Microsoft Windows DNA Interoperability Center Now Available To Developers Using Visual Studio

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 13, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of the Microsoft® Windows® DNA Interoperability Center, a resource site designed to make it easier for developers to create applications based on Windows DNA that tightly integrate with existing enterprise applications running on a variety of operating systems.

The Windows DNA Interoperability Center will give enterprise developers access to sample applications, including an end-to-end e-commerce Windows DNA-based application that seamlessly integrates with Oracle8i, IBM DB2, IBM AS/400 and IBM CICS environments. Developers now have access to interactive demonstrations and additional technical resources for integrating with an extensive range of products and systems such as Oracle and DB2 databases, UNIX and mainframe operating systems and transaction monitors, ERP systems, and other vendor-specific environments. The Microsoft Windows DNA Interoperability Center is located at .

The Microsoft Windows DNA platform provides interoperability services that allow integration at the network, data, application and management levels. These interoperability technologies enable organizations to reduce operational costs and complexities and take advantage of existing investments in systems, applications and skill sets. Using technologies that are inherent to the Windows platform and enabled by the Microsoft BackOffice® family and the Microsoft Visual Studio® development system, Windows DNA enables seamless integration and interoperability with enterprise applications running on most major platforms. Microsoft Windows 2000 additionally provides new levels of interoperability for enterprise applications. These interoperability services include the following:

  • Network services – standards-based protocols, terminal access, print services

  • Data services – file and database access, database replication, e-mail access and storage

  • Applications services – presentation services, transactions, components, ERP systems

  • Management services – security, directory and systems management

“We used Visual Studio and Microsoft interoperability services such as SNA Server and COMTI to implement a new Web-based dealer communication system on Windows NT® that could easily access our existing IBM mainframe-based COBOL applications,”
said Alan Cseresznyak, national manager of Admin. Support at Toyota Industrial Equipment.
“The Microsoft toolset saved us an enormous amount of time by letting us quickly integrate our Web applications with our existing systems, allowing us to take advantage of the latest Web technologies.”

“Resources such as the Microsoft Windows DNA Interoperability Center help developers of leading Web sites deliver robust distributed Web applications,”
said Tod Nielsen, vice president of the Developer Group at Microsoft.
“Visual Studio, combined with the Windows DNA interoperability services, provides tools today – tools developers already know – to help developers move toward the vision of programming the Web, where universal integration is not an option – it’s required.”

Windows DNA 2000, announced in September, expands and simplifies interoperability using technologies such as Windows 2000, the BizTalk TM Framework and
Integration Server. Windows DNA 2000 will enhance Windows DNA to offer a comprehensive, integrated platform for building and operating state-of-the-art distributed Web applications as well as the next generation of Internet-based Web services. The Microsoft Windows DNA Interoperability Center will help developers take advantage of this new platform to enable richer, more personalized applications and services that integrate via the Internet.

Microsoft Visual Studio development system version 6.0 includes a complete suite of award-winning tools for building scalable enterprise solutions. These tools provide comprehensive support for building all aspects of a multi-tier solution based on the Windows DNA architecture. This includes building cross-platform Web applications, as well as client/server applications based on the Windows operating system.

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