Announcement: Microsoft Sidewinder News

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2000
Microsoft in Tune With Gamers' Senses
Three New Products Tap Voice, Touch and Left Hand 
To Give Gamers a Competitive Advantage

	REDMOND, Wash. - March 1, 2000 - Seeking to answer the age-old questions
posed by gamers (I'm talking to you - are you listening? What does this move
really feel like? Why should my right hand have all the fun?), Microsoft
Corp. today unveiled at Gamestock three new products in the successful line
of Microsoft® SideWinder® gaming devices: Game Voice, Force Feedback 2 and
Strategic Commander. 
	"Our goal is to bring an environment to PC gaming in which gamers can truly
feel they are part of the action," said Chris Bull, lead product manager for
SideWinder at Microsoft. "These new devices move gamers closer to that
experience."
	SideWinder Game Voice is a stereo headset that enables gamers to
talk with each other through Internet or LAN connections while also allowing
voice control of game commands. With the touch of a button, gamers can
switch between chatting with each other and issuing such voice commands as
"change weapons," "attack," "jam radar" or "eject." 
	SideWinder Strategic Commander, a first-of-its-kind, left-handed gaming
device specifically designed for strategy games, enhances use of the mouse
and keyboard - complementing both, but replacing neither. The Strategic
Commander has six programmable buttons, three shift buttons and a
three-position profile switch that grants users up to 72 possible key
combinations, placing within easy reach all the most critical building and
unit control tasks. 
	Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback 2 takes current tactile feedback
technology to the next level by introducing the top-of-the-line SideWinder
joystick, complete with more than 100 forces for enhanced realism, a
rotating handle for increased control, a true-to-life throttle and
programmable buttons. On-board power, new colors (two-tone black and grey
with silver accents), and a smaller footprint (less desk space taken up) all
combine to give Force Feedback 2 a solid base providing more balance and a
sleeker look.
	All three products are scheduled to be available in October 2000 where
Microsoft products are sold. Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback 2 is
expected to have an estimated retail price of $109.95; SideWinder Strategic
Commander is expected to have an estimated retail price of $64.95; and
SideWinder Game Voice is anticipated to have an estimated retail price of
$74.95. 

About Microsoft
	Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") 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.

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