Microsoft and NetIQ Sign Technology Cross-Licensing Development and Marketing Agreement

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 12, 2000 — Today at the Intel Exchange conference, Microsoft Corp. and NetIQ Corp. announced a technology licensing agreement and partnership in operations management.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will license the NetIQ Operations Manager technology for managing the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system and Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. The companies also will collaborate on the development and marketing of additional management solutions for servers, clients, applications and devices. In addition, Microsoft will designate NetIQ as its premier independent software vendor (ISV) for solutions built on Microsoft’s operations management product. These solutions will include management of non-Microsoft environments, management of Windows NT® 4.0 operating system-based environments, and advanced security and network performance management.

“Our customers have asked Microsoft to provide integrated solutions to help manage mission-critical environments,”
said Deborah Black, vice president of Management Technologies at Microsoft.
“NetIQ has established itself as a clear leader in operations management, specifically the event and performance management of Windows Server products and Microsoft applications. This alliance provides customers with a scalable, industry-proven, best-of-breed solution to manage Windows-based environments, with extensions from NetIQ to manage non-Microsoft environments as well.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Microsoft in delivering a new generation of operations management technology,”
said Ching-Fa Hwang, CEO of NetIQ.
“This partnership will provide a great platform for systems management that will address growing customer demand for simplifying the management of their distributed enterprise infrastructures.”

About NetIQ

NetIQ is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management software and a leading supplier of operations management solutions for Windows 2000 Servers and Microsoft applications. More information is available from NetIQ’s Web site at or by calling (408) 330-7000.

About Microsoft

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.

Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

NetIQ, the NetIQ logo and Operations Manager are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetIQ Corp.

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