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Fading to black . . . Here's what's happening with the CD-ROM and the web
site (Microsoft's official statement follows the FAQ's):
WILL THERE BE A 98 VERSION OF THE CD-ROM?
No. The CD-ROM has been discontinued.
WHERE CAN I BUY THE 97 VERSION?
There may still be some available. You'd have to check with your local
WILL THERE BE ANY MORE UPDATES FOR THE 96 AND 97 VERSIONS?
No. As the product's packaging indicated, owners of the 97 CD-ROM were
entitled to a year's worth of updates the CD was released in September of
1996, the first update was posted during that month. Monthly updates
followed through August of last year and have since been discontinued.=20
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE WEB SITE?
As of June 1st, 1998, content on the site will be scaled back significantly=
However, the existing content, including the archives and CD-ROM Updates
will remain available until December 31st, 1998. After the first of June,
we recommend visiting http://www.sidewalk.com for the latest entertainment
news and reviews.
Everyone on the Cinemania team is extremely proud of what we've accomplishe=
over the last few years and we offer our most sincere thanks for your
It's been a "reel" pleasure!
--The Staff of Cinemania
Date: Feb. 26, 1998
From: Laura Jennings, vice president of the Microsoft Network
Subject: Statement regarding production of Microsoft online entertainment
Over the past several months, Microsoft Corp. has increasingly focused on
providing practical, useful and informative services that better meet the
demand of consumers on the Internet. As a result, Microsoft plans to cease
production of its original Internet entertainment programming this year.
Included in the sites to be discontinued are the various Microsoft produced
shows in the OnStage area of the Microsoft Network, the Cinemania=AE Online
interactive movie guide and the Music Central=AE interactive music referenc=
and entertainment guide. These sites comprise a small fraction of the tota=
programming on the Microsoft Network which includes interactive services,
content sites, and hundreds of regularly refreshed links.
Production of MSN(tm) OnStage shows will be complete as of March 31, 1998,
and will remain on the network for the next several months. Also in the
coming months, Cinemania Online and Music Central will scale back content
and eventually close the sites on Dec. 31, 1998. Cinemania Online and Music
Central archives, basic content and CD-ROM updates will be available
throughout the year. =20
Other sites such as the Slate=AE online magazine and the Internet Gaming Zo=
will be unaffected.
Our research shows that with the exception of games, pure entertainment is
not what people find most valuable on the Web. What they're looking for are
tools and services that enable them to get everyday things done faster and
more easily online. Moving forward, we'll continue to provide great Interne=
access, as well as top-quality search, e-mail and best-of-breed online
products and services in the areas that people care about most.=20
The Microsoft Network of online services will continue to include:
MSN Premier's top-rated Internet access=20
Hotmail, the world's most popular free Internet-based e-mail service
Expedia(tm).com travel service=20
CarPoint(tm) online automotive service
Microsoft=AE Investor investment service=20
Money Insider interactive financial guide
MSNBC news and commentary=20
Slate online magazine
Sidewalk(tm) city guides
Computing Central(tm) computer users information service
Internet Gaming Zone=20
Later this year, Microsoft is scheduled to launch Microsoft Internet Start,
a new Internet start site that will serve as the hub of the Microsoft
Network of online services, providing award-winning search capability, free
e-mail (connect-time charges may apply), Web navigation and easy
We look forward to concentrating our resources on making the Web as useful
and valuable as it can be.