Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Named Best Overall Database

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 29, 2001 — Microsoft® SQL Server™
2000 was named the overall winner in the database software category in this years VARBusiness Annual Report Card (ARC).

The VARBusiness ARC is the most significant annual benchmark of the industrys solution provider and vendor relationship. It measures the overall level of satisfaction solution providers have with their software, hardware, networking, storage and Internet vendor partnerships. ARC winners signify the industrys leading vendors that solution providers look to for technology innovation and solutions in the digital economy.

Microsoft SQL Server was overwhelmingly voted No. 1 in the overall database software category by more than 5,000 systems integrators, IT consulting organizations, value-added resellers (VARs), solutions providers and software developers. SQL Server swept all three subcategories — Best Products/Pricing, Best Support and Best Partnership.

“Were excited to see our efforts are recognized by the partners that are key to our success,”
said Steve Murchie, group product manager for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp.
“SQL Server 2000 actively supports the solution provider community through education, sales and marketing programs. Working with this community has helped us develop a complete data management and analysis solution based on customer needs.”

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. More information on Microsoft SQL Server 2000 can be found at .

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