Microsoft and Seagate Software Join to Integrate Crystal Reports As Standard Web Reporting Technology for Visual Studio.NET and the .NET Platform

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 28, 2000 — Seagate Software Inc., a leader in enterprise reporting and analysis, and Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft will include Crystal Reports within Visual Studio.NET as the Web reporting technology of choice. Crystal Reports for Microsoft® Visual Studio.NET is a new product designed to provide Web developers with exceptional data visualization and analysis capabilities. Crystal Reports delivered in Visual Studio.NET will deeply support Visual Studio.NET features including Web Services, Web Forms and Windows® Forms.

“Microsoft and Seagate Software continue to work together to deliver customers a comprehensive Web development environment,”
said David Lazar, group product manager at Microsoft.
“The inclusion of Crystal Reports within Visual Studio.NET represents a critical milestone and Microsoft’s commitment to empowering Visual Studio.NET developers. Crystal Reports’ inherent support for the Microsoft .NET Framework provides Visual Studio.NET developers with immediate access to the tools they need to easily build the next generation of enterprise Web applications that run on any platform and on any device.”

“It is a great honor to have Microsoft endorse our technology by packaging Crystal Reports for Visual Studio.NET as the core enterprise Web reporting standard for Visual Studio.NET,”
said Greg Kerfoot, president at Seagate Software.
“Whether a company is a dot-com, ASP or has large implementations of SAP, PeopleSoft or any other ERP system, Crystal Reports for Visual Studio.NET is designed to provide powerful enterprise reporting within Web applications in Visual Studio.NET and to enable developers to embrace the power of the .NET Platform with our award-winning technology.”

Crystal Reports has provided tremendous value to the Visual Studio® community since it was first included with the Visual Basic® development system in 1993. As a member of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Integration Program, Seagate Software is working closely with Microsoft to optimize Seagate Software’s award-winning technology for the .NET Framework. New features of Crystal Reports for Visual Studio.NET include the following:

  • Seamless integration with all the managed languages in Visual Studio.NET: Visual Basic, C# and the Visual C++® development system with Managed Extensions

  • Presentation on the Windows operating system, HTML 3.2 and HTML 4.0 clients

  • Interactive features such as the ability to drill down on graphs, report navigation and text searching

  • Full XML support for sharing reports and information over the Web

“Support of the Microsoft .NET Framework will become a significant factor when developing powerful enterprise applications,”
said Mike Schiff, director of Data Warehousing Strategies for Current Analysis.
“Including Crystal Reports with Visual Studio.NET is a major accomplishment for Seagate Software. It will quite likely serve as a catalyst for its quick adoption by the development community, thus sustaining its already ubiquitous presence and its reputation for continuing to evolve to meet the new needs of both developers and end users.”

Taking Full Advantage of Crystal Reports 8 Today

Developers using the Visual Studio 6.0 development system can take advantage of Seagate Software’s powerful enterprise Web reporting today. Designed for the Web, Crystal Reports 8 Developer Edition (which was launched Feb. 14, 2000) provides developers with an easy-to-use powerful system for building and integrating interactive reports into Web applications using Visual Studio 6.0 technology. By adopting Crystal Reports 8, developers can seamlessly integrate Web applications into Visual Studio.NET by simply converting version 8 RPT files to the Crystal Reports for Visual Studio.NET.

Seagate Software delivers the most complete scalable enterprise reporting solution available in the market today, and it is built on Crystal Reports, the world’s most widely used desktop reporting system. Seagate Software’s suite of integrated business intelligence applications delivers Web-based technology to solve the complex challenge of managing secure report distribution across the enterprise to a broad range of users with diverse needs and skills.

For More Information

More information on Crystal Reports for Visual Studio.NET is available at . A free download of the Crystal Reports 8 Report Designer Component (RDC) is available at (connect-time charges may apply). Crystal Reports is sold in more than 40 countries worldwide and is available from a wide network of resellers and distributors as well as the Seagate Software online store. Information on all other Seagate Software products can be obtained by calling (800) 877-2340 (in North America) or (604) 681-3435 (internationally) or by visiting the Seagate Software Web site at .

About the .NET Platform and Microsoft

The Microsoft .NET Platform is Microsoft’s initiative for creating the next generation of software, which melds computing and communications in a revolutionary way. This vision offers developers, businesses and consumers the ability to harness technology on their terms and with the tools they need to create truly distributed Web services, making information available any time, any place and on any device. More information can be found at .

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) 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.

About Seagate Software

Seagate Software, a subsidiary of Seagate Technology Inc., develops integrated business intelligence applications, which include Crystal Analysis, Crystal Reports, Seagate Holos and Seagate Info. Seagate Software can be found on the Web at .

Seagate Technology Inc. is a leading provider of technology and products enabling people to store, access and manage information. The company is committed to providing best-in-class products to help people get information when, where and how they want it. Seagate is the world’s largest manufacturer of disc drives, magnetic discs and read-write heads, and an innovator in tape drives and software. Seagate can be found around the globe and at .

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