"SAN FRANCISCO -- In a significant challenge to Microsoft,
RealNetworks plans to announce today a new [open source] version of
its software that can distribute audio and video in a variety of
formats, including Microsoft's own proprietary Windows Media
"The new software is intended for large media companies and
other corporations that need to send audio and video data to
customers and employees in a variety of different formats. But
RealNetworks acknowledged that it was possible that the company
might incur Microsoft's legal wrath.
"Nevertheless, Rob Glaser, a former Microsoft executive who
founded RealNetworks as Progressive Networks in 1994, said he
believed the strategy was good for both Microsoft and
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