Microsoft Announces Visual Studio 97, A Comprehensive Suite of Microsoft Visual Development Tools

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 28, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft® Visual Studio
™97, a comprehensive suite of Microsoft development tools for building client/server, multitier and Web-based solutions. The Visual Studio 97 development system will include the Visual Basic® programming system, Visual C++® development system, Visual J++
development tool, Visual FoxPro
database and Visual InterDev
Web application development system. By using the integrated client/server and Internet technologies in Visual Studio, developers can build solutions that make optimal use of existing investments in hardware and software while taking advantage of the universal connectivity of the Web.

Microsoft Visual Studio 97 is scheduled to be introduced on March 19, 1997, at Developer Days, a developer training event spanning 88 cities in 45 countries. For more information, see

New Scenarios Increase Cross-Language Development

“Microsoft Visual Studio 97 is the first comprehensive set of tools that enables customers to combine rapid advances in client/server technologies with the broad reach of the Internet,”
said Bob Muglia, vice president, developer tools at Microsoft.
“These factors will play a tremendous role in the ability of companies to create more valuable solutions that leverage what they have while providing direct communication links to business partners and customers.”

The new platform and tools technologies enable three key scenarios:

  • Extend client/server. Evolving two-tier client/server to multitier architectures centralizes business rules, abstracting them out of clients and back-end databases. This provides businesses with the flexibility to more easily support a variety of clients, from browsers to powerful workstations, and the ability to deploy new business processes as quickly as competitive conditions demand.

  • Activate the Web. Building Web applications with Active Server Pages (ASP), a feature of Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0, and server-side databases enables businesses to reduce the number of HTML pages they need to maintain a presence on the Web. Web applications also make it practical to present users with personalized, dynamic content, while simplifying site management.

  • Integrate the Internet. The combination of multitier architectures, which provide a secure business process layer, and the broad accessibility of the Internet makes it practical to implement Web interfaces to existing client/server or legacy systems. This creates a new opportunity for businesses to forge direct connections with customers, suppliers and partners more efficiently than ever before.

Building solutions for these scenarios requires multiple tools. Today, more than 50 percent of professional developers use multiple programming languages, and among some developer segments the number is significantly higher. For example, Microsoft research shows that over 60 percent of developers using Visual C++ also use Visual Basic, and over 90 percent of developers employing Java
use other programming languages as well.

Visual Studio 97 Addresses Key Developer Needs

Visual Studio 97 addresses requirements of developers who integrate Internet technologies and client/server solutions. These requirements include the following:

  • Comprehensive support. Breadth of tools and languages, training and support infrastructure, and a large supply of commercially available reusable components

  • Scalability. Building solutions that require high-performance executables with access to enterprise data, robust transaction support, and support for team-based development

  • Open standards. Technology broadly adopted by customers including vendor-driven standards such as Java, or standards managed by formal industry bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium’s HTML

Visual Studio Offers Leading Development Tools

Microsoft Visual Studio 97 will include Microsoft’s best-of-breed Visual Basic, Visual C++ and Visual FoxPro tools, as well as the new Visual J++ and Visual InterDev development systems for building dynamic Web applications.

  • Microsoft Visual Basic , the world’s most popular rapid application development (RAD) system for creating Windows® operating system-based applications

  • Microsoft Visual C++ , the award-winning C and C++ development system used to build many of the world’s best-selling Windows-based applications

  • Microsoft Visual J++ , a Java programming system for creating cross-platform Java Applets and applications, and integrating Java with ActiveX

  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro , the award-winning relational database management system with a data-centric, object-oriented language

  • Microsoft Visual InterDev , the recently announced integrated development system for building and managing data-driven Web applications that generate HTML accessible from any browser on any platform

  • Microsoft Developer Network Library , the complete source of product documentation and information

System Requirements and Availability

Microsoft Visual Studio 97 is scheduled to be available at the end of the first quarter of 1997. Visual Studio 97 requires a personal computer with a 486/66 MHz or higher processor and the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system or Windows NT® Workstation operating system version 4.0 or later. Sixteen MB of RAM is required for Windows 95; 24 MB is required for Windows NT Workstation. A CD-ROM drive and Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device are required. Disk space requirements vary depending on the number of the tools a developer wants to install. For more information, visit the Visual Studio Web site at

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