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Microsoft Garners Top Industry Awards From COMDEX. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) this week will leave COMDEX/Fall '99 with 17 awards for product excellence from leading industry publications.

LAS VEGAS, November 18, 1999   - Microsoft garnered several awards for business productivity software, recognizing the company's tools for the knowledge worker. The awards reflect the success of the Microsoft(R) Office family of business productivity applications, which enable knowledge workers with the right information at the right time. The Office 2000 family of products won several awards, both for contributions as a cohesive suite and as individual applications. PC Computing honored Office 2000 Premium with the Most Valuable Product award in the Productivity Suite category and gave Most Valuable Product awards individually to the Outlook(R) 2000 messaging and collaboration client, PhotoDraw(TM) 2000 business graphics software and Publisher 2000. The Microsoft Office 2000 suite was also recognized by Home Office Computing for designing productivity software that best supports the needs of small businesses. The FrontPage(R) 2000 Web site creation and management tool, Publisher 2000, Outlook 2000 and the Office 2000 Small Business suite were named among Home Office Computing's 100 Best Products of the Year. "Receiving recognition from these respected publications means a great deal to us," said Steven Sinofsky, vice president, Office, Microsoft. "There are many great products in the market, and we are extremely proud to be honored among the best. We work very hard to listen to our customers and strive to continually improve our products. We feel our Office family products have truly addressed the needs of our customers this year. We are glad to have editors and customers validate the importance of these products." Microsoft's Developer Division was recognized for its continuing contributions in e-commerce. For the second year in a row, PC Computing named Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0, the Windows(R) 2000 built-in Web server, and Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition as Best Web Server and Best Commerce Server, respectively. Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 also displayed continued momentum over Lotus Notes by earning Best E-Mail Server from PC Computing. The following Microsoft products received awards at COMDEX:

- Office 2000 Premium. PC Computing MVP award, Productivity Suite

- Office 2000 Small Business. Home Office Computing 100 Best Products of  the Year, Silver Medal, Productivity Software; Computer Shopper  Magazine Shoppers' Choice Awards, Business Productivity

- Outlook 2000. PC Computing MVP award, Information Manager; Home Office  Computing 100 Best Products of the Year, Gold Medal, PIM/Contact  Manager

- PhotoDraw 2000. PC Computing MVP award, Business Graphics

- Publisher 2000. PC Computing MVP award, Personal Desktop Publisher

- Publisher 2000 Deluxe with Picture It!(R) 2000 consumer photo-editing  software. Home Office Computing 100 Best Products of the Year, Gold  Medal, Graphics/Desktop Publishing

- Microsoft FrontPage 2000. Home Office Computing 100 Best Products of  the Year, Gold Medal, Web Site Editor/Publisher; Computer Shopper  Magazine Shoppers' Choice Awards, Web Authoring

- Outlook Express 5.0. PC Computing MVP award, E-Mail Client

- Exchange Server 5.5. PC Computing MVP award, E-Mail Server

- Internet Explorer 5.0. PC Computing MVP award, Web Browser

- Internet Information Server 4.0. PC Computing MVP award, Web Server

- Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition. PC Computing MVP award, Commerce  Server

- Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition. Computer Shopper Magazine  Shoppers' Choice Awards, Personal Productivity

- IntelliMouse(R) Explorer. Home Office Computing 100 Best Products of  the Year, Silver Medal, Gadget

  About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - - any time, any place and on any device. NOTE:  Microsoft, Outlook, PhotoDraw, FrontPage, Windows, Picture It! and IntelliMouse are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.


Docuport Faxes, Scans, Prints, and Copies at Only Two Pounds

FAIRFIELD, N.J., January 19, 2000  - Docuport of Fairfield, N.J. announced today that its flagship product Docuport(TM) exceeded all expectations at the recent Comdex technology convention in Las Vegas. "In my 35 years in the electronics industry I have yet to see a product received more enthusiastically than the Docuport(TM) at the Comdex," states Norman Doctoroff, President/CEO of Docuport. The Docuport(TM) was also a featured product at the recent Consumer Electronics Convention in Las Vegas. The patented Docuport(TM) is an ultra-portable office peripheral that scans, faxes, prints and copies.  Docuport's Docuport(TM) was selected as one of six outstanding products showcased at the Comdex '99, along with offerings by such industry giants as Microsoft, Corel, Unisys, and CT Telecom.  Docuport is in negotiations with a major European electronics company for production and distribution rights for the Docuport(TM). Docuport is the newest player in the exploding portable imaging and digital assistants market.  Headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey, Docuport is positioned to become the premier provider and manufacturer of portable imaging and information appliances.  They have a pipeline of products in development to supplement their flagship Docuport(TM), including an 8" full page scanning pen.


Ricoh to Show CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive at Comdex; Retail Package Shipping  Announcement to Follow Soon

TUSTIN, Calif., November 8, 1999  - Ricoh Corporation's Disc Media  and Systems Center (DMS-C) division announced its new four-in-one,  CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM combo drive will be demonstrated at Comdex. Ricoh DMS-C, which made the technology announcement several weeks ago, decided to speed up production on the new units based on early indications of strong business and consumer interest, according to Takayuki Kuroshima, Marketing/Business Development Manager for Ricoh DMS-C. The CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM combination will allow users to read DVD-ROM and CD-ROM, write to CD-R and rewrite to CD-RW media.  Ricoh's MP9060A drive will have a 6X CD-Recording speed, 4X CD-Rewriting, 24X CD-ROM reading and a 4X DVD-ROM reading speed. Ricoh DMS-C plans to bundle the MP9060A drive with Adaptec's Easy CD Creator, a CD-R/RW pre-mastering software; DirectCD, CD-R/RW packet writing software; and SOFTWARE CINEMASTER, DVD playback software.  Initial pricing for the MediaMaster series retail bundle is expected to be less than $400. The division's plans for future product sets are to increase drive speeds and add rewritable DVD capabilities, with emphasis on the compatibility with DVD-ROM technology. Ricoh is a member of the Optical Storage Technology Association, and contributes on the discussion of physical and logical compatibility of optical discs. Ricoh, the first manufacturer to deliver CD-rewritable drives and media, has used its position as both a media manufacturer and drive manufacturer to promote adoption of uniform standards within industry organizations.


NEC Technologies Receives MVP Award from PC Computing at Comdex MultiSync(R) MT1035+(TM) LCD Projector Selected as 'Best Boardroom Projector'

ITASCA, Ill., November 23, 1999  - NEC Technologies reaffirmed its projection prowess by winning Most Valuable Product (MVP) award from PC Computing during Fall Comdex 1999.  Known as the "Superior Choice for Conference Room Projection," the MultiSync MT1035+ was chosen for its legacy of superior display performance, outstanding ease of use, exceptional image quality and brightness, combined with the ability to provide limitless projection needs ranging from permanent installations to portable applications. "The increasing growth of businesses in need of versatile and reliable desktop portable projection products has prompted industry manufacturers to develop a multitude of presentation solutions," said Mike Santiago, director of marketing for the Visual Systems Division at NEC Technologies.  "We are honored to be singled out from a crowded field as the MVP Award winner in the boardroom projection category.  It signifies our ability and commitment to deliver customers the products they need to succeed, while reinforcing our leadership as the manufacturer of choice for the most complete line of visual presentation systems." According to PC Computing judges, "The MultiSync MT1035+'s triple LCD panel supports the high SXGA resolution while delivering gorgeous color and smooth video playback.  NEC's boardroom projector hits 1,300 lumens for great looking graphics, slides and video, allowing users to 'wow' their audiences without even dimming the lights."  Additional product features that set the MT1035+ apart from competition include AutoSense(TM) Technology, the ability to quickly synchronize to multiple incoming data and video signals and Advanced AccuBlend(TM), for intelligent pixel blending that displays non-native high - and low-resolution images. The MultiSync MT family of products includes a long line up of presentation enhancement projectors, including the latest generation, the MT40 series, which began shipping in November 1999.  All MT series projectors are fully backed by complete InstaCare(R), InstaCare Xpress(SM) and TravelCare(SM) warranty programs that exceed the level of service and support today's professionals have come to expect from their presentation solution providers.

 Juhani Viherlahti