Microsoft and XDegrees Announce Premier Enterprise Application Using .NET My Services

REDMOND, Wash. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., November 13, 2001 — XDegrees, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that XDegrees has developed a new application for secure information exchange, an exciting enterprise application to use Microsoft® .NET My Services. The XDegrees System, announced today, significantly increases the security and availability of business information distributed throughout extended organizations, enabling employees, partners and customers to seamlessly and securely share, access and search for business-critical information.

“.NET My Services represents a fundamental advance in the development of applications for today’s enterprise, and XDegrees has integrated three key components into its product offering: .NET Passport, Windows® Messenger and .NET Alerts,”
said Michael Tanne, CEO of XDegrees.
“The XML Web services architecture and simple programming model allowed us to easily and quickly integrate these services into the XDegrees System.”

The XDegrees System was designed from the ground up to allow customers to use existing tools, such as e-mail and instant messaging, which have become the de facto standard for enterprise collaboration. Building on its previous integration with the Microsoft Outlook® messaging and collaboration client, XDegrees will now support Windows Messenger and .NET Alerts, allowing users of the XDegrees System to work together seamlessly across distributed teams. In addition, the XDegrees System integrates with .NET Passport for those users who choose .NET Passport for single sign in across multiple services. Leveraging Internet standards and widely used desktop tools, the XDegrees System allows enterprises to rapidly deploy secure information networks to users and applications involved in procurement, new product design, professional services and other distributed business functions, ensuring that users and applications can reliably and efficiently access and exchange information.

“We are excited to see XDegrees incorporating .NET My Services into the XDegrees System,”
said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of Developer and Platform Evangelism for Microsoft.
“Enterprises are looking for ways to simplify and secure the exchange of information with employees and partners. By taking advantage of .NET My Services, XDegrees is helping enterprises create more intelligent, connected businesses.”

.NET My Services offers user-centric services oriented toward people, rather than specific devices, networks or applications. .NET My Services is based on the Microsoft .NET Passport user authentication system. With .NET My Services, users receive relevant information, as they need it, delivered to the devices they’re using, and based on preferences they have established.

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.

About XDegrees

XDegrees develops eXtended Information Network (XIN) solutions that enable the secure, Web-based exchange of business information across the extended enterprise. Based on patent-pending technology, XDegrees products allow enterprises to rapidly deploy secure information networks to employees and partners so that users and applications can reliably and efficiently exchange information. The company was founded by a team of successful entrepreneurs and includes founders and former executives from AdForce, Ariba, CompuServe, CyberSource, HP, IBM, Microsoft, NETCOM, Netscape, Oracle, PointCast, Verity, and Zaplet. Founded in 2000, XDegrees is privately held and based in Mountain View, CA. More information can be found at .

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