Microsoft Announces Enterprise Development Partners Program

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 1996 —
Today at the Visual Basic® Insiders Technical Summit (VBits) in San Francisco, to an audience of more than 2,000 developers, Microsoft Corp. announced the Enterprise Development Partners program, a new component of the company’s highly successful third-party development-tool partnering program aimed at enterprise developers. Microsoft and the 22 charter members will work together to provide customers with robust, integrated custom client-server tool suites.

“As the capabilities of the Microsoft® Visual Tools and Windows® platforms have increased, so has the size of applications that corporate developers are creating with them,”
said Evan Quinn, research manager for application development tools at International Data Corp.
“In large applications, capabilities such as complex modeling and testing are becoming increasingly important. Microsoft has responded by forming this partners program with the industry’s top vendors.”

Vendors in the program will receive numerous technical and marketing-related benefits. Partners will receive access to early alpha releases of Microsoft software and invitations to technical summits focusing on joint integration of Microsoft and partner development tools. In addition, the program will offer co-marketing opportunities for vendors in activities such as joint advertising, enterprise partner catalogs, case studies and seminars.

“Customers will gain business benefits such as reduced development time, higher quality applications and greater reuse through the efforts of the Enterprise Development Partners program,”
said Jon Roskill, director of marketing for Visual Basic at Microsoft.
“The program provides the foundation to expand large corporate development using Microsoft Visual Tools.”

“The tight partnering and integration of Microsoft Visual Tools with the enterprise tool vendors’ products in this program will allow us to create a standard, integrated development environment for all of our development teams,”
said John Stewart, supervisor of application development at Carnival Cruise Lines.
“With these tools in place, project development will become less dependent on the individual developer and reuse will certainly increase.”

The charter members of the Enterprise Development Partners program are Applied Information Sciences Inc.; Asymetrix Corp.; Attachmate Corp.; Cadre Technologies Inc.; CenterView Software; Crescent Division of Progress Software; Crystal, A Seagate Software Company; Diamond Head Software Inc.; Digital Equipment Corp.; Intersolv Inc.; LBMS Inc.; LogicWorks Inc.; Mercury Interactive; Parity Software Development Corp.; Popkin Software Systems Inc.; Rational Software Corp.; Rockwell Software Inc.; Select Software Tools; Sheridan Software Systems Inc.; SQA; Sterling Software; and Wall Data Inc.

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) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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For Online Enterprise Partners Program Support Information:

Visit the Microsoft developer page for information on companies supporting the Enterprise Development Partners program at

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