Microsoft Announces Digital Is First “Normandy” Systems Integrator

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 11, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Digital Equipment Corp. is the first systems integrator to help customers implement the Microsoft® platform for Internet services, code-named
“Normandy.”
Normandy provides customers a more compelling Internet presence by delivering rich, personalized Web content, real-time user interaction, and the ability to offer goods and services online.

Normandy is an integrated family of scalable Internet server applications based on the Microsoft Windows NT® Server network operating system. Normandy consists of mail, chat, news, information retrieval, personalization, content replication, white pages and merchant server applications. Normandy is targeted to commercial Web sites, public network operators, Internet service providers and online services.

“We’re excited to have Digital as our first Normandy systems integrator,”
said Cameron Myhrvold, vice president of public network sales and business development at Microsoft.
“Many of our customers need to integrate Normandy with existing legacy systems, plan new or upgraded networks, or develop new and exciting Internet applications. Digital’s vast Internet experience, combined with its strategic commitment to Windows NT, makes it a valuable systems integration partner.”

“Normandy offers an excellent way for customers to use the power of the Internet for even the largest public network operators,”
said Rick Mace, vice president of Digital’s Internet/intranet practice.
“With Digital’s leading-edge systems integration services, customers can be sure their Web presence is well-integrated with their existing systems and operations.”

Normandy Systems Integrators Provide End-to-End Solution

Normandy systems integrators, including Digital Equipment, will gain in-depth training, support and marketing services from Microsoft to assist them in providing customized Normandy systems to their customers. Systems integrators will provide services to Normandy beta customers, such as network design and deployment, integration of Normandy with legacy systems, customer support and help desk, application development, and other consulting services.

The agreement between Microsoft and Digital Equipment expands the existing relationship between the companies. Microsoft and Digital formed the Alliance for Enterprise Computing in August 1995. Its purpose is to deliver integrated, innovative and powerful enterprise computing solutions into even the most complex business environments.

Digital’s Network and Systems Integration Services business unit is a leading integrator of solutions for the Internet and intranet market. This strength is based on Digital’s experience with the Internet from its inception, as well as a unique training program and a comprehensive road map of services. Digital also has the largest number of certified professionals for Windows NT in the world, and it has delivered Internet/intranet engagements at more than 500 customers, including some of the leading Internet service providers.

Normandy components are scheduled to be in beta testing this fall. Information on Normandy will be available at http://www.microsoft.com/internet/normandy/ .

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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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