1,300 Independent Software Vendors Support New Versions Of Microsoft Visual Developer Tools

REDMOND, Wash., March 25, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that more than 1,300 independent software vendors (ISVs) are shipping thousands of commercial products that interoperate with the newest versions of Microsoft® visual developer tools. More than 70 of these ISVs have already announced new or updated products designed to take advantage of the new capabilities of Microsoft’s comprehensive line of developer tools – further evidence that the market for third-party development add-ons and components continues to grow.

In January 1997, industry research firm Giga Research estimated that the size of the ActiveX
component business alone in 1996 was $240 million and would grow to $3.3 billion by 2001. “The continued growth of the market for third-party developer products compatible with Microsoft’s developer tools is nothing short of spectacular,” said Tom Button, director of marketing, developer tools division at Microsoft. “It validates that the market for desktop, Internet and intranet applications produced with these tools is robust and healthy.”

Third-Party Developer Market Applauds Microsoft’s Visual Tools

Last week at Microsoft’s worldwide developer conference, Developer Days ’97, the company unveiled the latest addition to its line of visual developer tools, the Visual Studio
™97 development system, to more than 45,000 attendees worldwide. Visual Studio 97 is a comprehensive suite of Microsoft’s best-of-breed development tools, including the Visual Basic® programming system, Visual C++® development system and Visual FoxPro
database management system, as well as the new Visual J++
and Visual InterDev
development systems for building dynamic Web applications.

The following companies have recently announced products supporting the newest versions of Microsoft’s visual developer tools:

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