Sonic Unveils Windows Vista Technology Preview

Sonic Also Working with Microsoft to Develop Certified for Windows Vista Digital Media Software Applications

30 January 2007 — To coincide with the forthcoming consumer launch of Microsoft Windows Vista, Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, has unveiled a number of product updates that enable consumers to exploit the new technologies of Microsoft’s innovative new operating system.

The first is the launch of a technology preview that takes full advantage of new Windows Vista technologies to deliver a truly intuitive, interactive, and visually-rich user experience. Roxio Central, which serves as a core access point to digital media tasks across Roxio software products and offers digital-media recording and backup features, is one of the first applications to build upon and exploit Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the presentation sub-system for Vista.

WPF enables software designers and developers to create unique software applications that offer rich 3D graphics, animations, transitions and stunning visuals. Sonic plans to provide the technology as a download from www.roxio.com and www.windowsvista.com later this quarter.

In addition, Sonic is also working with Microsoft to develop digital media applications that optimise and enhance consumers’ experience with Windows Vista.  Certified for Windows Vista applications will include a range of Sonic Roxio products such as Easy Media Creator® 9, the company’s flagship digital media software suite of CD and DVD authoring, burning, photo, video, and music tools.  The suite includes extensive support for portable entertainment devices, high-definition video editing tools, and ground-breaking audio creation and enjoyment features, and is expected to be certified through the premium Certified for Windows Vista Logo programme within the consumer launch window.

“We are delighted to extend our relationship with Microsoft and use the Vista platform to provide consumers a glimpse into the future,” said Stan Wong, general manger, Roxio division of Sonic Solutions. “Our early work with Microsoft’s next-generation tools and technologies has helped accelerate the development of applications that exploit unique Vista capabilities that will revolutionise digital media experiences on the PC. We look forward to delivering applications that integrate well with Windows Vista and complement and enhance consumers’ experiences of the forthcoming operating system.”

“We are extremely pleased that Sonic is one of the technology leaders engaged in supporting the launch of Windows Vista,” said Dave Wascha, director of partner marketing for Windows Vista at Microsoft Corp. “Easy Media Creator 9 is a solid complement to the premium experiences in Windows Vista and will help increase consumers’ enjoyment of working with personal photos, videos and music.”

As part of the Windows Vista launch program agreement between Microsoft and Sonic, Microsoft will showcase Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 as a complimentary application to Windows Vista, in a range of venues and programs across Europe.

 

About Sonic Solutions
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC; http://www.sonic.com) is the leader in digital media software, providing a broad range of interoperable, platform-independent software tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users, and technology partners. Sonic's products range from advanced DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies used to produce the majority of Hollywood DVD film releases, to the award-winning Roxio®-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup solutions that have become the premier choice for consumers, prosumers and business users worldwide.

Sonic products are globally available from major retailers, online at Sonic.com and Roxio.com, and are bundled with PCs, after-market drives and consumer electronic devices. Sonic's digital media creation engine is the de facto standard and has been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Roxio, and Roxio Easy Media Creator are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Solutions or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

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