DataChannel and Microsoft Co-Develop Enhanced Version Of Leading XML Technology for Java

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 20, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. and DataChannel Inc. today announced that they have collaborated to deliver XML technology, specifically, an enhanced XML parser written in the Java language. Microsoft selected DataChannel for this effort because of the company’s expertise in both XML and the Java language.

The goal of the collaboration is to develop and deliver XML technology that will allow developers to write XML-enabled applications on multiple platforms, taking advantage of Microsoft® XML functionality. An early beta version of the XML parser written in Java will be downloadable from and by the end of August.

“The Microsoft and DataChannel co-development is an example of what two companies can do to promote the wide adoption of XML-enabled applications,”
said David Pool, CEO and president, DataChannel. DataChannel’s co-development agreement with Microsoft will make possible a new class of server-side applications on platforms such as Sun Solaris, HP UNIX and Linux, enabling the tightest level of control and communications with the next generation of Microsoft operating systems and applications.

“The combined expertise of the DataChannel and Microsoft development teams will deliver the power of the world’s best XML technology to Java developers,”
said Ben Algaze, manager of business development at Microsoft.
“This will continue to accelerate the drive toward XML as the universal format for structured data on the World Wide Web.”

The XML parser written in Java is XML 1.0-compliant. In addition, this early release also includes support for validation against a Document Type Definition, or DTD, and supports the Namespaces facility currently under development in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

In addition, DataChannel’s XML Server Technology together with the XML parser written in Java enables developers to do the following:

  • Access a variety of data sources using XML interfaces including databases, mainframes, document management systems, ERP applications and Web resources.

  • Rapidly develop and deploy next-generation XML-based applications using the DataChannel usability framework extensions that allows end users to publish, search and distribute content within corporate intranets.

  • Manage access to applications and information with support for Windows NT 4.0 Server network operating system directory services and for Windows NT 5.0 Server Active Directory.

About DataChannel Inc.

DataChannel Inc., based in Bellevue, Wash., is the leader in intranet usability infrastructure. Founded in 1996, DataChannel focuses on development of technologies that make intranets more useful by making them more usable. DataChannel’s flagship product, DataChannel RIO, combines the power of an XML-driven database engine with real-time TIBCO notification (Nasdaq
) working with Netscape Communicator (Nasdaq
) or Microsoft Internet Explorer. DataChannel RIO simplifies the process of delivering critical information to the right people at the right time through the instant distribution of organized content including external newsfeeds such as NewsEdge; search engines such as Yahoo! (Nasdaq
), Excite (Nasdaq
), Infoseek (Nasdaq
) and Lycos

); relational databases from companies such as Informix Software
), Sybase (Nasdaq
) and Oracle (Nasdaq
); ERP applications from companies such as SAP AG, PeopleSoft (Nasdaq
) and Baan (Nasdaq
); and enterprise corporate data from companies such as Wall Data (Nasdaq
) and IBM Corp. (NYSE
), all within a customizable employee desktop environment.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) 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.

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