Small Business Dream House Software Chooses Windows 2000 To Create Its Own Business Internet

REDMOND, Wash., March 22, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that software developer Dream House Software Inc. has migrated to the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 platform. The Orinda, Calif.-based developer of innovative imaging and remote control software for handheld and Pocket PCs said it embraced Windows 2000 both as its platform for application development and as a means to maintain seamless contact with its outside vendors and partners via the Internet.

“We need an operating system with high reliability because we need to stay in constant contact with our external partners,”
said Alan Finke, president of Dream House Software.
“Also, because we’re small, we want to be able to concentrate on developing good products. We don’t want to worry about the performance of our operating system. We installed Windows 2000 Professional when it was released, and since then, the system has run seven days a week without any glitches.”

“Dream House Software is one of the many small companies using Windows 2000 to take full advantage of the Business Internet,”
said Keith White, director of Marketing, Microsoft.
“Companies are forging partnerships, customer relationships, and doing business in ways never before possible – and they’re doing it today thanks to Windows 2000.”

Crucial Benefits of Windows 2000: High Reliability, Scalability

Finke said that Windows 2000, which Dream House uses for development and business applications as well as networking, offers extremely high system uptime and built-in protection against application failures.

“We need an operating system with high reliability for our development projects as well,”
Finke said.
“Windows 2000 performs like a champ. Building the company’s Internet business on Windows 2000 will enable Dream House to accomplish more in less time and for less money,”
Finke added.

“We also anticipate that the scalability of Windows 2000 Server is going to be critical to our business going forward, and it was one of the reasons we adopted this operating system,”
Finke said.
“We need a system that can grow easily as we grow and will smoothly handle the needs of our growing business as well as any hosting services we may want to implement. For long-term development efforts and business operations, Windows 2000 will prove a key element for our growth.”

Enabling Seamless Communication, Collaboration Over the Internet

Because Dream House relies heavily on the services of contract companies for performing various business functions, it also benefits from the enhanced security features of Windows 2000, which support an array of the latest standards for securing information on intranets, extranets and the Internet.

“We need to stay in constant contact with our external partners,”
Finke said, adding that his company uses Microsoft Personal Web Server for its company intranet and is building an extranet based on Microsoft Internet Information Services. Both technologies ship as a part of Windows 2000.
“Our ability to have uninterrupted communications with our external vendors means we can go to market with products while appearing – and operating – like a much larger company.”

Dream House Software titles include PocketPhoto, which lets users store up to 100 pictures on their handheld PCs; the upcoming Retriever application, which will let users remotely access desktop PC-based files using their handhelds, edit them and then transmit them to other users; and Control Pad, which will enable homeowners to remotely control house functions – for example, turning lights on and off – from their personal devices. More information can be found at the company’s Web site, .

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