Microsoft to Host Largest Internet Developers Conference

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 19, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. will unveil its Internet development strategy to thousands of developers at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) – Building Internet Applications, to be held March 12-14 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and CEO, will discuss the future of the Internet and the computer industry and ways developers can extend today’s technologies on the Internet. Paul Maritz, executive vice president of the platforms group, will present Microsoft’s strategy for integrating the PC with the Internet and ways developers for the Microsoft® Win32®
application programming interface and OLE can extend their investments in this area.

The Internet PDC features highly technical sessions delivered by developers from Microsoft product groups, breakout sessions that get to the technological core of developing for the Internet, and developer-staffed hands-on rooms for trying out the latest Internet technologies presented at the conference. The interactive trade show will demonstrate firsthand new Internet development tools, Internet server API (ISAPI) extensions, and OLE Controls from Microsoft and more than 60 third-party vendors.

“Microsoft has 4.5 million developers who are developing to our platforms,”
said Doug Henrich, director of developer relations at Microsoft.
“We are committed to providing the tools, technologies and information they need to make it easy to incorporate Internet functionality. We want to help developers extend what they know today and bring them new tools to innovate on the Internet and make it an active experience.”

In-Depth Technical Sessions

Developers can choose from hundreds of technical breakout sessions and will learn firsthand how to implement the technologies and tools to develop the next generation of 32-bit applications for the Internet. Topics of these sessions will include the following:

  • Internet client architecture (

  • OLE Controls

  • Internet server technology (Microsoft Internet Information Server, etc.)

  • Internet development environments (C++, Visual Basic®
    Script and more)

  • Multimedia technologies (DirectX, Games Software Development Kit [SDK], RealityLab)

  • Microsoft Foundation Class Libraries (MFC)

  • Windows®
    Sockets development

  • Communications technologies (conferencing API, speech API)

  • Internet application development (security, performance, internationalization, etc.)

The cost for the conference is $1,045; the preconference tracks cost $299. To register, call (800) 545-8240, or (612) 550-6390 outside North America. Operators will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. To register online, send e-mail to [email protected]. For continually updated online information about the conference, visit the showcase site on the Microsoft home page on the World Wide Web at

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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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