Microsoft made the beta version of its NetShow 2.0 multimedia software available last week.
NetShow is designed to offer developers ways to stream synchronised multimedia across the Internet without taking up masses of bandwidth.
Microsoft has already said it hopes the technology will enable organisations to broadcast events such as radio programmes across the Internet.
The technology is part of Microsoft's IIS 3.0 (Windows NT) and will compete head-on with Progressive Technology's Real Player - which streams audio and video.
The final version of NetShow 2.0 will be available in late spring.
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