Microsoft Site Builder Conference Attendees to Receive Latest Web Development Tools

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 14, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that all attendees of the Microsoft® Site Builder Conference, scheduled to take place at the San Jose Convention Center Oct. 28-30, will receive a special technology preview of the Visual Basic® programming system version 5.0 Control Creation Edition, featuring the most advanced ActiveX
Control creation capabilities, and the newest member of the visual tools family code-named
“Internet Studio.”
A total of more than 20 Microsoft products and technologies are planned to be given to all attendees of this conference. For those who need to stay current in Web site and application development technology, there is still time to register for the conference by calling (800) 765-3705 or visiting the conference Web site at /webdev/ .

The Visual Basic 5.0 Control Creation Edition is a new member of the Visual Basic family that allows developers to easily create ActiveX Controls. These controls can be included in any application that hosts ActiveX Controls, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Visual Basic-based applications and Microsoft Office 97. ActiveX, whose core technologies’ evolution and deployment are being led by The Open Group, currently represents a $240 million-per-year industry and is the first object technology to create a commercial market for components. More than 1.7 million developers are currently using ActiveX.

Keynote speeches by Paul Maritz, group vice president of the platforms group at Microsoft, and Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and CEO, will be given on the first and last days of the conference, respectively.

Paul Maritz will open the conference with a keynote speech introducing Microsoft’s platform strategy for the Internet and intranets. His speech will cover a broad range of the latest technologies available to Web developers and discuss how numerous companies are complementing Microsoft’s Web development strategy with a wide set of authoring and development tools.

The closing keynote, to be delivered by Bill Gates the morning of Oct. 30, will disclose Microsoft’s long-term technology strategy regarding Web development, future directions of Internet technologies, and Microsoft’s Internet commerce strategy.

The Site Builder Conference is intended for those building Internet and intranet sites and applications based on HTML, ActiveX technologies, Java
and scripting technologies. The conference will include three preconference workshops, six general sessions, five conference tracks, more than 60 technical breakout sessions, a demonstration pavilion and hands-on stations. Specific products and technologies attendees will receive include the following:

  • Visual Basic 5.0 Control Creation Edition

  • Internet Studio beta

  • Visual J++

  • “Denali”

  • The Windows NT® operating system version 4.0 and Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) version 2.0

  • The FrontPage
    97 Web authoring and management tool beta

  • Content Replication System (a server included in the

  • Internet Chat Server (a server included in Normandy)

  • Internet Personalization System (a server included in Normandy)

  • Payment and Address Selector Kit

  • Microsoft Index Server

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 Administration Kit

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 Starter Kit

  • NetMeeting
    conferencing software

  • ActiveX Control Gallery

  • ActiveX Control Pad

  • DirectX
    set of APIs

  • WebPost Wizard

  • ADO/fx

  • GIF Animator

  • Microsoft Office Internet Assistants and Viewers

In addition to the products and technologies attendees will receive, many of the breakout sessions are dedicated to showing developers how to use these technologies to increase their productivity and create more compelling Web sites and applications.

The conference registration fee is $995 for those registering before Oct. 18, or $1,195 for those registering later. For registration information and agendas, please visit the Web site for the Microsoft Site Builder Conference.

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, Visual Basic, ActiveX, Windows NT, FrontPage, NetMeeting and DirectX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc.

Other company and product names herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Note regarding conference: Media-only sessions with each keynote speaker will be held after each address.

Note regarding registration: To register for the conference or to reserve housing, call
(800) 275-0070 or (503) 245-0800, ext. 6901.

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