Microsoft Wins Well-Connected Award for COM and DCOM

REDMOND, Wash., May 12, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it was awarded a 1999 Well-Connected Award by CMP Media Inc.’s Network Computing Magazine. The winners were announced Monday night at a CMP awards event held in Las Vegas. Competing against Sun’s Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) and the Object Management Group’s Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), Microsoft took top honors in the middleware category for its Component Object Model (COM) and Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) technologies.

Chosen for their mature capabilities for creating distributed applications built from components, COM and DCOM offer the richest set of integrated services and tools available today for building distributed applications. COM and DCOM are in use on over 150 million systems worldwide. According to Fritz Nelson, editor in chief of Network Computing, the products singled out for a Well-Connected Award are chosen because “they are quality products tested over a networked enterprise firsthand by editors themselves. So we know that Microsoft® COM and DCOM are truly innovative solutions.”

Michael Gross, product manager for COM Technologies at Microsoft, said of the award, “We are always pleased to see that Microsoft COM and DCOM are recognized as leaders in the middleware category. The COM programming model is language-independent, which means it is accessible to millions of programmers while supporting the only viable market today for off-the-shelf components.”

All the winners and finalists will be highlighted in Network Computing’s Well-Connected Awards special issue on May 17, as well as on Network Computing Online at . In addition, a complete listing of award winners can be found at .

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