Chancery Announces Development For Microsoft Windows NT Server Across All Product Lines

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Feb. 19, 1997 — Chancery Software Ltd., a leading provider of information management systems for K-12 schools, today announced that beginning this summer it will be shipping all of its products for the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server 4.0 operating system. Chancery has scheduled major releases for Win School
™
, Mac School
™
and Library Pro
™
over the next few months, which will all run on Windows NT Server.

“We will continue to support our current server platforms, but we are seeing more and more schools adopting Windows NT,”
said Lee Wilson, Chancery’s vice president of marketing.
“With this move, our customers get significant benefits, including faster performance from our full, 32-bit dataserver and the easiest to use and most flexible server operating system on the market.”

“Schools have very complex and demanding information management needs,”
said Jackie Carriker, group manager for Microsoft Education Marketing.
“We’re excited that Microsoft and Chancery can bring together our leading technology to create the state-of-the-art networking solutions that K-12 schools want.”

Chancery’s Win School is the best-selling student information system for the Windows® platform. On the market for more than three years, it is the most feature-rich Windows-based solution available. More than 1,000 schools have adopted Win School to automate the day-to-day tasks of gathering, analyzing and reporting student information, freeing up staff for other critical administrative tasks.

“Because our implementation of Windows NT Server 4.0 will support a wide variety of clients including Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT Workstation, we will have not only the most complete Windows solution available but also the most cost effective,”
said Wilson.

In March, Chancery will release Library Pro 2.0 for school libraries and media centers. Co-developed with a leading library software company, Library Pro 2.0 incorporates a cross-platform model that includes Internet access and the ability to mix and match servers and clients.
“For example, running a Windows NT Server, a school can use any mix of Windows and Macintosh clients that works for them,”
Wilson said.

A new release of Mac School, which can run off a Windows NT Server today, is scheduled for this spring. Mac School 4.0 will deliver increased performance and an even richer set of features in a system that has set the standard for Macintosh student information systems since 1985.

To date, more than 9,000 schools in 11 countries have chosen Chancery for its proven administrative and library solutions, quality training and responsive support services. Chancery is a member of the Windows School Connection, an alliance of Compaq, Microsoft and more than 140 leading educational software publishers, that provides easy access to a wide choice of Windows-based hardware, operating systems, and curriculum and administrative solutions. Chancery’s innovative solutions have won critical praise, includingTechnology & Learning magazine’s
Award of Excellenceand inclusion inMedia & Methods magazine’s
Awards Portfolio.

For more information on Chancery’s new releases for Windows NT Server 4.0, educators attending the Florida Educational Technology Conference, Feb. 27-March 1, in Orlando, Fla., are invited to visit the Chancery booth #204 in the Orange County Convention Center. Information also is available on the Chancery Web site at (http://www.chancery.com) or from Lee Wilson at 1-800-999-9931 or via e-mail at lwilson@chancery.com .

Working with educational software publishers to develop leading solutions for K-12 schools is part of Microsoft’s continuing efforts to help create a global
“Connected Learning Community”
in which all students and educators have access to technology and information online to support learning today and for a lifetime. For its ongoing work in the education community, Microsoft received the 1996 EdNet Pioneer Award for its significant contribution to the advancement of educational technology.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
“MSFT”
) 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.

Since 1985 Chancery has provided K-12 schools with the best site-based information management systems. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Chancery supports a network of 40 resellers throughout North America. Through these partners, Chancery provides a wide range of additional value-added services, including consulting, data conversion, software customization and user group meetings.

This press release is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Win School
™
, Mac School
™
and Library Pro
™
are registered trademarks of Chancery Software Ltd. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only:

Lisa A. Wolfe, Marcy Monyek and Associates, 312-263-2135, lisaawolfe@MSN.com

Joelle McGinnis, Marcy Monyek and Associates, 312-263-2135, joellem@MSN.com

Lee Wilson, Chancery Software Ltd., 800-999-9931, lwilson@chancery.com

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