Microsoft Ships NetMeeting 2.0 Final Release

Major Corporations Adopt Leading Internet Conferencing Software To Solve Business Problems

More Than 60 Leading Industry Vendors Announce Compatible Products and Services

REDMOND, Wash. - April 28, 1997 - Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft® NetMeeting™ conferencing software version 2.0 for no-charge download from the Internet (connect-time charges may apply). This release marks the first time standards-based video conferencing, telephony and multipoint data conferencing for real-time collaboration have been integrated into one seamless, easy-to-use product for use on the Internet and corporate intranets.

The announcement comes at a time of rapidly growing industry support and customer usage for NetMeeting as a leading Internet conferencing product. Major companies are evaluating and adopting the use of NetMeeting 2.0 to solve business problems and communicate more effectively. They include Deere & Co., DuPont, FileNet Corp., Ford Motor Co. and The Tompkins Group. In addition, more than 60 leading industry vendors have announced products and services that are compatible with NetMeeting 2.0, providing users with a wide range of interoperable solutions.

"To date, the Internet and corporate intranets have been used primarily to find and view information; the potential for real-time interactive communication hasn't been fully realized," said Brad Silverberg, senior vice president, applications and Internet client group at Microsoft. "NetMeeting 2.0 marks the beginning of a major communication revolution. Together with other leading industry vendors, Microsoft is starting to achieve its vision of the Internet (including intranets) as a network for real-time interactive communications."

NetMeeting 2.0 Delivers a Complete, Standards-Based Internet Conferencing Solution

Microsoft NetMeeting delivers a complete Internet conferencing solution. Version 2.0 includes powerful features that work together seamlessly to make conferencing on the Internet and corporate intranets even more productive:

NetMeeting Helps Organizations Solve Business Problems

NetMeeting helps businesses communicate more effectively in a variety of ways. Uses of NetMeeting include real-time document collaboration, technical support in a help desk environment, training and distance learning, and conducting remote meetings. By improving the business process, NetMeeting helps companies save time and money and increase user productivity. The following companies are among those using NetMeeting to solve business problems today:

To coincide with the release of NetMeeting 2.0, Microsoft has prepared the NetMeeting 2.0 Resource Kit, a companion technical information resource for system administrators. The kit provides detailed information, based on customer feedback, to help administrators deploy NetMeeting in their organizations. This includes how to configure the firewall, optimize bandwidth, and take advantage of the Windows® 95 and Windows NT® 4.0 operating system policy mechanisms to remotely administer and control the features and functionality of NetMeeting.

Compatible Products Enhance Uses for Customers

By broadly distributing the first released Internet conferencing client to support both the ITU T.120 standard for multipoint data conferencing and the ITU H.323 standard for audio and video conferencing, NetMeeting solves the market's chicken-egg problem, leading to a procession of interoperable standards-based products for customers. Over the past year, Microsoft has worked closely with leading companies to deliver products and services that interoperate with NetMeeting, broadening the appeal and application of standards-based conferencing.

Today, more than 60 leading industry vendors are announcing products and services that work with and enhance the use of NetMeeting 2.0. These products include PCs, network hardware, gateways, firewalls, conferencing servers, compatible conferencing clients, directory services, whiteboard hardware, audio hardware, video cameras, and custom software solutions.

Among the many vendors developing products and services for NetMeeting 2.0 are 3COM Corp., 8x8 Inc., Andrea Electronics Corp., Bay Networks Inc., Canon USA Inc., Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Cisco Systems Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., ConferTech International Inc., Connectix Corp., Creative Software Technologies Pty Ltd., Data Connection Ltd., DataBeam Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Dialogic Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., eFusion Inc., EveNTs Software Products Inc., Farallon Communications Inc., First Virtual Corp., Four11 Corp., Fujitsu Ltd., Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc., Hitachi America Ltd., Incite, Intel Corp., Kenwood USA Corp., Latitude Communications Inc., LiveWorks Inc. - a Xerox company, Lucent Technologies Inc., Matsushita Electric Industrial Company Ltd., MICOM Communications Corp., Micron Electronics Inc., MicroTouch Systems Inc., Mirabilis Ltd., Mitsubishi Electrics America, Multilink Inc., NEC Corp., NetworkMCI, Nogatech Inc., OKI Electric Industry Company Ltd., OnLive! Technologies Inc., Outreach Technologies, Panasonic Communications & Systems Co., Philips Electronics North America Corp., PictureTel Corp., Polycom Inc., QuickNet Technologies Inc., RADVision Inc., Sanyo Electric Company Ltd., Seanix Technology Inc., Seiko Epson Corporation Inc., Sharp Corp., Smart Technologies Inc., Sprint, Toshiba Corp., Trusted Information Systems Inc., U.S. Robotics Corp., VCON Inc., VDOnet Corp., Vienna Systems Corp., VideoServer Inc., VocalTec Inc., Voxware Inc., VTEL Corp., White Pine Software Inc. and Winnov.


As part of this announcement, the complete solution of NetMeeting components to support real-time communications and collaboration are available for immediate download at no charge (connect-time charges may apply) from the Microsoft NetMeeting Web site at

In addition, to further increase the availability and ubiquity of real-time communications and collaboration, NetMeeting is planned to be included as a core component of the upcoming Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and future versions of Microsoft Windows.

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