On 10 March the Melbourne 2006 Games Website was officially launched with a message of support from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
In a pre-recorded message played to the audience at the launch held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, the home of Aquatics for the Games, Gates said “We are excited about the Website, it will be the way for many people around the world to keep track of the Games as they unfold.”
It is expected the Games Website will have 15 million site visitors with more than 22 million page views per day. With a variety of reasons to view the site, it will an avenue of importance for athletes, officials, families, volunteers and the general public to find up-to-date information.
The site is powered by Microsoft and will collect and manage data from scoring and timekeeping systems meaning results will be instant, accurate and without human intervention.
Also at the launch was the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia, Steve Vamos, who said “The Melbourne 2006 Website will be the window to the Games for millions of people all over the world."
Ron Walker, Games Chairman, added “Regional sections will allow sports fans from every corner of the Commonwealth to find regularly updated tailored information on their athletes and nation’s performance.”
The Victorian Minister for Information and Communication Technology, The Hon Marsha Thomson MP, said “The Bracks Government is pleased with the support of Microsoft to help make it the best Commonwealth Games there has ever been."
The Games Website provides journalists and media with 24 hour access to a Web-based publishing system allowing information to be dispatched world-wide at any time of the day or night.Microsoft is the Official Technology Partner for the Games.
The Website marries well with the other technological advances used at the Games such as a Live Mobile TV Showcase and Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) which will allow simultaneous transmission of television, radio, video, audio and Internet information to mobile phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), personal computers and other hand held devices.
Microsoft is also involved in digital entertainment such as providing the software used in Telstra’s live BigPond mobile 3G and broadband service for the Games.