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About the New Microsoft News Center Site
A note from the Microsoft News Center team about the new site design and features.

Jan. 4, 2010

Hello,

Those of you who have been visitors to the Microsoft PressPass site in the past will notice that we’ve made a few changes.

First, and most obviously, we’ve changed the name from “Microsoft PressPass” to the “Microsoft News Center.” The site is all about news from Microsoft, and is the authoritative place to go if you are looking for the latest company news and views. Since it is in fact Microsoft’s news center we thought that’s just what we should call it.

If you have been a regular visitor to PressPass in the past you’ll find all the same information here on the News Center. You can still access company information like press releases, feature stories, images, speeches, biographies, downloadable video and broadcast footage, and fact sheets.

One of our goals with the News Center is to continue to broaden the range of content we make available. Over the coming weeks and months you’ll see more videos, slide shows and graphics, which we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. We’ve also made this content easy for you to download, share and reuse.

You’ll also see we’ve updated the look and feel of the site. It starts with the home page, and we are progressively updating the main sections of the site with the new format. Our goal is to make the site easier to use to help you quickly find out what’s happening at the company. Take a look at our coverage of 2010 CES over the course of this week to see some of these changes, including a new Smooth Streaming video experience.

In a company of our size and scope there are always lots of interesting things happening, and many of them are discussed on blogs from various teams and people at Microsoft. You can find some of these via our News Center blog index. In addition, this week we launched a companywide Microsoft Blog. A good post to read first is the introduction by Frank Shaw, our corporate vice president for corporate communications.

We are continuing to work on the site and providing lots of fresh, rich content. Expect to see frequent updates in the weeks ahead.

Please check back regularly, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the News Center RSS feeds to stay up to date.

In the meantime, feel free to send us your feedback and questions. We welcome your comments and want to use your feedback to shape future site updates.

Best,

Sandra LeDuc, Sr. Managing Editor, on behalf of the Microsoft News Center Team

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