MICROSOFT ANNOUNCES OPEN BETA FOR FIGHTER ACE GAME

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Redmont, WA, November 26, 1997 -- Microsoft announced today that it has entered an open-beta testing period for Fighter Ace, its upcoming Internet-only game designed specifically for the Internet Gaming Zone. Additional testers are being sought to stress-test the Fighter Ace servers and give comments that will help the development team make the final tweaks necessary before the game goes live this winter.

"We want to make sure that Fighter Ace is the easiest-to-use and most fun World War II dogfighting game on the Net," said Todd Stevens, product marketing manager for the Internet Gaming Zone. "The only way we can test the limits of our technology is by getting loads of people to stress-test our servers."

Fighter Ace, developed by VR-1, is Microsoft's first premium, online-only game for its Internet Gaming Zone. When the game goes live this winter, Fighter Ace will allow over 100 players to dogfight in the same arena. Pilots will be able to fly in "free-for-all," private game, and team-play modes. In addition, Fighter Ace will offer variable difficulty levels (rookie through expert), player profiles, plus great aircraft graphics and terrain modeling.

Starting today, users interested in enrolling in the open-beta program can go to http://beta.zone.com/fabeta/signup.asp.

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