Microsoft Announces Availability of Advanced Data Connector

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 18, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® Advanced Data Connector (ADC) version 1.0, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Web site. Microsoft ADC changes the face of Web application design by delivering a new data access technology that allows developers to create distributed, data-centric applications. Microsoft ADC provides the underlying infrastructure to link databases on Web servers with data-aware controls within ActiveX
technologies for Microsoft Internet Explorer .

“Microsoft Advanced Data Connector advances Web application development and enables customers to deploy strategic data-centric applications on both the Internet and corporate intranets,”
said David Vaskevitch, vice president of database and transaction systems at Microsoft.
“The delivery of this technology underscores Microsoft’s commitment to the Internet and the Microsoft Active Server platform.”

By providing dynamic links between the browser, the application server and the database, Microsoft Advanced Data Connector provides seamless interaction with databases on corporate intranets and over the Internet. A component of the Microsoft Active Server platform, Microsoft ADC provides client-side caching of data results, update capability on cached data, use of remote objects over the Internet, and integration with data-aware ActiveX Controls. Microsoft ADC allows developers to use OLE Automation objects and ActiveX Controls to partition business logic to make the most effective use of client and server resources. It also provides developers with a consistent object programming model for Internet applications and traditional client/server applications through support of both DCOM and HTTP.

Microsoft Advanced Data Connector is tightly integrated with Microsoft SQL Server
and provides both query and update capabilities from Web-based clients. This release of Microsoft ADC also allows developers to query data in Oracle and other ODBC-compliant databases. Microsoft ADC is compatible with other Microsoft products such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0, Internet Information Server 3.0 with Active Server Pages, and Microsoft Transaction Server 1.0.

How It Works

Microsoft ADC provides the power of distributed Web programming and is optimized for fast, client-side caching, navigation and updating. Developers can easily build applications that leverage the local cache of data from the server, enabling easy navigation, browsing and local updating of the data from within the client without continuous, expensive network access to the database. Client-side changes can be sent back to the application server, where they can be processed by business rules encapsulated in server objects. Microsoft ADC is built on Microsoft OLE DB, which provides universal access to data stored in diverse information sources.

Portions of the Microsoft Advanced Data Connector were developed by Sheridan Software Systems Inc., including technology to support data controls in the Visual Basic® programming system.

Pricing and Availability

Microsoft Advanced Data Connector 1.0 is available today for download, free of charge, from the World Wide Web (connect-time charges may apply). For more information or to download the product, please visit .

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