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Section B.3. Windows Media

B.3. Windows Media

Capability Rating
Browser compatibility and percent of browsers with Plug-in Excellent.
Interactive sound design capabilities Fair. Format is designed primarily for streaming audio. Simple synchronized media presentations such as slide shows, audio with moving text, captions, and pictures.
Software cost for encoding and streaming Free. Must have NT/Windows 2000.
Level of documentation and support Good.
Audio encoding and content generation Easy.
Audio authoring and delivery Medium. Requires Windows NT expertise. Windows Media Server comes pre-installed on NT.
Audio fidelity and compression Good.
Low-bandwidth performance Good.
Server performance and quality of software tools for large-scale streaming Excellent—Microsoft NT/Windows 2000 Server. Windows Media provides good support for large-scale broadcasting of thousands of simultaneous steams. Does not support the Unix platform.



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