Microsoft to Offer Comprehensive Internet and Intranet Developer Conferences

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 12, 1996 — To further demonstrate its commitment to developers, Microsoft Corp. today announced it will offer two comprehensive conferences this fall. For HTML authors and Web site builders who are developing dynamic Web-based solutions for intranets or commercial Internet sites, there is the Microsoft® Site Builder Conference, scheduled Oct. 28-30 at the San Jose (Calif.) Convention Center. For developers who build distributed line-of-business applications or customize components for intranets and the Internet, there is the Professional Developers Conference, scheduled Nov. 3-7 at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center.

Both conferences will feature sessions led by industry experts and Microsoft product architects. More than 7,000 developers are expected to attend.

Site Builder Conference

The Microsoft Site Builder Conference is intended for site builders who are building Internet and intranet sites and applications based on HTML, ActiveX Technologies, Java
and scripting technologies. The objective of the conference is to show attendees how to take advantage of Microsoft Internet technologies (including Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and 4.0, ActiveX and
) for greater productivity and for building more compelling intranet and Internet sites and applications. In addition, the conference will include sessions dedicated to a variety of development tools, from both Microsoft and third parties, focused on building these kinds of applications. Microsoft will also unveil and offer demonstrations of new products. Material at the Site Builders Conference will be covered at a depth similar to that which Microsoft has provided at conferences such as TechEd and VBITS.

Professional Developers Conference

The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has a long tradition of providing developers with in-depth information on leading development platforms and technologies. The PDC is targeted to developers who use the latest Internet technologies to write distributed enterprise applications or build customizable components for intranets or the Internet, LANs and WANs using C and C++ or Java. The PDC will provide technical information on the next generation of distributed services that Microsoft is building into upcoming releases of the Windows® and Windows NT® operating systems, including the Directory Server, the distributed file system and security features. Microsoft will show how ActiveX, Windows NT and the Microsoft BackOffice
family, along with a broad range of development tools, can help developers build robust, scalable intranet and Internet applications more quickly and easily. This conference presents developers with the opportunity to hear about the future of Windows from the team building it.

“The developer community is diverse, and we are committed to providing unparalleled Internet solutions for their specific business challenges,”
said Paul Maritz, group vice president of the platforms group at Microsoft.
“We expect developers to walk away from these conferences with a clear understanding of how to be successful in Internet- or intranet-driven environments.”

Vendors, Demonstrations and Hands-On Stations

These conferences will provide a working showcase for Internet and intranet development tools and components from Microsoft and will feature more than 150 leading third-party vendors. In addition, each conference will feature a hands-on technology room.

The registration fee for each conference is $995 for those confirming their attendance before Sept. 30 or $1,195 for those registering later. For registration information, agendas and a complete list of breakout sessions, visit the Web site for the Microsoft Site Builder Conference at or the Professional Developers Conference Web site at .

The Site Builder Conference is produced by Microsoft and SOFTBANK Expos. SOFTBANK Expos is the world’s largest Internet conference and trade show company and the producer of educational technology events including NetWorld+Interop and Seybold Seminars. Visit the SOFTBANK Web site 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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