Press releases from May 2006


Futuremark Corporation Develops Performance Analysis Tools and Services for Microsoft Windows Vista

May 16, 2006 - Jani Joki


Futuremark Corporation Develops Performance Analysis Tools and Services for Microsoft Windows Vista

Microsoft signs significant multi-year deal with benchmark software developer



Saratoga, CA – May 16th, 2006 – Futuremark, creators of world’s most widely used benchmarks for PCs and handhelds, today announced they have signed a deal with Microsoft Corp. The contract covers online services and performance analysis tools in support of Microsoft Windows XP and the upcoming Windows Vista operating systems. Financial details related to the venture have not been disclosed.

Futuremark currently provides online services for Microsoft, including the highly successful Windows Game Advisor. The new contract continues provision of the current online services and will expand the offering with a new web application that has yet to be announced. Futuremark will also independently be developing comparative performance tools to for use on Windows Vista.

Futuremark has been providing benchmarking tools for the PC market since 1997, leveraging that experience and IP in their web based performance analysis services. Game Advisor, first launched in 2003, utilizes Futuremark’s core competency in system comparisons and their database of system performance profiles. The service has furnished millions of consumers with free, real time system compatibility for hundreds of 3D game titles, and makes hardware upgrade recommendations based on individual title requirements. Microsoft has worked with game publishers, and PC manufacturers to populate the Futuremark managed service.

The deal announced today ensures further development of Game Advisor, along with expanding services to new application areas within the Windows Marketplace “As a leader in benchmarking and professional performance analysis tools, and a well-known brand among 3D gaming enthusiasts – especially the 3DMark suite of tools --, Futuremark was a natural choice for Microsoft to partner with on the Game Advisor.” Mike Wehrs, director of business development, at Microsoft said.

“We are proud of our growing relationship with Microsoft, and extremely pleased to expand it through this mutually beneficial deal” said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark. “Our current services are a great value for Microsoft and the global community of active and casual gamers alike. We’re excited to furnish those services in new markets and participate in the much anticipated release of Windows Vista.”

About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark ® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs and smartphones. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 13 million real life benchmarking results from over 3 million registered users. Futuremark® maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com

Futuremark Contact:

Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Email: tero@futuremark.com



Futuremark Corporation Named as "Red Herring 100 Europe" Award Winner

May 8, 2006 - The Admin


Futuremark Corporation Named as
"Red Herring 100 Europe" Award Winner

Award Recognizes the 100 "Most Promising" Firms Driving the Future of Technology.



Saratoga, CA - April 8th, 2006 - Red Herring today announced that Futuremark Corporation is a recipient of Red Herring 100 Europe, a selection of the 100 private companies based in the EMEA region that play a leading role in innovation and technology.

"Market obstacles remain but our list shows that great companies are being created in Europe," said Red Herring editor-in-chief Joel Dreyfuss.

Red Herring's lists of top private companies are an important part of the magazine's tradition of identifying new and innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs. Companies like Google, eBay and Skype were spotted in their early days by Red Herring editors as those that would change the way we live and work.

Futuremark CEO Comments on Award

"Futuremark's business has grown remarkably over the last few years. We've released and updated a suite of system performance measurement products that have been enthusiastically adopted by consumers, the media and both the PC and mobile device industries. Our service applications have enabled online PC analysis for gamers and software buyers, while providing valuable consumer data to our clients. And our technology demo team has been helping our clients bring exciting new products and technologies to market by demonstrating capabilities via vivid 3D graphics and games. We are proud to have these achievements recognized by Red Herring and would like to express thanks to our wonderful clients and forward looking partners" said Futuremark CEO Risto Vehviläinen.

Evaluating and Honoring Recipients

Red Herring's editorial staff rigorously evaluated more than 700 private companies through a careful analysis of financial data and subjective criteria, including quality of management, execution of strategy, and dedication to research and development.

To honor the CEOs of Red Herring 100 Europe companies, Red Herring has invited each CEO to present his or her company at its Venture Market Europe 2006 conference, a forum for technology's most exciting companies to share their insights on the future of innovation and the entrepreneurial journey. Scheduled for May 8-10, at the Westin Paris, this intimate, three-day conference will explore the trends, technologies and people affecting the IT sphere in the EMEA region. Last year's optimistic outlook has been revisited and reflected in the 2006 theme "Old World, New Hope - 100 Reasons to Believe in Europe's Innovative Edge."

About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark ® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software products for PCs and smartphones, and professional services including technology demos, performance analysis services and data research projects. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 13 million real life benchmarking results from over 3 million registered users. Futuremark® maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

About Red Herring

Red Herring is a sophisticated insider's guide to the business of technology, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy, from the Internet to wireless communications and digital entertainment. Red Herring reports on how innovation and entrepreneurship are transforming business and how the business of technology is transforming the world, providing readers with a deep understanding of venture capital and capital markets. Recognized as an essential resource in today's fast-changing business world, Red Herring gets the right answers before anyone else even thinks to ask the questions. More information on Red Herring is available on the Internet at www.redherring.com.

Futuremark Contact:
Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Email: tero@futuremark.com



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