EA Shuts Down Blueprint (who?)

No offense to anyone who worked there, but we have no idea who you were. Secretive internal studio Blueprint has been shuttered by EA, supposedly to house smaller teams who would work together virtually on projects. The only time the studio had any of the public eye was with Boom Blox, which they managed.

That said, EA stated that a sequel to Boom Blox is on its way, and honestly, can’t come soon enough. It still stands as one of the best games on the system. No word on what will happen to any of the other projects they might have been working on.

Maxis invests RM100m in Net-related ventures, BUSINESS TIMES

Business Times (Malaysia) May 17, 2000

Business Times (Malaysia) 05-17-2000 MAXIS Communications Bhd has, to date, invested over RM100 million in Internet-related ventures, a bulk of which has been channeled into building the necessary infrastructure to support delivery of its services. go to website microsoft office online

The most recent of such a venture includes its new Maxis Net e-biz website that was launched yesterday and aimed at assisting small- and medium-sized companies to get online.

The new website, www.maxisbiz.net, will enable companies to extend their reach while improving efficiency as it provides a central location to the best business applications, services and solution, said Mr. Richard Tan, head of Maxis Net.

“E-commerce, both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) will give companies a leading edge over the competitors as well as provide them with a wider marketplace,” said Encik Jamalludin Ibrahim, CEO of Maxis Communications.

With the launch of this new site, Maxis has modestly projected a customer base of between 300 and 500 for the first year, Tan said, adding that it would be difficult at this juncture to project revenue as it is transaction based.

The Maxis e-biz center will give participating companies total solutions, consultation and support services, crucial for growing businesses.

With the new e-biz site, Maxis introduced several more Internet-based services such as the Dial-up Internet access, Web hosting, E-Commerce, Microsoft Office Online and Global Roaming for Internet.

As a result of its partnership with Microsoft, the e-biz site allows users to access any Microsoft Office Application without having to actually purchase the entire software package. site microsoft office online

However, users need to pay “low” monthly rentals for the use of this facility.

“This removes the worry of installing, maintaining and upgrading the software”, said Jamaluddin, adding that the system is based on a new service known as Application Service Providers (ASP).

This makes Maxis the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to also become a major ASP in Malaysia.

By excising the user-friendly site, users can create their own Internet-based store front to sell their products online.