Adobe Systems Joins Microsoft Windows 2000 Global Launch Effort

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 14, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Adobe Systems Inc. has joined Cisco Systems Inc., Commerce One Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., i2 Technologies Inc., Intel Corp., SAP AG, Toshiba Corp. and Unisys Corp. as a Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Global Launch Partner. These industry leaders are showcasing significant investment in the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating systems through solutions, services and support.

Adobe is a leading provider of professional Web design and publishing software. Adobe’s commitment to certifying its applications assures customers that the company’s award-winning applications will take advantage of the key features in Windows 2000 and deliver a complete set of Web design tools. Adobe’s fully integrated software slated for Windows 2000 certification includes Adobe® Acrobat® , Adobe GoLive TM , Adobe Illustrator® , Adobe InDesign® , Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Premiere® .

“Microsoft is excited about Adobe’s commitment to certifying its applications as well as including the company as a Windows 2000 Global Launch Partner,”
said Deborah Willingham, vice president of the Business and Enterprise Division at Microsoft.
“Because the launch of Windows 2000 is an industry event, we look to industry leaders such as Adobe to deliver superior solutions, services and support for Windows 2000.”

“Adobe is pleased to work with Microsoft as a Windows 2000 Global Launch Partner and to announce our intent to certify for Windows 2000 starting in the first half of the new year,”
said Bruce Chizen, executive vice president for Worldwide Products and Marketing, Adobe Systems.
“It is important to our customers to have a complete set of professional Web design tools optimized for the Windows 2000 operating system. Adobe’s integrated Web software combined with Microsoft’s powerful Windows 2000 operating system will enable a rich design experience for developing dynamic Web sites.”

Adobe and Microsoft are working closely together to offer award-winning software solutions for Web designers using the Windows 2000 operating system. Thanks to the combination of the new operating system from Microsoft and the leading desktop applications from Adobe, customers will benefit from powerful solutions for creating, accessing and disseminating information on the Web.

The Windows 2000 Global Launch Partners will join Microsoft in more than 60 locations worldwide on Feb. 17, 2000, to showcase innovative solutions and demonstrate ways that the entire computer industry is preparing customers for the launch of Windows 2000. Microsoft and industry partners are developing solutions that will empower businesses of all sizes to quickly become Internet-enabled and to lower costs by taking advantage of the enhanced manageability and increased reliability of the Windows 2000 operating system.

About the Windows 2000 Family and Microsoft

The Windows 2000 family of operating systems is designed to enable the next generation of PC computing. It allows organizations to Internet-enable their entire business using integrated Web application services, Internet-class scalability and standards-based security services. Windows 2000 delivers new levels of reliability and manageability to help increase system uptime and to lower the total cost of ownership. In addition, Windows 2000 helps to enable a new generation of devices, from the notebook to the data center. The Windows 2000 family includes Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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