Microsoft and Announce .NET-Based Strategic Alliance

REDMOND, Wash., and MAYNARD, Mass., Dec. 19, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. and today announced a broad strategic alliance to deliver unprecedented richness and personalization to’s online job search functions and offer customers access to real-time, customized job search information., the leading global careers network and the flagship brand of TMP Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: “TMPW”), will deploy Microsoft®
.NET technologies, including .NET My Services such as .NET Passport authentication and single sign-in service as well as .NET Alerts, an easy and seamless way for users to choose to receive relevant information that they can act on any time, any place and on any device. The combination of Microsoft .NET technology and’s industry-leading services will provide an unprecedented experience for job seekers and corporate clients.

The adoption of .NET Alerts will make it possible for to send customers pertinent, real-time information such as new job openings and resume hits when they want to receive them and in the format they choose. Users who opt to take advantage of the .NET Alerts service will receive a pop-up alert, via Windows®
Messenger, on whichever Internet-enabled device they choose. will also offer users the ability to register and log into its Web site using .NET Passport single sign-in, reducing the amount of information to be remembered or retyped. Once signed into through .NET Passport, users can view important account information or create new My Monster accounts, without having to re-enter their login ID and password. .NET Passport also protects the security of users’ personal information by using powerful encryption technologies.

To obtain a .NET Passport at , all that is required is an e-mail name and a password. Any information collects beyond what can be stored in the .NET Passport profile is not shared with Microsoft.

By using .NET Passport, which has more than 200 million accounts worldwide, will make the online authentication process and creation of My Monster accounts more convenient and also improve the security of consumer information.

“Our alliance with Microsoft marks another milestone in’s long-term commitment to utilize the world’s best technologies to deliver the most relevant, useful and interactive experience to our customers,” said Jeff Taylor, founder of and global director of TMP Worldwide. “By harnessing Microsoft’s innovative software services and technologies, we further increase the distance between Monster and its competitors while significantly enriching the overall experience of our customers as they go through the job searching process.”

“As the premier online careers site, recognizes the inherent value proposition associated with XML-based Web services,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of the .NET Platform Strategy Group at Microsoft. “’s hugely successful and world-class online job search community combined with Microsoft .NET technologies and services will provide useful, timely and personalized information that enhances the online experience for customers worldwide.”

With the deployment of .NET My Services, will begin utilizing various .NET technologies such as Visual Studio®
.NET, Microsoft’s rapid application development (RAD) tool for building next-generation Web applications and XML Web services, as well as the .NET Framework, a platform for building, deploying and running XML Web services and applications. will use the Microsoft .NET Framework to deliver four of its leading Web services, Job Seeker Notification, Job Posting, Job Searching and Resume Posting, based on SOAP, UDDI and XML, and expects this component to be completed by early 2002.

Additionally, will adopt and deploy members of the Microsoft .NET Enterprise Server family including Windows 2000 Server, SQL Server (TM) 2000, BizTalk (TM) Server 2000 and Application Center 2000.’s deployment of the .NET Enterprise Servers will provide the company with a reliable foundation for XML Web services, allowing to quickly adapt to its changing business requirements.

About TMP Worldwide

Founded in 1967, TMP Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq “TMPW”), with more than 9,500 employees in 32 countries, is the online recruitment leader, the world’s largest Recruitment Advertising agency network, and one of the world’s largest Executive Search and Executive Selection agencies. TMP Worldwide, headquartered in New York, is also the world’s largest Yellow Pages advertising agency and a provider of direct marketing services. The company’s clients include more than 90 of the Fortune 100 and more than 480 of the Fortune 500 companies. More information about TMP Worldwide is available at .

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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