Microsoft Windows DNA for Manufacturing Receives Control Engineering 1999 Editors’ Choice Awards

CHICAGO, March 13, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. last night earned a prestigious 1999 Editors’ Choice award from Control Engineering magazine for the Microsoft® Windows® DNA for Manufacturing platform, a comprehensive, integrated platform for building and deploying distributed applications for the Business Internet. The award was presented at a gala reception at Chicago’s Ritz-Carleton Hotel for the National Industrial Automation Show and Conference opening today.

“Editors’ Choice award winners represent the best of the best for users of automation, control and instrumentation,”
said Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief of Control Engineering and Control Engineering Online.
“Every year, our editors select from hundreds of innovations featured in Control Engineering and Control Engineering Online. These 40 award winners represent the leading innovations that we covered in 1999.”

“We’re very gratified to receive the Control Engineering Editors’ Choice award, which validates the contribution that Windows DNA for Manufacturing makes for developers seeking to rapidly deploy state-of-the-art Internet applications for the manufacturing sector,”
said Don Richardson, industry manager for manufacturing at Microsoft.

The award to Windows DNA for Manufacturing was made based on three criteria: industry services, technological advancement and industry impact. The software is featured in the March 2000 issue of Control Engineering.

Also this week, Microsoft is publishing the Windows DNA for Manufacturing Jump-Start Kit, which explains Microsoft’s vision for manufacturing and the benefits of the Windows DNA 2000 platform. The kit is being distributed first at the show. Those interested in a free copy should visit the Microsoft Windows DNA for Manufacturing Theater (Booth 6310). Windows DNA 2000 provides the fastest, easiest route for Web application development, from high-traffic business-to-business e-commerce Web sites to enterprise supply-chain integration. Windows DNA makes it possible for organizations to build the secure, reliable, highly scalable commerce infrastructure necessary for today’s competitive business environment.

Windows DNA 2000 also eases the integration of heterogeneous systems and applications, connecting customers, partners, and suppliers both inside the organization and across the Internet. Because Windows DNA relies on a comprehensive and integrated set of services provided by the Windows operating system, developers are free from the burden of building or assembling the required infrastructure for distributed applications and are able to focus on delivering business solutions.

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