Microsoft .NET Jolts the Industry

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 25, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it was honored in Software Development Magazine’s 12th Annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards. In the Libraries, Frameworks and Components category, the Microsoft®
.NET Framework — among more than 700 books, products and Web sites nominated in six categories — was awarded the prestigious JOLT Award. This award is one among many that have been awarded for .NET throughout the course of the past year, including the PC Magazine Technical Excellence Awards, Dr. Dobb’s Journal Excellence in Programming award and InfoWorld’s technology of the year award.

Also receiving awards from Software Development Magazine were Visual Studio .NET, in the Languages and Development Environment category, and MSDN, in the Web Sites and Developer Networks category.

“These awards cap a truly great year for the .NET development platform,” said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft. “To be acknowledged by Software Development Magazine with these prestigious awards makes us very proud. However, the real winners are the millions of developers who have given their feedback and support throughout an unprecedented beta program of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET.”

These awards are yet another example of the continuing momentum for Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework. Since their launch in February, the products have shipped more than 1 million units, and customers such as Nationwide Building Society, L’Oreal, Merrill Lynch and Pacific Life have already deployed applications built on .NET. Many, many customers are already realizing the benefits of a platform with built-in support for XML Web services and integration with the broadest range of systems. The Software Development Magazine Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards are given to products that have jolted the industry with their significance and made the difficult task of creating corporate software faster, easier and more efficient. Jolt, “the world’s most powerful cola,” is the fabled soft drink quaffed by software programmers for sustenance throughout development project marathons. This year’s winners were announced in a ceremony held on Wednesday, April 24, at SDWest in San Jose. A complete list of winners can be found at .

About the .NET Framework

The Microsoft .NET Framework is a platform for building, deploying and running XML Web services and applications. It provides a highly productive, standards-based, multilanguage environment for integrating existing investments with next-generation applications and services as well as the agility to solve the challenges of deployment and operation of Internet-scale applications. The .NET Framework consists of two main parts: the common language runtime and a hierarchical set of unified class libraries that includes a next-generation Web application environment, ASP.NET; a loosely coupled data access subsystem, ADO.NET; and an environment for building rich Windows®
-based applications, Windows Forms.

About Visual Studio .NET

Visual Studio .NET is the comprehensive development tool for rapidly building and integrating XML Web services and applications. Visual Studio .NET offers developers a highly productive environment in which to develop a broad range of applications that run on the new .NET Platform. Using the secure and high-performance .NET Framework runtime environment, Visual Studio .NET offers developers powerful tools for designing, building, testing and deploying XML Web services and applications as well as sharing best practices and guidelines in a team environment.

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 the people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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