Microsoft At Deadline: May 20, 1996

1. Microsoft Announces dbWeb 1.1, Available at No Charge From Microsoft Internet Developer Toolbox Web Site

REDMOND, Wash., May 20, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft®
dbWeb 1.1, a leading-edge database technology that makes ODBC-compliant databases available for custom Internet and intranet solutions. Microsoft dbWeb, part of the acquisition of Aspect Engineering Software Inc. completed in March 1996, is available today and can be downloaded at no charge from the Microsoft Internet developer toolbox Web site at .

Microsoft dbWeb provides a real-time gateway between ODBC data sources and the Microsoft Internet Information Server, allowing customers to publish information easily on the World Wide Web using dynamically constructed HTML pages. No HTML or CGI programming is necessary. Visitors to the Web site can query the data directly from the data source using familiar hypertext navigation with standard Web browsers. Microsoft dbWeb instantly creates Web pages from any database that supports 32-bit ODBC, including Microsoft SQL Server


, Microsoft Access and the Microsoft Visual FoxPro


database management system.

Microsoft dbWeb will also be available in the next release of the Microsoft

Windows NT

Resource Kit, published by Microsoft Press. The next release of the Resource Kit is planned to coincide with the release of Windows NT version 4.0.

Microsoft, Visual FoxPro and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

2. Microsoft Publisher Reaches 3 Million-User Mark, Maintains

99 Percent Customer Satisfaction Rating

REDMOND, Wash. – May 20, 1996 – Microsoft Corp. today announced it has shipped more than 3 million units of Microsoft®
Publisher, the award-winning desktop publishing program that enables users with little or no design experience to easily create professional-looking materials such as newsletters, fliers, brochures, cards and more. Users applaud its balance of sophisticated tools, automated design, and superior text and graphics in an easy-to-use, easy-to-learn package.

Commanding a strong 99 percent customer-satisfaction rating, Microsoft Publisher meets the needs of a myriad of users in small businesses (those with fewer than 10 employees), nonprofit organizations, home offices, schools and other organizations that want to publish distinctive communications easily and affordably. The unique PageWizard
assistants, templates and tools in Publisher allow users with no prior desktop publishing experience to create a wide variety of professional-quality publications such as letterhead, business cards, greeting cards and more.

Capping a year of industry awards and critical acclaim, Microsoft Publisher recently received the Consumers Digest Best Buy Designation for 1996. The award is given to products recognized as offering outstanding value to consumers. Awards such as this demonstrate why Publisher continues to be a leading application for small-business desktop publishing.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) 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.

Microsoft and PageWizard are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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