More Than 3,000 Web Professionals Attend Web Tech-Ed Conference On Building Web-Based Business Solutions

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 28, 1998 — Web professionals attending the Microsoft® Web TechEd conference here praised the Microsoft Windows® operating system as their top choice for building today’s Web-based business solutions, citing the rich set of tools and system services available for it. More than 3,000 Web developers, administrators and designers are attending the show.

“With easy database connectivity and interface development, Windows delivers the framework for the rapid development and deployment of Web solutions that are easy to use and manage,” said Ross Porter, technical director, Sitewerks Inc. “Microsoft gives us everything we need to be successful, and it’s all available today – that’s how we created Timewerks.”

“Windows provides the most comprehensive, integrated client/server platform available today for Web-based solutions,” said Adam Heneghan, chief technology officer, Giant Step. “Microsoft is clearly the leader in embracing new technology and supporting the open Internet standards we need for intranet, electronic commerce and Internet solutions.”

The three-day event, concluding today, offered more than 70 technical sessions. Five sessions on creating entire Web-based solutions to solve today’s real-world business problems covered topics such as Building Advanced Media Solutions, Building Commerce Solutions, Building and Managing Document-Based Intranet Solutions, Building Data-Driven Web Applications, and Building Your Internet Site Solution.

More than 70 exhibitors in a sold-out exhibition hall demonstrated compatible tools and related products to extend Windows-based Web solutions.

At the show, Microsoft Corp. announced several new products for creating Web-based business solutions: Microsoft Site Server 3.0, the Microsoft NetShow
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server version 3.0 and the Visual InterDev
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Web development system. Microsoft also announced the licensing of COM – its industry-leading Component Object Model – on non-Microsoft platforms, delivering on its commitment to provide comprehensive application interoperability. The company announced plans to staff an internal development and support team for COM on UNIX.

Web TechEd is one of hundreds of developer events conducted by Microsoft each year dedicated to developers and industry professionals. Microsoft’s $85 million annual program to support independent developers is the largest effort of its type in the industry. Microsoft incorporates Web TechEd into its regular series of TechEd conferences. The next show – TechEd 98, June 1-5, 1998, in New Orleans – will feature all-new sessions and show content.

Web TechEd sponsors included Compaq Computer Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., Elemental Software Inc. and Pictorius Inc.

For more information on Microsoft products and services in support of independent developers, visit the Microsoft Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/msdn/ .

Giant Step, a subsidiary of Leo Burnett Co., develops interactive Web sites that enable companies to build their brand and conduct electronic commerce on the Web. Giant Step can be visited at (http://www.giantstep.com/) .

Sitewerks, a full-service Internet development company, combines advanced Internet, intranet and extranet strategies, software engineering, graphic design and emerging technologies to produce fully integrated business solutions. Timewerks, an entirely Web-based project tracking and timesheet system, lets companies easily manage multiple projects and generate

summary, detail and actual-cost reports in real time. Sitewerks can be visited at (http://www.sitewerks.com/) .

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.

Microsoft, Windows, NetShow and Visual InterDev are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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Ryan James, Waggener Edstrom, (503) 443-7000, ryanj@wagged.com

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