Microsoft to Support COM+ in Visual Studio

DENVER, Oct. 12, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today demonstrated for the first time in public support for COM+ in the Visual Studio® development system. Using the Microsoft® Visual C++® development system, Microsoft showed how developers will be able to easily create COM+ objects with a new technology called Attributes. Attributes complement and unify the C++ and COM+ programming models, enabling developers to request specific component services such as Transactions, Queuing, Remoting and Security in a straightforward and declarative fashion. Attributes are expressed using seamless source code annotations to supply necessary infrastructure code for developers creating COM+ components – making it easier than ever before to develop, manage and deploy component-based applications. Attendees at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) will get a first look at Attributes in the Visual C++ Technology Preview, which offers new development functionality that enables developers to take advantage of the latest Microsoft platforms and technologies.

“COM+ development will be significantly easier through the innovations of the Visual C++ team,”
said Paul Gross, vice president of the developer tools division at Microsoft.
“Attributes will allow developers to be extremely productive in creating the highest-performance Windows® DNA applications.”

Support for Windows DNA in Visual Studio

The Technology Preview illustrates Microsoft’s commitment to providing leading-edge technology in Visual Studio for development on the Windows NT® operating system 5.0. With Visual C++ 6.0 and the Technology Preview, developers who attend the PDC or the next Visual C++ Developers Conference (VCDC) can begin to develop COM+ components.

Availability and Additional Information

The Technology Preview is an early look at new functionality in the next version of Visual Studio and enables developers using Visual C++ to begin learning about these new technologies today. The Visual C++ Technology Preview is available to all PDC attendees. In addition, developers who attend VCDC Nov. 2-4 in Palm Springs, Calif., will also receive the Visual C++ Technology Preview. For information on the conference, please visit .

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