Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Contains the Right Ingredients for Nabisco

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 12, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Nabisco Inc., the leader in the cookie and cracker industry, has joined a growing list of corporations standardizing on the Microsoft® Visual Basic® 5.0 development system, Enterprise Edition. Nabisco is using Visual Basic 5.0 to create applications from corporate infrastructure components to business applications. Visual Basic 5.0 provides the company with a scalable solution that takes advantage of existing infrastructure and will enhance the migration of 8,000 desktops to the Windows NT® operating system.

Nabisco is currently migrating to Windows NT to carry the company into the next era of computing. In determining its enterprise development strategy, the company wanted to maximize existing resources and minimize the number of tools necessary to accommodate its future development needs. Using Microsoft technologies such as Windows NT Server and Visual Basic, Nabisco can integrate legacy, database and other applications in building its enterprise solution.

The scalability improvements of Visual Basic 5.0 with its Remote Data Objects (RDO) 2.0 support, component reuse capabilities and integration of the Visual SourceSafe
version control system give Nabisco additional reasons to move to the 32-bit platform. Combined, these features provide the performance necessary for creating scalable distributed applications.

“Nabisco selected Visual Basic 5.0 to meet its needs today and tomorrow,” said James Moore, senior systems developer at Nabisco. “The name of the game is to increase productivity across the board, from developing new applications to leveraging the infrastructure that we already have in place. Visual Basic 5.0 – with a new integrated development environment (IDE) and IntelliSense® -based features that reduce programming time – is geared toward our productivity goals.”

In addition, advanced features in Visual Basic 5.0 – a native code compiler, Component Object Model (COM) component-creation capabilities including ActiveX
technology, and an improved development environment – enable Nabisco to shorten development time and reduce the total costs for application development.

“Visual Basic, already the most widely used development tool, continues to build on its success with version 5.0 – combining large application scalability with a highly productive development environment,” said Carolyn Duffy, director of Visual Basic marketing at Microsoft. “In selecting Visual Basic 5.0 as one of its standard tools, Nabisco is able both to meet its business needs and to streamline its development processes.”

Nabisco has been using Visual Basic for desktop application projects on the 16-bit platform; Visual Basic 5.0 has been QA lab certified for corporatewide development of Nabisco’s desktop application projects.

Visual Basic 5.0 is Microsoft’s flagship product for its new developer tools suite, the Visual Studio
97 development system. As the premier rapid application development tool, Microsoft Visual Basic is used by more than 3 million developers. Microsoft Visual Basic is the most efficient tool for creating traditional client/server and Web-based applications and

components. For more information, visit the Visual Basic Web site at .com/vbasic/ .

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