Windows NT Server Is the No. 1 Internet and Intranet Web Server Platform According to Netcraft and IntelliQuest Studies

REDMOND, Wash., March 16, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that over 1 million Internet sites now use the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server operating system as their Web server platform. This unprecedented momentum is further evidenced by the results of a new IntelliQuest Inc. report, which found that Windows NT is the most frequently deployed corporate Internet platform. Forty percent of all corporations have Windows NT Server with Internet Information Server (IIS) installed up from 33 percent 9 months ago. Microsoft Windows NT Server with IIS is also the leading corporate intranet platform for 47 percent of corporate intranets, up from 41 percent 9 months ago. In addition, Windows NT Server is the leading e-commerce platform. Netcraft’s February 1999 SSL Server Survey found that Windows NT Server with IIS has 36 percent of all the third-party-certified SSL Internet sites. SSL technology is used by e-commerce sites to provide secure transactions .

Windows NT Server 4.0 provides a comprehensive platform that delivers an end-to-end solution for customers. It meets a broad range of requirements, enabling easy publication of information over the Web using Office as well as deployment of sophisticated intranet and next-generation e-commerce applications. Not only has Windows NT Server been the leading platform for bringing line of business (LOB) applications to intranets, it is quickly becoming the platform of choice for leading
e-commerce companies such as 800.COM Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Inc. and Office Depot Inc.

“Our portal customers require an e-commerce platform that is scalable and reliable,”
said Cheryl Scott, director of operations at
“We chose Microsoft Windows NT Server as our Web site platform because it provides a comprehensive base for deploying mission-critical e-commerce applications. During 1998, our hosted systems realized over 99.9 percent uptime.”

Netcraft’s ongoing survey identified the Youth Orchestra of Florida (YOOF; ), a regional arts group in South Florida with 200 members ages
6 to 20, as the one-millionth site to deploy Windows NT Server 4.0 with its IIS services as the group’s Internet platform.

“As more of our audience turned to the Internet for information and entertainment, we realized there was a vast opportunity for us to highlight and promote the work of our talented members,”
said Myra Weaver, executive director of the Youth Orchestra of Florida.
“Windows NT Server provided a cost-effective, reliable platform that allowed us to quickly and easily establish a comprehensive Internet presence including samples of our music, profiles on our members and performance information.”

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