Gates Outlines Microsoft’s Web Services Vision and $2 Billion Commitment To Developers at Tech-Ed 2000

ORLANDO, Fla., June 5, 2000 — Today in his opening keynote at TechEd 2000, Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates demonstrated new software that will deliver on the Microsoft vision for programming the next phase of the Web. Addressing over 11,500 of the record number 35,000 worldwide TechEd 2000 attendees, Gates issued a
“call to action” for developers to start engaging today with Microsoft® Windows® DNA 2000, Microsoft’s platform for Web Services.

Key to Microsoft’s vision is the ability to easily create Web Services — the next evolution of Web sites that are programmable, highly personalized, and accessible from a variety of device types and other Web sites – and orchestrate them in combination with multiple applications, platforms and organizations behind the firewall and over the Internet. Software deliverables include the following:

  • SOAP Toolkit for Visual Studio
    ®
    6.0 — enabling the millions of developers using Visual Studio to easily build and leverage Web Services with Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), an open standards-based interoperability protocol

  • BizTalk


    Orchestration
    — breakthrough technology for creating and managing business processes that span multiple applications, platforms, Web Services and organizations inside and outside the firewall

  • RAD (Rapid Application Development) for the Server tools in the next generation of Visual Studio — for accelerating and simplifying the creation of rich server-side applications and Web Services

BizTalk Server 2000 and Visual Studio are members of Windows DNA 2000, which includes additional support for Web Services such as data storage, management and security. Finally, Gates detailed a $2 billion commitment to developers and IT professionals using these new Microsoft technologies. This investment includes developer education programs focused on Windows DNA 2000 and ensuring developer success with Next Generation Windows Services.

“Using Windows DNA 2000, including BizTalk Server 2000 and Visual Studio, developers can start delivering Web Services solutions to users today,”
Gates said.
“With a $2 billion investment and the delivery of these new products and technologies, Microsoft is ensuring that the greatest number of developers can take advantage of the programmable Web.”

SOAP Toolkit

The SOAP Toolkit for Visual Studio 6.0, which includes source code, adds features to the current version of the Visual Studio development environment to enable millions of developers to easily build Web Services. Available for download today on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN™
) Web site ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/ ), the Toolkit:

  • Turns existing applications into Web Services without having to rewrite them or master the intricacies of Extensible Markup Language (XML).

  • Utilizes wizards in the SOAP Toolkit to turn existing Microsoft Windows-based applications into Web Services.

  • Programs Web Services just as they program other COM components today.

  • Creates applications that interoperate with objects on other platforms, including UNIX.

BizTalk Orchestration

BizTalk Orchestration enables the
“orchestration”
of business processes where multiple applications are assembled like building blocks to create larger
“systems of applications.”
This revolutionary new technology will help customers take advantage of new business opportunities and coordinate relationships with trading partners over the Web. Expected to ship later this summer, the first beta version of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 will include BizTalk Orchestration. BizTalk Server 2000 is a key component of Windows DNA 2000. The BizTalk Orchestration software includes the following:

  • Visual Design Tools — a drag-and-drop design environment based on the popular Microsoft Visio® graphics tool helps business analysts and developers graphically define and modify interactions between applications and organizations at the business processes level — rather than through low-level software interfaces. Processes can be graphically connected with specific components and applications to build solutions.

  • Orchestration Engine — a runtime for executing, monitoring and debugging business processes

  • Binding Architecture — an open mechanism for connecting business processes with any application or component running on any platform over any protocol to enable
    “Any to Any”
    integration


RAD for the Server Tools

RAD for the Server tools in the next generation of Visual Studio, scheduled to be available in beta later this year, will help Windows DNA 2000 developers accelerate and simplify the creation of rich server-side applications and Web Services:

  • The ability to discover server resources existing on the network, thereby reducing time spent searching for existing resources

  • Installation Programs that automatically set up and configure all tiers of the Windows DNA application

  • Drag and Drop Visual Tools

  • Reusable server components that reduce the size and complexity of multi-tier applications

  • Dynamic Properties, which enable on-the-fly ability to change the configuration of the application at runtime without stopping the application and then re-deploying.

About Windows DNA 2000

Windows DNA 2000 is Microsoft’s platform for rapidly building and deploying next-generation e-commerce, line-of-business and Web solutions that easily integrate with customers, partners and existing applications. In addition to Windows 2000, other components of the Windows DNA 2000 platform include Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server™
, the COM+ component and programming model and other application services — all best-of-breed products that utilize the deepest developer talent pool and third-party market in the industry. More information on Windows DNA 2000 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsdna/ .

About Microsoft TechEd

Microsoft TechEd is Microsoft’s premier technical training and education event. Microsoft TechEd 2000 U.S. combines with 15 other TechEd events worldwide for a total attendance of 35,000, making it one of the largest worldwide technical education events ever. Microsoft TechEd is an annual conference designed to provide developer education and training on Microsoft’s platforms and tools, while giving attendees in-depth information on how to integrate various Microsoft and third-party technologies into their solutions. Sponsors for TechEd 2000 include BindView Development Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., IBM Corp., VERITAS Software Corp. and NetIQ Corp.

On Tuesday at TechEd 2000, Bob Muglia, group vice president for the Business Productivity Group at Microsoft, will address the changes knowledge workers are driving within organizations and outline how Microsoft believes new technologies will extend their reach even further.

The Microsoft TechEd conference is one of many resources Microsoft provides to developers via MSDN, the Microsoft Developer Network, to help them benefit from the business opportunities enabled by innovations on the Windows platform. For a complete listing of MSDN programs, events and resources, please visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/ .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“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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