Steve Ballmer Outlines Microsoft .NET in China

Steve Ballmer Outlines Microsoft .NET in China

BEIJING, China, Sept. 19, 2000 — Microsoft President & CEO, Steve Ballmer, today outlined Microsoft .NET, in China, at a conference, attended by more than two thousand Chinese IT professionals and developers.

Since the launch of .NET in June, this new strategy has been a hot topic for the whole industry in China. At the developer’s conference, Steve Ballmer said,
“Microsoft.Net is our vision for the next generation of the Internet, where computing will move beyond Web browsing to an advanced Internet platform and a new world of dynamic software services. This new strategy represents a tremendous opportunity for Microsoft, the worldwide development community and our industry partners to define and execute on the next technology revolution.”

Ballmer also delivered a keynote speech to more than 2000 Students from four famous universities, including Tsinghua University, Peking University, Beijing Post & Telecom University, and Beijing Aero & Aestron University attended the speech titled at Tsinghua by Ballmer. In the speech named
“Opportunities And Challenge In The Software Decade”
, Ballmer pointed out that the way the Internet Generation learns, communicates, shops and entertains will change. The Gen-I lifestyle will be featured as paperless homework, research-electronic, smart cards-student ID, enrolling in classes, signing up for college, finding their job online and online yearbooks. The development of Internet will change education dramatically. Learning can be done any time, any place.

“As tomorrow’s leaders, you have a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of all the benefits the Internet has to offer,”
said Mr Ballmer.
“The Internet is already fundamentally changing how we live, work and entertain ourselves, yet we are only at the beginning of this great revolution. Transforming the way we do business and how people communicate with each other is one of the great opportunities and challenges we will all share in the coming years.”

Today, Mr Ballmer paid a visit to the member of Polibureau and Party Secretary General of Beijing, Mr. Jia Qinglin. In the meeting, Ballmer introduced Microsoft .NET to the Secretary General and discussed with him on to further boost the development of software industry of the city. Mr. Jia pointed out the software industry development plays a vital role in the city’s efforts to build its knowledge economy.

Additionally, Mr Ballmer held a meeting with the dotcom community and VC communities in China. He also hosted a dinner to thank customers, customers, partners, and business associates for their support.

In reviewing his two-day short trip, Mr Ballmer said,
“I am deeply impressed by what I have seen and heard in these two days. In the last two days, I have witnessed some world-class talents working in the local industry; I have met leaders from Chinese IT companies who are keen to set new trends in the industry and I have discussed the potential of the China market with the local government. There is no doubt in my mind that our investment and commitment in China is for the long-term. Microsoft is looking forward to working with Chinese government, local industry and partners to contribute to that development and helping China embrace the knowledge economy.”

About Microsoft

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For further information, please contact:

Wang Ke, H-line PR
Tel: 86 10 83913200
Fax: 86 10 83913210

Sharon Zhang & Jennifer Ma, Microsoft China
Tel: 86 10 62617711
Fax: 86 10 88097324

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