What is the Frontier?

The Microsoft Agent Frontier Empire is a community formed by Konnor88 on May 25th, 2018. It primarily focuses on Microsoft Agent characters and their development. This website is also the official website for TMAFE software, which can be found on the Products page.        

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What is Microsoft Agent?

Microsoft Agent was a technology developed by Microsoft which employed animated characters, text-to-speech engines, and speech recognition software to enhance interaction with computer users. Thus it was an example of an embodied agent. It came pre-installed as part of Windows 98 through Windows Vista. It was not included with Windows 7 but can be downloaded from Microsoft. It was completely discontinued in Windows 8. Microsoft Agent functionality was exposed as an ActiveX control that can be used by web pages. Microsoft provides four agent characters for free, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Agent website. These are called Peedy, Merlin, Genie, and Robby. Some characters also shipped with Microsoft Office up to version 2003 as the Office Assistants and with Windows XP as search assistants. New Agent characters can also be created using Microsoft's development tools, including the Agent Character Editor. Agents can be embedded in software with Visual Basic for Applications and in web pages with VBScript, and automated tools for the purpose of simplifying this exist. However, web page agents are only compatible with Internet Explorer, since alternative browsers like Opera or Mozilla Firefox do not support ActiveX. Additionally, users of Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP and later or owners of Microsoft Office 2000 and later are the only ones who have Agent software pre-loaded on their computers; others have to download the software and install it manually.

News Blog

October 27th, 2020 - Hosts were swapped to again! We now have a better and faster host! The best part yet, is that we also uploaded the file upload limit to 16 MBs! Enjoy being able to upload above the 10 MB limit from before!

October 14th, 2020 - The SSL certificate has been renewed yet again! We also are going to fulfill our promise made in April this year, and bring the MS Agent software section soon!

July 2nd, 2020 - Decided to finally get around to updating this news section. Anyways, if you haven't noticed, over the past 2 months, the site has had a lot of changes. the most recent of which is the MS-Agent-Hosting-2 and MS-Agent-Hosting directories now have the dark theme on them. Not only that, a light theme was also added to the site. It can be enabled under the Facts section of this page. Pages are also now fully HTTPS with no HTTP variant. We also made the .HTML at the end of a page not necessary, so pages like "upload.html" can work still under just "upload".

April 28th, 2020 - TMAFE.COM now has a new and updated privacy / cookie policy! In order to continue using the site and our software, you must accept it. The policy can be found here.
April 26th, 2020 - Frontier Web Browser V10 Alpha 4 has been compiled! It will be available for download and testing soon. It has had a massive change from the previous 2 alpha builds. It now ultizes the Gecko V60 engine, while previously using Gecko V45 engine in the previous 2 alphas. Frontier Web Browser X will also be the first version of FWB to ditch the Chromium engine.  TMAFE.COM also has renewed its SSL certificate, which means HTTPS is back on the site! We also plan to create an archive section for old Microsoft Agent software, since many of the sites hosting MS Agent software are being shutdown due to inactivity.

April 25th, 2020 - New Microsoft Agent Languages components were discovered, which include the languages of: Arabic, Basque, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish. Not only that, but the TMAFE website has swapped to a different host. The site is now hosted on InfinityFree instead of DreamHost.