Availability of Web Applications for Windows NT Server Skyrockets

NEW YORK, June 16, 1998 — Today at PC Expo, Microsoft Corp. announced new data showing broad acceptance of the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server operating system version 4.0 as the leading platform for Web applications. According to Microsoft, there are more than 250,000 developers worldwide using Active Server Pages (ASP) to build Web applications, and more than 250 packaged Web-based solutions available today for Windows NT Server 4.0. According to a recent Zona Research Inc. report on Web application servers, Windows NT Server with Internet Information Server (IIS) technology is currently being deployed by 42 percent of companies with Web application servers, compared with 15 percent using the Netscape platform and only 9 percent using an IBM platform.

Active Server Pages makes it easier than ever to bridge the gap that has existed between browser-based and traditional line-of-business applications by empowering software developers to Web-enable existing solutions, as well as create next-generation applications. ASP provides a powerful way to combine HTML with scripting and COM components. This enables rapid application development, allows code reuse, and provides easy access to resources such as databases, mainframes and other existing systems.

“We are seeing a tremendous shift in the industry as developers embrace Windows NT Server and Active Server Pages to build Internet and intranet applications,” said Mike Nash, director of marketing for Windows NT Server and infrastructure products at Microsoft. “Developers can use ASP and COM to access both the integrated services of Windows NT Server and their existing Windows® -based programs. This means that building Web applications with ASP is faster and costs less, enabling better solutions for customers.”

Windows NT Server is creating tremendous new business opportunities for independent software vendors (ISVs) using Internet technologies. More than 175 ISVs are already shipping packaged Web-based applications for Windows NT Server with IIS. This gives customers a broader choice of solutions than any other Web platform. ISVs building Web-based applications for Windows NT Server include Action Technologies Inc., The Baan Company, Calico Technology, Clientele Software, Corillian Corp., Corprasoft Inc., Documentum Inc., Eastman Software Inc., Edify Corp., Fabasoft Components, File NET Corp., FirstWave Technologies Inc., GEAC Computers Pty. Ltd., Great Plains Software Inc., Imation Corp., Information Management Group, Mosaix Inc., Moss Micro Inc., NetRight Technologies, nFront, ONYX Software Corp., Optika, Optus, PC DOCS Inc., Platinum Technology Inc., Pivotal Software Inc., Portable Software Corp., Pro Business Systems Inc., Sagent Technology Inc., SAP AG, Sequoia Software Corp., Silknet Software, SMART Technology Inc., Soloman Software Inc., State of the Art Inc., Ultimus Inc., Versatility Inc., Xcelsoft Technologies, and others.

“Windows NT Server enabled us to bring our client-server application to the Web without sacrificing deployability, performance or scalability for our customers,” said Rajeev Singh, vice president of products for Portable Software Corp. “This platform provides an industrial-strength application server with the rapid development and flexibility of using Active Server Pages. Only Microsoft combines the best elements of Windows with the best of the Web, which means success for us in the enterprise.” Portable Software provides intranet travel expense automation software for companies such as American Airlines, J.C. Penney Company Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Texas Instruments Inc.

Current copies of Windows NT Server 4.0 include the Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack with Internet Information Server 4.0 and Active Server Pages. Customers who purchased Windows NT Server 4.0 before the Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack was available can obtain a copy from their reseller or download it from the Microsoft Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/ (connect-time charges may apply).

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