REDMOND, Wash. -- July 17, 2000 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that the final version of Microsoft® Windows Media™ Player 7 will be available for download worldwide at midnight tonight PDT from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia/ and http://WindowsMedia.com/. The latest release adds even more functionality to the fastest growing and only complete all-in-one media player, integrating new audio-CD-creation technology from Adaptec Inc. and a wide array of new skins and visualizations, including a new "Digital DJ" skin that automates and customizes playback of digital audio and video based on user preferences. Windows Media Player 7 brings digital media to the mainstream for millions of users around the world by offering the easiest-to-use application for their digital media needs.
"The release of Windows Media Player 7 represents a digital turning point for both our industry and millions of consumers around the world," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect at Microsoft. "Windows Media Player 7 delivers a unified, easy-to-use player that will break down the barriers to mainstream adoption of digital media."