Microsoft and ArtinSoft Announce Strategic Alliance to Simplify Upgrade To Visual Studio .NET

REDMOND, Wash., and SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, July 23, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. and ArtinSoft, the industry leader in enterprise migration and upgrade technologies, today announced a strategic alliance to help developers interested in building XML Web services with Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET and the .NET Framework.

This alliance includes services, a strategic equity investment and software that provides Visual Studio .NET developers with a wizard for upgrading to Visual Basic® .NET from Visual Basic 6.0. The Upgrade Wizard uses ArtinSoft’s industry-leading upgrade technology, is integrated seamlessly into the Visual Studio .NET Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) and is provided at no additional cost to Visual Studio .NET customers.

In addition, Microsoft has named ArtinSoft as the preferred supplier of worldwide upgrade services for customers. ArtinSoft’s services are available to customers seeking experienced and cost-conscious architectural guidance to upgrade existing Visual Basic 6.0 code to Visual Basic .NET and take advantage of XML Web services.

“ArtinSoft’s upgrade tools help enterprise developers sensibly and cost-consciously upgrade their applications to Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework,”
said Tom Button, vice president of the Developer Tools Division at Microsoft.
“With ArtinSoft’s services, customers will be able to rapidly extend their existing solutions to produce compelling applications and solutions in the new XML Web services world.”

As customers determine the best way to build and implement XML Web services, the strategic alliance between ArtinSoft and Microsoft offers customers the most fiscally responsible and expeditious plan to take advantage of the benefits of XML Web services.

“One of our goals at Freeway was to become a pioneer of the .NET Platform, and to do so, we needed to upgrade our ezWay application to Visual Basic .NET. This was a mission-critical project that required a true business partner with knowledge, technology and experience,”
said Oscar Emo, CEO of Freeway Corp.
“With ArtinSoft’s support, we upgraded ezWay to Visual Basic .NET and are now using cutting-edge technology to build and consume XML Web services.”

“Enterprises cannot ignore their existing software and hardware assets, but at the same time, no longer need to be restricted by them,”
said Dr. Carlos Araya, CEO of ArtinSoft.
“ArtinSoft gives enterprises the freedom to advance their applications automatically into newer and more flexible technologies, with up to 98 percent proven accuracy.”

The alliance represents a substantial step toward Microsoft’s commitment to the Costa Rican software industry, which is a dynamic and growing market.

“This alliance allows millions of developers around the world to use ArtinSoft’s technology to move their applications to the Microsoft .NET Platform,”
said Mauricio Santillan Razo, vice president of Microsoft Latin America.
“We are proud to have ArtinSoft as a partner in our region.”

About Visual Studio .NET

Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft’s rapid application development (RAD) tool for building next-generation Web applications and XML Web services. Visual Studio .NET empowers developers to rapidly design broad-reach Web applications for any device and any platform. In addition, Visual Studio .NET is fully integrated with the .NET Framework, providing support for multiple programming languages and automatically handling many common programming tasks, freeing developers to rapidly create Web applications using their language of choice. Visual Studio .NET includes a single IDE with RAD features for building Web applications and middle-tier business logic, and RAD XML designers for working with data. More information about Visual Studio .NET can be found at http://www.visualstudio.net/ .

About ArtinSoft

ArtinSoft is the industry-leading migration and upgrade technology company, which offers the most innovative solution available globally to enable cost-efficient, rapid source-code-to-source-code and database migrations. ArtinSoft’s technology enables enterprises to choose their platform and strategic direction, allowing mission-critical resources to be focused on more profitable opportunities.

For more information about ArtinSoft, visit its World Wide Web site at http://www.artinsoft.com/ , or contact the company in Costa Rica, + (506) 283-3144 or in London, England, + (44) 208-263-2817. The e-mail address is info@artinsoft.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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