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WINDOWS 98: NEW ACCESS FEATURES
Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating system is designed to
make the PC work better by improving computer performance and
making it easier to access the Internet and keep it running in
top form. With Windows 98, the PC "plays" better via support for
the latest graphics, sound, and multimedia technologies, easy
addition and removal of peripheral devices, and by bringing TV to
the user's computer. This version of the Microsoft operating
system builds on features introduced with Windows® 95, and
maintains the best support for older Windows-based applications
and technologies. Specifically, Windows 98 allows the PC user
- Browse their computer and the Internet with Internet
Explorer, giving them one-click access to Windows or the Web
- Communicate via Outlook Express e-mail, Microsoft Chat,
NetMeeting conferencing, and Windows Media Player
- Work faster through performance improvements in getting
started, shutting down, and in between
- Tune their computer through automatic maintenance and new
help and support options
- Have fun with entertainment features involving TV, DVD,
multimonitor support, and Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology
that makes it easier to add and remove peripheral devices
PC users want to enjoy all the Internet has to offer--surfing
the Web for information, shopping for products and services
online, hanging out in newsgroups, and chatting with friends and
family via e-mail. With the Internet features built into
Microsoft® Windows® 98, Microsoft has tried to make it
easier to find the information needed, whether it's on the
computer's hard drive, a local area network, or the Internet. Key
improvements include the following:
- Web-Aware User Interface-lets the user access information
regardlesss of its location.
- Information Delivery-brings the information to the user,
rather than the user having to look for it.
- Smarter Browsing-the user doesn't have to "remember" Web
addresses or file locations, Internet Explorer does it.
- Easy Internet Connections-helps the user find an Internet
service provider or set up their existing account.
With the rapid growth of the Internet, PC users want to be
sure they're fully experiencing the rich multimedia content
available today, and maybe even create some of their own.
Microsoft® Windows® 98 offers a full set of Internet
communication tools that let the user experience some of the more
sophisticated options available through the Internet, such as
full-featured e-mail and news reading and quality audio and video
content. Users can even create their own Web site--complete with
graphics--to post on the Web and share with family and friends.
Windows 98 includes the following Internet communication and
- OutlookTM Express--a full-featured e-mail and news-reading
- Microsoft Chat--a family of chat technologies using text,
avatars, and 3D environments.
- NetMeetingTM Conferencing Software--the complete
collaboration tool, letting users hold a "virtual meeting,"
sharing files, programs, even video and audio over the
- Microsoft Windows Media Player--a multimedia player capable
of receiving live or pre-recorded audio and video transmissions
on the Web.
- FrontPage® Express--an easy-to-use Web page editor and
- Personal Web Server--an easy way to publish pages straight to
Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating system improves the
computer's performance and provides automated tools that make it
easy to keep the PC in tip-top shape. The latest enhancements
- Simple, streamlined setup. Get up and running more quickly
using a faster, more reliable setup.
- Quicker launch. A smarter operating system cuts the time it
takes to open and close programs.
- FAT32. Put more of the computer's hard-disk space to work
with the improved File Allocation Table (FAT).
- Faster shutdown. The new shutdown protocol in Windows 98
shuts the computer down quickly, reliably, and safely.
Computers run best with an occasional tune-up. Microsoft®
Windows® 98 includes a variety of features that helps the
user keep the PC running smoothly and efficiently. From helping
the user learn how to use Windows 98 to making it easier to keep
up to date, these features make it possible to get the most out
of the PC:
- Windows Maintenance Wizard. A tool that schedules regular
- System File Checker. A tool that restores corrupted or
modified operating-system files.
- Troubleshooting Windows 98. A set of tools for
troubleshooting or resolving common operating-system
- Power-management improvements. A group of pre-arranged
power-management schemes (power settings) that make the computer
run more efficiently, based on how the user typically uses
- Accessibility Wizard. A tool that guides the user in setting
options that adapt Windows 98 to his/her needs and
- Windows Update. The online extension of Windows 98, providing
the latest operating system updates and technical support
Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating system transforms an
ordinary computer into an advanced entertainment center by taking
advantage of a range of new-generation hardware accessories and
graphical enhancements. PC users can enjoy desktop computer games
with arcade-style amenities--eye-popping special effects,
dazzling color, and surround sound. Users can even watch
full-length movies or television programs right on their
computer. Windows 98 provides a more exciting and satisfying
multimedia and gaming experience by supporting the following
capabilities and technologies:
- Watch TV on the computer. Install a TV tuner card on the
Windows 98-based computer and the user can watch not only
standard TV, but also new programs with interactive content.
- Adding accessories. Windows 98 supports the Universal Serial
Bus (USB), which makes setting up hardware accessories as easy as
plugging in a coffee pot.
- Multiple Monitor Display Support. A single Windows 98-based
computer can support up to nine monitors.
- DVD support. This optical-disc storage technology encompasses
audio, video, and computer data resulting in theater-quality
video--including full-length films--on the computer.
- Display enhancements. High-performance, component-level
technology supports exceptionally sharp 3-D graphics.
- Support for MMX, AGP, and DirectX 5.0. These technologies
form the foundation of the latest generation of multimedia and
Windows 98 is designed with the goal of making computers
easier to use for everyone, including individuals with
disabilities. It has several new accessibility features in
addition to those already present in Windows 95. The new features
are based on input from users with disabilities and the
organizations representing them, workers in the rehabilitation
field, and software developers who create products for this
market. New accessibility features include the following:
- Accessibility Wizard makes it easier for users and
administrators to set up accessibility options by selecting from
examples instead of having to change numeric values or individual
settings in Control Panel.
- Magnifier displays an enlarged portion of your screen in a
separate window. Please note: Magnifier is not a replacement for
the full-featured magnifiers available from other software
- New Pointers include three sizes in white, black or one that
changes color in order to heighten the contrast with the
- High Contrast Schemes are available in greater number and
variety than the color schemes in Windows 95.
In addition, Windows 98 contains the following features
carried over from Windows 95:
- Size/Color of Navigation Elements benefit users with low
vision or color blindness because they can change the size,
contrast and/or color of window titles, scroll bars, menu text,
and other elements. In addition, the mouse pointer can be
enlarged, animated, and made more high-contrast.
- Special Keys allow users with limited mobility to access an
array of useful features in Windows. StickyKeys enable users who
type with one finger or a head-or-mouth-stick to press two or
more keys simultaneously. FilterKeys disregard keystrokes not
held down for a specified length of time. ToggleKeys make the
computer emit a beep whenever the Caps Lock, Num Lock or Scroll
Lock keys are pressed. And SerialKeys let users control a PC
using alternative or augmentative communication devices.
- Sound Enhancements in the form of ShowSounds and Windows
Chat. ShowSounds allow applications to show captions for sounds
whenever an application has added captions. The Windows Chat
utility enables up to eight users to hold a conversation via
networked computers, which is useful for people who are deaf or
- User Profiles enable people to customize Windows with their
own preferences and then retain that customization the next time
they start the computer.
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