Microsoft Announces Availability of Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual C++ 6.0 For Alpha-Processor Native Application Development

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 7, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of versions of the Visual Basic® 6.0 Enterprise Edition and Visual C++® 6.0 Professional Edition development systems designed specifically to run on Compaq Computer Corp.’s 64-bit Alpha processors and the Microsoft® Windows NT® operating system. Developers currently using these popular development tools on x86 systems can easily target the Alpha platform with just a recompile. Combined with the 64-bit Platform SDK, Alpha-processor-based Microsoft Visual Studio® development system tools prepare developers for future 64-bit Windows NT-based systems.

The Compaq Alpha platform allows developers to take advantage of the enhanced scalability and performance offered by a 64-bit RISC-based architecture. By creating new applications for the Alpha platform, or by simply recompiling existing projects, developers can create high-performance applications for the Alpha processor platform.

“This release reiterates our support and commitment for the Alpha platform,”
said Paul Gross, vice president of developer tools at Microsoft.
“And by working with Compaq, we continue to extend our world-class development environments for developing high-performance applications for the Alpha processor.”

“Combining the industry-leading Alpha-based workstation and enterprise server platforms with the world’s leading development tools allows developers to prepare for tomorrow, today,”
said Dave Rodgers, vice president, NT Program Office, Compaq.
“We are pleased to team with Microsoft to deliver such a strong solution to the developer community. Now the developers of applications for the 64-bit Alpha processor platform can use the latest features that Visual Basic and Visual C++ have to offer.”

Pricing and Availability

Licensed users of the Enterprise editions of Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0, Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual C++ 6.0 are entitled to receive copies of Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual C++ 6.0 for the Alpha platform for only the cost of shipping and handling. Enterprise customers may order the Alpha edition immediately at . The Alpha platform editions contain all of the updated components and features from the release of Visual Studio 6.0, including Service Pack 1.

About Visual Studio

The Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 development system is a comprehensive suite of industry-leading development tools for building business applications for the Windows NT Server operating system, including client/server, multitier and Web-based solutions. Visual Studio 6.0 includes key enterprise and team development features designed to help developers rapidly build scalable distributed applications that can be easily integrated with existing enterprise systems and applications. More information on Visual Studio 6.0 is available at .

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