Microsoft and Altova to Provide XML Development Tools For Microsoft SQL Server 2000

REDMOND, Wash., and BEVERLY, Mass., March 13, 2002 — Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software company, and Altova Inc., the provider of XML Spy 4.3 Suite, the world’s leading XML development tool suite for advanced XML application development, today released powerful new features to support Microsoft®
SQL Server (TM) 2000 SQLXML. SQLXML is a powerful set of tools that effectively bridge the gap between extensible markup language (XML) and relational data by creating XML views of relational data.

The new XML Spy provides enhanced tools support for Microsoft developers and database administrators. As a result of cooperation with the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 product team, the XML Spy 4.3 integrated development environment (IDE)’s schema editor now includes full development support for XML schemas, including Microsoft SQLXML extensions, for use in mapping XML schemas to relational databases.

“Microsoft recognizes Altova’s XML Spy 4.3 Suite as an industry-leading XML development tool, and we are pleased to have authoring support for SQLXML directly within XML Spy 4.3 Suite,” said Stan Sorensen, director of SQL Server product marketing at Microsoft. “Using XML Spy’s powerful graphical schema editor, software developers and database administrators can easily create and edit XML schemas that simplify programming and data management.”

“We are impressed by the ease of use of Microsoft’s SQLXML technology, which helps unify relational databases and rich XML content,” said Alexander Falk, president and CEO of Altova. “This is an important cornerstone for creating modern document frameworks, and that is why we selected SQL Server 2000 and SQLXML for our developer showcase Web site,”

About Microsoft SQL Server 2000

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. It dramatically reduces the time required to bring these applications to market while offering the scalability needed for the most demanding environments. SQL Server 2000 is the data management cornerstone of Microsoft .NET Web services.

About XML Spy 4.3 Suite

XML Spy 4.3 Suite is a comprehensive developer tools suite for advanced XML application development, consisting of the XML Spy 4.3 IDE, the XML Spy 4.3 XSLT Designer and the XML Spy 4.3 Document Editor. The XML Spy Suite is the ultimate tools suite for editing XML content, XML schemas, XSL and XSLT, and for testing/debugging Web Services.

Pricing and Availability

New SQLXML developer tools are included with the XML Spy 4.3 Suite, which is available for download and purchase at . The XML Spy 4.3 Suite is available as a free upgrade to existing XML Spy customers. A complete price list, including for multiuser and concurrent-user licenses, can be found by visiting or by sending e-mail to [email protected]. More information about SQL Server 2000 is available at .

About Altova

Altova is a leading provider of XML software solutions with offices in Beverly, Mass., and headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The privately held company was founded in 1992 and has been actively involved in the XML market from the early conception of XML. Altova’s XML Spy is the leading choice of Fortune 500 and Global 1,000 companies, with over half a million registered users worldwide. Altova is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

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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