Microsoft to Unveil Next Steps in Management Strategy At NetWorld+Interop 2001 Las Vegas

REDMOND, Wash., April 30, 2001 — Next week at NetWorld+Interop 2001 Las Vegas — the industry’s definitive networking, Internet and telecommunications technology event — Microsoft Corp. will unveil the next steps in the Microsoft Management Strategy announced by Bill Gates last October, which include plans to provide customers with extensible and interoperable operations management solutions for the full range of Microsoft® server operating systems and server-based applications. NetWorld+Interop 2001 Las Vegas, a Key3Media Group Inc. event, takes place May 6-11, 2001, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“NetWorld+Interop is ground zero for showcasing innovation and advancements in management,”
said David Hamilton, director of product marketing for management technologies at Microsoft.
“This is a great opportunity for Microsoft to demonstrate its commitment to providing customers with the products and services they need to operate in today’s enterprise.”

“The network is the core of today’s business, which is why network management plays such a mission-critical role,”
said Valerie Williamson, brand president of Interop for Key3Media Events Inc.
“We are excited that Microsoft has selected NetWorld+Interop, the definitive networking event, as the platform to unveil the next steps of its management strategy.”

Microsoft’s activities at Networld+Interop 2001 Las Vegas include the following:

  • New management solution. Microsoft will introduce a new product that delivers key operations management capabilities crucial to the Microsoft Management Strategy announced last fall. The announcement will be made by Cliff Reeves, the 30-year software industry veteran who is now vice president of the Microsoft Windows® .NET Server Product Management Group, who will be making his first public address since joining the company. In addition, to enable IT professionals to get up to speed quickly on Microsoft’s new management solution, the company will provide courseware and trainers in Microsoft’s hands-on pavilion and also will be offering a new training course in September 2001.

  • Visio 2002. Visitors to Booth 5763 can see demonstrations on the Visio® 2002 drawing and diagramming software, which was released to manufacturing last week. The leader for fast and efficient IT diagrams, Visio 2002 enables IT professionals to document and design networks and plan directory migrations from the Windows 2000 Server Active Directory™
    service, Novell Directory Services or any Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)-compliant file format.

  • Worldwide partner group. Microsoft will enhance and build on its current partner programs with the introduction of two new certification tracks, structured training and an improved Web site, all geared to help partners find niche markets and increase profits. The initiatives simplify engagement and reduce costs for partners, providing them with the technologies and resources to succeed in today’s competitive economy. Microsoft will showcase the following at the NetWorld+Interop Partner Pavilion:

    • New affiliate partner subscription model

    • Two new certification categories in Microsoft’s Gold Certified Partner Program: Business Intelligence and Collaborative Solutions

    • Advanced Microsoft hands-on labs

    • Enhanced Microsoft Certified Partner Web site

  • E-commerce. Microsoft’s E-Commerce Group and Intel Corp. will host a round table at NetWorld+Interop 2001 Las Vegas featuring customers and partners taking advantage of the Microsoft and Intel e-commerce solution. The panel will cover business and economic challenges, demands of doing business on the Internet, and factors to consider in developing or enhancing an e-business solution.

About NetWorld+Interop

NetWorld+Interop provides networking, Internet and telecommunications professional buyers with a uniquely comprehensive forum for education and hands-on products and services to make critical purchase decisions. NetWorld+Interop affords buyers from enterprises, carrier/service providers and resellers/integrators the opportunity to experience live technology demonstrations firsthand. It’s this focus on advanced, multivendor, multiprotocol, multiservice interoperability technologies and solutions that make NetWorld+Interop the definitive networking, Internet and telecommunications event.

Media registration for NetWorld+Interop 2001 Las Vegas is available online at . Additional, up-to-date NetWorld+Interop information is available at .

NetWorld+Interop is a Key3Media Group (NYSE: KME) event. Key3Media Group is the world’s leading producer of information technology trade shows and conferences, serving more than 6,000 exhibiting companies and 2 million attendees through 49 events in 16 countries. Key3Media’s products range from the IT industry’s largest exhibitions such as COMDEX and NetWorld+Interop to highly focused events featuring renowned educational programs, custom seminars and specialized vendor marketing programs. More information about Key3Media can be found at .

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.

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