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Microsoft to Offer "Chromed" Windows

Microsoft Corp. this week announced a future enhancement for the Windows operating system designed to optimize performance of multimedia content on the Web, as well as DVD and CD-ROM titles.

According to Microsoft, Chrome will offer users with high-performance Windows 98 and Windows NT 5.0 PCs the benefits of rich, interactive DVD, CD-ROM, and Web-based multimedia content.

Chrome DVD titles will provide users with enhanced content that adds to and is synchronized with the DVD video. Visitors to Web sites with multimedia content will experience much higher performance when viewing Chrome-enhanced content. Download times will be reduced and the display will be optimized for the underlying Windows PC hardware.

Using XML, Web developers will be able to easily describe and deliver multimedia content and dynamically manipulate this content using simple scripting techniques. Developers can also publish the same Chrome multimedia content on DVD, CD-ROM, and the Web, which enables them to leverage the development process without writing medium-specific content.

Microsoft has stated that it expects the full Chrome feature set to be available in the first quarter of 1999 to Windows98 and Windows NT 5.0 users who are running Pentium II 350 MHz-class or better systems with AGP.

For additional information on Chrome and XML, visit the Microsoft Web site.