Microsoft Tech Ed 2000 Sells Out for Eighth Consecutive Year

REDMOND, Wash., May 31, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the eighth annual Microsoft® Tech Ed event, which will be held June 5-8 in Orlando, Fla., has sold out, drawing more than 11,500 developers and IT professionals. In addition, Microsoft Tech Ed 2000 will be combined with 15 worldwide Tech Ed events for an estimated total attendance of 35,000, which makes it one of the largest worldwide technical education events ever.

This year’s show will feature more ISVs, sponsors and exhibitors than previous Tech Ed events, suggesting that enterprises are more geared up than ever to Web-enable their businesses using the Microsoft Windows® DNA 2000 platform.

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will kick off the event on June 5, with a keynote address on Microsoft’s vision for the future of developing enterprise Web applications and how businesses can start using the Windows DNA 2000 platform and its foundation, the Windows 2000 operating system, to quickly build integrated Web solutions. On Tuesday, Bob Muglia, group vice president of the Business Productivity Group at Microsoft, will deliver a second keynote address on the changes knowledge workers are driving within organizations and outline how Microsoft believes new technologies will further extend their reach.

For the first time, developers and IT professionals who cannot attend in person can participate in more than 35 sessions, including both keynotes, via webcast. Gates and Muglia will host online Q & A discussions with the Web audience following the keynote sessions. General attendees can register online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/tewebcast/default.asp . The cost is $99, which includes access to all Web sessions. Members of the press interested in participating in the webcast or attending the event should send e-mail to techeduspressreg@wagged.com.

“Microsoft is committed to helping developers and IT professionals meet the challenges of a Web-connected world,”
said Tod Nielsen, vice president of the Platform Group at Microsoft.
“Tech Ed, a strategic part of that commitment, continues to be a premier conference educating partners and customers about Web-enabling businesses now and in the future. Microsoft believes that communicating with developers and IT professionals at Tech Ed is an invaluable part of establishing Windows DNA as the premier platform for building next-generation Web solutions.”

Tech Ed is Microsoft’s premier technical training and education event. Tech Ed 2000 will focus on Windows DNA 2000, the platform that provides the groundwork for empowering Web application developers to
“program the Web.”
Windows 2000 has built-in Internet services that enable developers to focus on adding business value to their applications. Tech Ed 2000 will be attended by developers, MIS managers and solution providers, who will participate in seminars, courses and demonstrations on how to take advantage of today’s tools and build the business Internet.

About Windows DNA 2000

Windows DNA 2000 is Microsoft’s end-to-end platform for rapidly creating e-commerce, line-of-business and Web solutions. It enables fast time to market and a manageable environment for deploying the next generation of scalable Web solutions that integrate with customers, partners, business processes and existing applications.

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“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies 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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