Microsoft and Partners to Demonstrate Key Telecommunications Platforms And Applications at SUPERCOMM ’98

Microsoft and Telecom Equipment ProvidesPartners to Demonstrate Key Telecommunications Platforms and And Applications at SUPERCOMM ’98

REDMOND, Wash., June 1, 1998 — On June 9 at SUPERCOMM ’98 in Atlanta, Microsoft Corp. will demonstrate progress during the last year on its telecommunications strategy, which is focused on platforms and products from Microsoft and telecom equipment providers for delivering and managing telecommunications services. A large number of telecom equipment providers are now delivering mission-critical telecommunications solutions based on the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server operating system and the Microsoft BackOffice® family of server products.

Microsoft will work with other vendors at SUPERCOMM ’98 to showcase how platforms, applications and tools can be used by carriers to deliver and manage their services including Cisco Systems Inc., Digital Equipment Corp., DGM & S Telecom, Euristix Ltd., Northern Telecom Ltd. (Nortel), Tandem Computers Inc., Vertel Corp. and others.Microsoft will be working with many vendors at SUPERCOMM ’98, including Cisco Systems Inc., Digital Equipment Corp., DGM & S Telecom, Euristix Ltd., Northern Telecom Ltd. (Nortel), Tandem Computers Inc. and Vertel Corp. to showcase how platforms, applications and tools from Microsoft and other vendors can be used by carriers to deliver and manage their services. These vendors are independent companies with whom Microsoft is working to create complementary platforms and products. Focus areas include Internet services, high-speed access (ADSL), intelligent network services and operations support systems (OSS).

The company will support several key announcements of new services and products deployed on Windows NT Server by applications vendors at the show. Microsoft will also join forces with several other companies in a live showcase of product and service functionality spread across multiple exhibitor booths at SUPERCOMM ’98. This will highlight intelligent network services that are enabled by Windows NT Server and can be accessed and configured via the traditional telephone as well as Web browser-based interfaces.

Microsoft will also provide two case studies of OSS deployment on Windows NT Server by Williams Communications Group and cable communications giant Comcast Corp. In addition, a Microsoft white paper available at SUPERCOMM ’98 will discuss carrier-grade Windows NT Server-based systems. The paper will discuss the ability of Windows NT Server to scale up and down in price point for mass-market systems, interoperate with multiple operating systems, and deliver the availability, reliability and flexible performance that today’s complex networks demand. The case studies and white paper will be available by SUPERCOMM ’98 at .

Microsoft will also demonstrate version 2.0 of the Microsoft Commercial Internet System (MCIS 2.0), introduced in May. This comprehensive, integrated, commercial-grade server suite will enable ISPs, public network operators and commercial service providers to provide a wide range of differentiated Internet-based access, Web hosting and virtual private network services.

Microsoft will update its telecommunications industry progress during SUPERCOMM ’98 at a news conference on Tuesday, June 9, from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center News Conference Room 1, Room 169W, Level One, West Concourse.

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