Microsoft previews next-generation streaming technology
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Source: Mi2N - December 11, 2001
At Streaming Media East 2001, vice president of the Windows(r) Digital Media Division at Microsoft Corp., Will Poole, previewed Microsoft's new third-generation streaming platform technology, code-named, "Corona." By using "Fast Stream," Corona will give an instant-on, always-on experience, bringing home-theater-like audio and video quality to broadband PC users. The first part of the Corona technologies, Windows Media Services in Windows .NET Server, is currently available for beta testing. New versions of Windows Media Player, Windows Media Audio and Video codecs, and Windows Media Encoder, as well as a new Windows Media Software Development Kit (SDK), (the remaining Corona technologies) are scheduled to be available for beta testing in the first half of 2002.
"The features of this new platform provide both an improved economic proposition for advertisers and capabilities that will move streaming truly into the mass market, such as TV-like responsiveness and great audio and video quality," said Larry Gerbrandt, chief content officer for Kagan World Media.
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