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PhotoDisc Images Included in Microsoft Plus! 98; PhotoDisc's PowerPics images create innovative desktop theme.

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 1998--PhotoDisc today announced that it has created a new desktop theme which will be included in Microsoft Plus! 98.

Using photographs from its new PowerPics(TM) line of images (available at http://www.powerpics.com), this innovative, branded desktop theme provides a nontraditional look at the concepts of travel and the universe, with the images and customized functional icons including globes, planets, a cartographer's compass and sundials.

The theme, both elegant and easy to use, allows customers to enjoy a desktop experience filled with ethereal images and subtle transitions, designed to be experiential and understated. Custom sounds have been created specifically to complement this theme, along with a compelling and beautiful screensaver that layers images of antique maps, planets and stars across the computer screen.

"PhotoDisc's PowerPics theme provides users of Plus! 98 an elegant designer view of their Windows desktop," said Rob Bennett, group product manager for Windows 98 at Microsoft Corp. "In addition, the PhotoDisc screensaver is bound to be memorable and popular among our Plus! 98 users."

Microsoft Plus! 98 is the ideal consumer companion to the Windows 98 operating system, extending the functionality in Windows 98 by adding utilities, themes and games to let customers further manage, customize and enjoy their PCs.

Customers who choose the PowerPics desktop theme will be able to select additional high-quality, affordable photography for their everyday business documents through an easy-access desktop link to the PowerPics site. Digital images purchased through PowerPics can be used with Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, or any graphics or desk-top publishing application to add impact to a wide variety of everyday business documents and presentations. Visitors to the PowerPics site can choose from thousands of high-quality digital photos covering perennial business themes such as time, money or success, as well as from a wide array of photographic backgrounds and objects captured in PowerPics' 15 different image categories. Prices for PowerPics images range from $4.95 to $8.95, depending on file size: 400K or 5MB.

"We are very excited to be included in Microsoft Plus! 98," says Katherine James Schuitemaker, vice president of strategic relations at PhotoDisc. "We believe in the power of great imagery to inspire creativity and set a mood and hope that the PowerPics desktop theme will spark the customers' imagination in the use of high-quality photos in their everyday work and business environment."

About PhotoDisc

A pioneer and leader in its field, PhotoDisc, Inc. was one of the first publishers of high-resolution digital stock photography. PhotoDisc has been providing images to creative professionals in industries including graphic design, advertising, prepress, publishing, and web and multimedia design since its founding in 1991. PowerPics, PhotoDisc's website targeting mainstream business and SOHO professionals, launched in March 1998 to bring high-quality stock photos at affordable prices to business users via the Internet at http://www.powerpics.com. The PhotoDisc core image library consists of over 60,000 royalty-free images, of which 25,000 are available in thematic CD-ROM collections. Individual images and CD-ROMs are available worldwide for purchase in file sizes up to 28mb from the award-winning PhotoDisc website--http://w ww.photodisc.com--as well as through the company's catalogs and at major software retailers.

PhotoDisc is part of Getty Images, Inc., one of the leading visual content providers worldwide. Getty's high quality visual content portfolio also includes Tony Stone Images, one of the world's leaders in contemporary stock photography; Hulton Getty, one of the two largest, privately owned, archival photograph collections in the world; Allsport, a premier sports photographic agency; Liaison Agency, a leading North American news and photojournalism business; and Energy Film Library, a global leader in stock footage. Further information is available from the company's website at http://www.getty-images.com.

For additional information or to order any PhotoDisc CD-ROM, or for a free catalog, call 206/441-9355 or 800/528-3472 (US and Canada).

PhotoDisc and PowerPics are official trademarks of PhotoDisc, Inc. and are registered in some countries. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are used here for identification purposes only.

CONTACT: PhotoDisc, Inc.

Laurie McEachron, 206/269-1769

lauriem@photodisc.com

http://www.photodisc.com/about/index1.htm
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