Microsoft to Release Visual C++ Product For Client/Server and Intranet Developers

SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today introduced the Enterprise Edition of the Microsoft® Visual C++® development system to 1,500 developers at the Visual C++ Developers Conference. Based on the most popular C++ system available today for the Windows® 95 and Windows NT®
operating systems, Visual C++ version 4.2, Enterprise Edition fills an immediate need of developers building advanced client/server solutions.
Visual C++, Enterprise Edition provides a complete toolset for developing C++ applications and components that access remote databases, including SQL databases, and take advantage of the latest Internet and ActiveX

“We designed Visual C++, Enterprise Edition to satisfy the rapidly growing demand of corporate development teams implementing information systems that integrate traditional client/server and SQL database technology and the new Internet Web technology,”
said Bob Muglia, vice president of developer tools at Microsoft.

Designed to be the most complete C++ tool bridging the client and server components of a database or intranet application, Visual C++, Enterprise Edition includes the following:

  • A new Data View feature that allows developers to edit and view both SQL database stored procedures and the C++ functions that call them – from within the same development environment.

  • An integrated SQL debugger for stepping from C++ source code running on a client to a stored database procedure running on a remote server. As the first C++ product to debug both kinds of code together, Visual C++, Enterprise Edition overcomes a major obstacle to creating reliable applications.

  • Data controls that bind to database fields and records for viewing, selecting, updating and deleting the elements of a local or remote database. In addition, data controls can be bound to any ActiveX data source control. ActiveX is an open, cross-platform specification supported by Microsoft that enables developers to bring interactivity to the World Wide Web.

In addition to strong database support, Visual C++, Enterprise Edition includes the powerful Internet capability recently announced as part of Visual C++ version 4.2, Professional Edition. The special Internet capability includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Support for the new WinInet Library API , used to make the Internet an integral part of an application and simplify access to the FTP, HTTP and gopher Internet services

  • Faster, more flexible ActiveX Controls for interactive Web-based applications that can include drawing optimizations, flicker-free activation, windowless objects and nonrectangular objects

  • HTML syntax coloring and the ability to read and write both GIF and JPEG file formats.

  • New Crystal Reports

    ™ for exporting report files that are automatically ready for use on the World Wide Web.

Because corporate projects can become complex, Visual C++, Enterprise Edition helps teams of developers share and synchronize changes by including links to Microsoft’s and other companies’ source-code control systems. Microsoft’s version control system, Visual SourceSafe
, is also included.

Pricing and Availability

Microsoft Visual C++ 4.2, Enterprise Edition is scheduled to be available to the public in September for approximately $999. Current licensed owners of Microsoft Visual C++ version 4.0, Professional Edition or Visual C++, Subscription Edition can upgrade to Visual C++ 4.2, Enterprise Edition for approximately $499 (U.S). As a promotional offer, Microsoft is including with Visual C++ 4.2, Enterprise Edition, a developer edition of the Microsoft SQL Server
database, a $499.00 value. To obtain Visual C++ 4.2, Enterprise Edition, customers should contact their local software dealer or call Microsoft at (800) 719-5577.

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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.

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

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