Microsoft and Asia Connect Announce Strategic Alliance

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 5, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. and Asia Connect today announced a broad technology alliance. Asia Connect is the first company in the Asia-Pacific area to license the Microsoft® Commercial Internet System and will use the Microsoft BackOffice
™based system to run a variety of services.

Microsoft’s tradition of excellence and commitment to Internet technologies made this the right choice for Asia Connect.

By deploying the Commercial Internet System, we will gain a tremendous technical advantage across our wide range of Internet projects,
“said Raymond Cheng, president and CEO of Asia Connect.”
The Microsoft Commercial Internet System will be the core technology and foundation for all of our Internet and broadband initiatives.
Microsoft and Asia Connect are working together to deliver superior Internet-based services to Asia Connect’s customers,
“said Cameron Myhrvold, vice president, public network sales at Microsoft.”
As a leader in Internet services, Asia Connect is evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly changing marketplace. Asia Connect’s commitment to our Commercial Internet System is the beginning of an alliance that will take advantage of the strengths of both companies.

The agreement enhances all of Asia Connect’s consumer and commercial services.

The Commercial Internet System that Asia Connect is licensing is built on the powerful Microsoft Windows NT® Server network operating system with integrated Microsoft Internet Information Server. This open platform technology is an advanced set of software tools used for delivering interactive services and creating, managing and distributing content. The Microsoft Commercial Internet System offers the power to support tens of thousands of concurrent users, the scalability to support millions of users per day, and the openness to work with applications and extensions developed by Internet developers.

Malaysia’s Asia Connect is an Internet service provider focused on developing Asian-rich content and serving Web- and transaction-based solutions for retail organizations, financial institutions, broadcasters, corporations and government agencies. Its scope of work includes network consulting, integration, development, maintenance, security, database development, Web site design, multimedia production, content development and marketing consulting. Asia Connect will use the Commercial Internet System to build some of the most extensive efforts offered on the Internet to date, including the following:

  • PenangNet. Asia Connect will build a fiber-to-home-based network covering the entire state of Penang, including residences, businesses, schools and government agencies, by the end of 1997. Asia Connect will use the Microsoft Commercial Internet System as the platform for PenangNet.

  • 1998 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games, which are being hosted in Malaysia in 1998, will use Asia Connect as the technology provider for Internet services. Asia Connect will use the Microsoft Commercial Internet System as the software solution for these services.

  • Asia Connect Internet services and Web hosting. Asia Connect will begin to deploy Microsoft Commercial Internet System as the foundation for its many services, including Web hosting and providing Internet connectivity to businesses and consumers.

The Microsoft Commercial Internet System will enable Asia Connect to provide complete and innovative services to its customers, based on the Microsoft Commercial Internet Mail Server, Microsoft Commercial Internet News Server, Microsoft Membership System, Microsoft Content Replication System, Microsoft Personalization System, Microsoft Conference Server and Microsoft Merchant Server.

THB Asia connect Sdn Bhd, established in June 1995, is a leading Internet solutions company focused on enabling electronic commerce in Malaysia and Asia. With the combination of the expertise of its team and leading-edge technology, Asia Connect has the creative and technical strengths to deliver innovative Internet solutions. This is affirmed by its strong client base in key economic sectors such as finance, commerce, transport, communications, services and manufacturing. Its range of products and services include network consultancy, integration, development and maintenance; Internet security; database development; Web site design; multimedia production; content development; and Internet marketing consultancy.

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, BackOffice and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Asia Connect is a registered trademark of Asia Connect.

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