools to digitally edit, save and share home videos; Windows Media Player 7, which helps users find, organise and play digital media; and DirectPlay Voice Chat, which allows PC gamers to talk with one another across the Internet during gameplay.

Home Networking Windows Me further enables the "connected home" through the Home Networking Wizard, a feature that helps users find shared resources and connect them; improved Internet Connection Sharing technology; simplified USB networking; and the first implementation of Universal Plug and Play technology in a Microsoft product.

Online Experience Windows Me includes Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 technologies, which adds print preview functionality, core reliability and performance enhancements to improve the home Internet experience.

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