Unify Joins With Microsoft to Strengthen E-Commerce Support For Windows DNA

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 5, 1999 — Today Unify Corp., a leading provider of solutions for e-commerce, joined with Microsoft Corp. to announce its continued support of the Microsoft® Windows® Distributed interNet Applications (Windows DNA) architecture, the most comprehensive and integrated application server platform for building distributed applications. Unify also announced it will have a Windows 2000-ready version of Unify VISION for the launch of the Windows 2000 operating system. Unify Corp. now becomes a Microsoft Windows DNA partner.

Unify VISION AppServer
™
and AppBuilder
™
enable companies to deliver e-commerce solutions by integrating their legacy, custom-built and packaged applications with the Internet. Unify’s support of Windows DNA ensures that e-commerce solutions built on the Unify platform will take advantage of the full power and flexibility that Windows DNA has to offer.

Windows DNA is Microsoft’s architecture for building n-tier distributed applications using Internet technologies on Windows. Windows DNA takes advantage of rich client, data-tier, and middle-tier system services and component-based application services that support open technology standards. These services are exposed in a unified way through the Component Object Model (COM), the most widely adopted component model, running on over 150 million systems worldwide. Because of its strong interoperability capabilities, COM enables applications written in any language (such as Visual Basic® , C++, Java or Script) to exchange data and also lowers the cost of integration. In supporting Windows DNA, Unify VISION enhances a customer’s ability to create total e-commerce solutions by seamlessly integrating the diverse set of services and platforms required for today’s e-commerce applications.

“Unify VISION is a critical component in a company’s e-commerce solution, and Unify’s continued support of Windows DNA is assisting companies in using best-of-breed technologies when conducting business on the Internet,”
said Dave Glende, director of Product Management at Unify.
“Our customers view support for key Microsoft architectures such as Windows DNA as critical to the success of their applications. Unify VISION’s support for a broad range of Windows DNA-based technologies provides our customers with the flexibility to deploy their solutions in their increasingly complex environments.”


Unify VISION AppBuilder developers now have a rich set of operating system services and applications technology available that enable them to build integrated enterprise applications without reinventing the wheel,”
said Jigish Avalani, group manager for Windows DNA at Microsoft.

AppServer has the advantage of deployment on an operating system platform that scales to the user’s needs – Microsoft Windows .”

About Windows DNA

Windows DNA is the distributed application development model for the Windows platform. It specifies how to develop robust, scalable, distributed applications using the Windows platform, extend existing data and external applications to support the Internet, and support a wide range of client devices maximizing the reach of an application. The Windows DNA architecture enables ISVs and organizations to solve industry-specific challenges while lowering costs associated with deploying and managing information technology systems.

For more information on Windows DNA, interested parties can visit Microsoft’s Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/dna/ .

About Unify VISION AppServer and AppBuilder

Unify VISION AppServer is an open, standards-based Internet application server that enables IT organizations to bridge legacy, custom-built and packaged applications to create
e-commerce and Internet solutions. Its universal client architecture enables users to access any application, anywhere, any time. Unify VISION AppServer’s Parallel Dynamic Scaleable Architecture delivers a high level of performance, availability and scalability by offering server replication, load balancing, fail-over and recovery, and publish-and-subscribe capabilities, all based on a high-performance, fully asynchronous messaging architecture. Integrated application management services lower total cost of ownership by allowing organizations to effectively manage their applications from a single point of control.

Unify VISION AppServer’s companion product, VISION AppBuilder, is an object-oriented, repository-based component framework that enables developers to rapidly create and easily modify application components. Its powerful, prebuilt components shield developers from the complexities of the underlying technology, enabling them to focus on the business components and processes that make up the heart of their applications.

Unify VISION AppServer and AppBuilder support Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT® , Linux and all leading UNIX server platforms. Client support includes rich Windows-based clients and leading Web browsers. Unify VISION AppServer supports native database connectivity to all major RDBMS products, including Microsoft SQL Server
™
,
IBM DB2, Oracle, Sybase Adaptive Server, Informix Software Inc. and Unify DataServer
™
.

About Unify

Unify Corp. (Nasdaq: UNFY) provides Internet application server solutions that enable corporations to deliver e-commerce applications by integrating legacy, custom-built and packaged applications with the Internet.

Unify’s professional services organization provides a full range of services to help customers successfully deliver their e-commerce and application initiatives. Unify’s product line includes Unify VISION AppServer, Unify VISION AppBuilder, ACCELL/SQL
™
and the Unify DataServer product family.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Unify has direct sales offices throughout North America, Europe and Japan, with a network of distributors, VARs, OEMs and systems integrators worldwide. Unify has over 375,000 users worldwide, including leaders in telecommunications, financial services, commercial industries and government. Unify product and service information is located on the World Wide Web at http://www.unify.com/ .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) 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.

©1999 Microsoft Corp. and Unify Corp. All rights reserved.

Unify VISION AppServer, Unify VISION AppBuilder, Unify DataServer, ACCELL/SQL and the Unify logo are trademarks of Unify Corp.

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