Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Show the Road to .NET at PASS 2001

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 23, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that CEO Steve Ballmer and Gordon Mangione, vice president of Microsoft® SQL Server™
, will deliver keynote addresses at the largest North American SQL Server users conference and expo, PASS 2001 North America, Sept. 19-22 in Orlando, Fla.

Designed specifically for SQL Server professionals who want to increase their competitive edge, PASS 2001 will showcase information on the latest technology and solutions being built on SQL Server. This year’s conference offers an impressive lineup of more than 110 technical sessions emphasizing the issues that are important to today’s SQL Server users. Educational tracks include developing Web-enabled and line-of-business solutions; enterprise database administration and deployment; data warehousing; and business intelligence. With panel discussions developed to answer questions on the newest innovations of SQL Server 2000, PASS 2001 will provide the fundamental foundation to enable SQL Server users to stay ahead in today’s fast-moving technological marketplace.

Those interested can register today for PASS 2001 North America at http://www.sqlpass.org/events/orlando/ .

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is the complete database and analysis offering for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and data warehousing solutions. SQL Server, the No. 1 database on the Windows® platform, is the data management and analysis cornerstone of the Microsoft .NET Platform for XML Web services. More information on Microsoft SQL Server is available at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/ .

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