Microsoft Announces Academic License Offer for New Visual Studio 97 Enterprise Edition

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 27, 1997 — Microsoft Corporation today announced that academic faculty and institutions purchasing its new Enterprise Edition of the Microsoft® Visual Studio
™
97 Academic Edition for instructional purposes can register for a free 10-user Visual Studio desktop products departmental license. With a single $449 (academic estimated retail price) academic purchase of Visual Studio 97, computer science, engineering and information systems departments now can equip instructional labs with state-of-the-art Microsoft Visual Development Tools for about $40 per seat.

The offer, announced today at the annual Association for Computing (ACM) Special Interest Group Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Technical Symposium in San Jose, Calif., will be available soon after the launch of Visual Studio 97 on March 19, 1997. Faculty and educational institutions can order the departmental license through Microsoft’s Academic Cooperative Web site at (http://academicoop.isu.edu) .

“We want students and faculty to have the broadest access possible to the most comprehensive set of Microsoft Visual Development Tools available,”
said Susanne Peterson, Microsoft academic program manager.
“With Visual Studio 97 Enterprise Edition, students who will build the next generation of Internet, intranet, and client/server application solutions will be able to learn and design with state-of-the-art tools.”

This new edition of Visual Studio 97 includes Enterprise editions of the Microsoft Visual Basic® programming system version 5.0 and the Microsoft Visual C++® development system version 5.0; Professional editions of Visual J++ development tool version 1.1; the Visual InterDev
™
Web application development system version 1.0; the Visual FoxPro
™
database management system version 5.0; and the Microsoft Developer Network Library, Special Edition. In addition to these desktop tools, the Enterprise edition of Visual Studio 97 also will include Microsoft Transaction Server 1.0, Microsoft SQL Server
™
6.5 and the Visual SourceSafe
™
version control system 5.0. The 10-user license does not include these server products.

“Through the Visual Studio 97 academic offer, we can maintain our reputation for providing students with real-world experience,” said Mark Sebern, professor and director of the computer engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. “Microsoft is making it easy for us to support students who are eager to develop large-scale applications using a variety of contemporary languages and tools.”

Microsoft Visual Studio 97, Enterprise and Professional editions, are scheduled to be introduced March 19, 1997, at Developer Days, a developer training event encompassing 88 cities and 45 countries. For more information, see http://www.microsoft.com/devdays/.

Both the Enterprise Edition and Professional Edition of Visual Studio 97, as well as the stand-alone Visual Basic 5.0 and Visual C++ 5.0 products, are scheduled to be available at the end of the first quarter of 1997. Customers who license Visual Basic 4.0, Enterprise Edition, or Visual C++ 4.2, Enterprise Edition, after Jan. 27, 1997, are eligible for a free upgrade to Visual Basic 5.0, Enterprise Edition, or Visual C++ 5.0, Enterprise Edition, (shipping and handling charges apply). For more information, visit the Visual Studio 97 Web site http://www.microsoft.com/vstudio To register for the 10-user desktop license, visit the Academic Cooperative Web site at (http://academicoop.isu.edu) .

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