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Announce Micromurf Drive 95

Topic: microsoft

ANNOUNCE: Micro$murf Drive 95

New Version of Their Popular Car Operating System(tm)

"Drive 95 will change the way people drive their cars forever," says Jill Bates, CEO of Micro$murf.

Micro$murf are proud to announce the release of Drive 95(tm) -the long-awaited and much-discussed new version of their Car Operating System(tm). Drive 95, previously code-named Chi-Car-Go, is a major new release and contains many important improvements over the previous version, Drive 3.11(tm). Several new features have also been implemented. This announcement outlines the most prominent improvements and new features of Drive 95.

True Multi-tasking (Well, Almost)

In Drive 3.11, turning on the radio while driving usually meant that the steering, brake and transmission systems stopped working, and also that the image on the wind-shield 'froze' and thus no longer displayed an up-to-date view of the road ahead. This could sometimes be a problem, especially while the car was moving at high speed. The reason for this behavior was that Drive 3.11 allowed the radio to take full control over the car. If the radio wasn't carefully designed to return control (called 'yielding'; not to be confused with another driving term) to the Car Operating System, it would use the entire power of the car just to play music. The same was true for the cigarette-lighter, the rear window heater, the blinkers, and many other features of the car. This is called cooperative multi-tasking; the various functions of the car have to voluntarily cooperate with each other and the Car Operating System for the car to work as expected.

Micro$murf, in their never-ending strive to offer users the most efficient solutions based on the latest technology, have therefore introduced preemptive multi-tasking in Drive 95. Preemptive multi- tasking has proved effective and reliable in competing Car Operating Systems for several years. Now you can enjoy music, light a cigarette, work the windshield wipers, and remove mist from the rear window -all at the same time, and while driving! Also, the windshield view doesn't freeze when you look out the side window like it used to; as many windows as you like are continuously updated. Note: to fully reap the benefits of this new feature, all functions of the car must be of the new, so-called 32-bit, type. A wide selection of 32-bit replacement accessories are available rom Micro$murf. (The new 32-bit windshield, Windshield 96, is planned for release during the second quarter of 1996.) Besides, on those occasions when the car seems to be working like it used to under Drive 3.11, the new glossy user interface (see below) is sure to hide this fact from the inexperienced user.

Improved User Interface

Much work has gone into improving the user interface. The most striking change is that Micro$murf's creative and inventive designers have developed the same metaphor that most other Car Operating Systems use: a car on a road! Most beta-testers have found this object- oriented approach much more intuitive than Drive 3.11's application- centered Car Manager(tm), which emphasized on functions such as ignition, transmission and catalytic exhaust cleaning rather than on getting from point A to point B.

Several little pedagogical animations have also been included in the system. As you move things to the glove compartment, for example, you will see them majestically soar across the void, performing a double twist before finally coming to rest at their destination. This will help you understand that the things have indeed been moved.

Another improvement is that with Drive 95, you can give the various objects as long names as you like. You can refer to the cigarette lighter as 'The Cigarette Lighter', rather than as 'CIGLGHTR.EXE'; you can call the steering wheel 'The Steering Wheel', not 'STRNGWHL.EXE'; the windshield wipers can be named 'The Windshield Wipers' instead of 'WSHDWPRS.EXE'; etc. You can also create so-called shortcuts to objects you like to have handy. The car's registration papers, for example, no longer need to be located using awkward and cryptic constructs such as 'C:\FRNTSEAT\DASHBORD\GLVCPTMT\REGISTRA.TXT' -if you use them a lot, simply create a shortcut to them called 'My Car's Registration Papers' and place this shortcut where you want it. Note: if the original document is moved or removed, the shortcut will not be automatically updated. This would simply be impossible with today's technology; however, since there are competing Car Operating Systems that have this feature, Micro$murf expect to include it in a future version.

Plug & Play

Drive 95 also reduces the amount of manual configuration necessary when installing new or updated hardware components. For example, in Drive 3.11, to replace a defective blinker lightbulb with one of a different make and/or model, you had to manually re-wire the whole electric system of the car; changing tires required extensive re-adjustment of the suspension; when installing a horn, you had scores of different so- called 'drivers' (again, not to be confused with another common car term) to choose from, only one of which would work; etc. Drive 95 takes care of these tedious tasks for you, by automatically detecting and enabling available hardware. This is called Plug & Play. Note: this will only work with hardware designed to support Plug & Play. Look for the Plug & Play logo on the box when purchasing hardware for your car.

Storage

Under Drive 3.11, the trunk of the car was divided into two separate compartments, one small and one larger. The smaller one -known as the Driver Operative Storage, or DOS, area - had a fixed size and could therefore not be expanded when necessary; despite this, many important accessories, like some of the 'drivers' previously mentioned, had to be placed in this compartment. The larger one could only be reached through a small latch in the wall between the two compartments. In addition, there were two different methods for packing and accessing luggage in this compartment: Extended Matter Storage (EMS) and Expanded Matter Storage (XMS). Or maybe the other way around. Sometimes, EMS had to be used; at other times, only XMS would work. An important new feature in Drive 95 is the elimination of this wall and thus the need for EMS and XMS. This makes packing a much easier task, at least as long as you're only packing the new 32-bit luggage available from Micro$murf.

Conclusions

Building on the immense popularity of the Drive 3.11 Car Operating System, Drive 95 is expected to become the de facto standard of the car industry shortly. Between the massive marketing campaign and the fact that the competing Car Operating Systems just aren't made by Micro$murf, this is more likely to occur sooner than later. So go with the winner - go with Micro$murf!

Peter Wastholm, Marketing Director, Micro$murf Corp.


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