Vectrix and Microsoft Join Forces to Enhance E-Commerce Solutions

REDMOND, Wash., and DALLAS, May 13, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. and Vectrix Corp. today announced that Vectrix will support the Microsoft® Windows® Distributed interNet Applications (Windows DNA) architecture for the Windows operating system in conjunction with the further development of its EdgeworX
2000: E-Commerce Suite of products. This collaboration will relieve developers from the burden of creating their own infrastructure and allow them to focus instead on delivering business solutions. Developers can save time, reduce costs and get their applications to market more quickly, as well as select from a wide choice of programming languages and integrated development tools to best fits their needs.

Windows DNA is based on the Component Object Model (COM), the integral part of many Microsoft applications and technologies. COM is the most widely adopted component model, running on over 150 million systems worldwide. COM brings the tiers of the architecture together, allowing Windows DNA applications to communicate in a highly distributed environment.

Vectrix EdgeworX 2000: E-Commerce Edition takes advantage of the Microsoft COM programming model, as well as Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA), ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO), Windows NT® Server’s Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) technology, and the WYSIWYG HTML Editor. EdgeworX 2000: E-Commerce Edition has also embedded the Microsoft Commerce Server Order Processing Pipeline (OPP) and the Commerce Interchange Pipeline (CIP). The combination of these technologies has delivered an easy-to-use, scalable and flexible solution optimized for the Windows NT operating system.

“As Microsoft has continued to focus on the strengths and benefits of Windows DNA, support for the architecture has expanded,”
said Jigish Avalani, group manager of Windows DNA Marketing at Microsoft.
“Vectrix’s announcement today of Windows DNA support in the EdgeworX 2000: E-Commerce Suite software provides e-commerce developers with the tools and technologies they need to build scalable and reliable Internet-commerce solutions.”

“E-commerce is changing the face of business worldwide,”
said Mark Lynd, president and CEO of Vectrix.
“But until now, only the Fortune 500 could afford to implement a high-performance Internet-commerce solution. With the integration of the proven performance and reliability of Microsoft technologies with the EdgeworX 2000: E-Commerce Suite software, every business now has the opportunity to penetrate the explosive market of online sales.”

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.

More information on Windows DNA can be found at the Microsoft Web site, .

About EdgeworX 2000

EdgeworX 2000: E-Commerce Edition is affordable, scalable and Web server- and browser-independent, giving users the flexibility of a long-term scalable solution that can be up and running in less than an hour. It includes all aspects of a complete e-commerce application, such as catalogs, product lists, shopping carts, shipping and tax calculations, checkout, payment features, and browser-accessible management site.

About Vectrix

Vectrix, based in Dallas, is an e-commerce company specializing in end-to-end
e-commerce solutions that include packaged solutions like EdgeworX 2000: E-Commerce Edition and EdgeworX 2000: Customer Support Edition. To add value and real meaning to
“end-to-end e-commerce solutions,”
Vectrix offers clients interactive marketing, media, Web site design, development, creative services, hosting and credit card transaction services.

Vectrix Corp.’s strategic alliances include those with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq
), Summit Software, 3COM (Nasdaq
), Dell (Nasdaq
), Compaq (NYSE
), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE
), Cisco (Nasdaq
), and Intel (Nasdaq
). Additional information about Vectrix and its products can be found at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft 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.

Microsoft, Windows, Visual Basic, ActiveX and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

EdgeworX is a trademark of Vectrix Corp.

Fortune 500 is a registered trademark of Time Inc.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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