750,000 Microsoft Exchange Seats Installed in Product’s First Six Months

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 10, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that International Data Corp. estimates more than 750,000 people have begun using Microsoft®
Exchange Server in the product’s first six months. The announcement was made at the opening of the second annual Microsoft Exchange Deployment Conference opening here today.

“We are extremely excited with the momentum behind Microsoft Exchange Server,”
said Rich Tong, vice president in the desktop and business systems division at Microsoft.
“Independent research has shown that customer satisfaction is among the highest of any DBSD product, with over 90 percent satisfied with Microsoft Exchange. This is reflected with the worldwide commitment to Microsoft Exchange Server and the corporate, channel and ISV attendees here at the deployment conference.”

More than 2,000 corporate, reseller, system integrator and independent software vendor (ISV) representatives from 28 countries and 800 companies are attending the three-day Microsoft Exchange Deployment Conference, where attendees will learn the latest technical information for deploying, supporting and developing groupware applications for Microsoft Exchange Server. The conference features keynote addresses by Bob Herbold, COO of Microsoft; Brian Valentine, general manager of Microsoft Exchange development; and Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Computer Corp. Conference sessions will be delivered by enterprises deploying Microsoft Exchange Server, including Aetna, Allied Signal, Digital Equipment Corp., The Dun & Bradstreet Corp., EDS, General Electric Co., Merck Pharmeceutical and Texaco.

Ian Campbell, director of collaborative computing at International Data Corp. (IDC), estimates that there are 750,000 users of Microsoft Exchange.
“Microsoft Exchange is a robust product with a very strong long-term outlook. There are incredible opportunities for third-party developers as companies integrate Microsoft Exchange with the Internet and legacy systems to provide a unified medium for corporate information.”

More than 125 independent development companies have built solutions around Microsoft Exchange since its introduction; 35 of them are demonstrating their solutions here at the Deployment Conference.
“We see Microsoft Exchange Server as an ideal platform for leveraging and expanding the reach of our search-and-retrieval technologies,”
said Peter Klante, vice president of marketing at Fulcrum Technologies Inc., a leading developer of indexing and retrieval software including Fulcrum FIND! for Microsoft Exchange Server.
“We are encouraged by the ease with which our customers have been able to deploy rich information-retrieval solutions using Microsoft Exchange Server in combination with Fulcrum FIND!. There is real excitement from our existing customers, and from a whole new community of potential users of this technology.”

Resellers and Microsoft Solution Providers are expanding their support for Microsoft Exchange Server with more than 12,000 professionals currently trained on the product.
“Our technology services consulting organization has seen strong demand from corporate customers interested in deploying Microsoft Exchange and developing applications,”
said Howard Diamond, president of Stream International Inc.’s corporate services business unit.
“Customers see Microsoft Exchange as a rich messaging and groupware product that provides a complete business productivity solution.”

Microsoft Exchange Server contains e-mail and built-in groupware to allow group scheduling, discussion databases, document sharing and other customer applications to improve business productivity. The product shipped and was launched on April 2, 1996.

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