Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Academic Campus Visits Reach More Than 17,000 Students

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 21, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today at Stanford University held its 20th Visual Studio® .NET Academic campus visit. Since February, Microsoft has reached more than 17,000 students at campuses across the country in an effort to educate the next generation of developers on the award-winning integrated development environment (IDE) designed to offer faculty and students a clear path to exploring Microsoft® .NET development.

“Microsoft is committed to educating students on the benefits of the .NET Platform,”
said Dennis Crain, group product manager for Academic Developer Marketing at Microsoft.
“Visual Studio .NET Academic has been designed from the ground up with the academic developer in mind, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with the academic community.”

Visual Studio .NET Academic is the result of Microsofts extensive work with computer science professors to gain a greater understanding of what colleges and universities need for research and teaching. Visual Studio .NET Academic supports more than 20 programming languages, including academic languages such as Haskell, Mercury and Rational Scheme, developed by the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, University of Melbourne and Northwestern University, respectively.

Resources Available Through GotDotNet Student Community Site

Also today, Microsoft unveiled its Student Community Site on GotDotNet, a community Web site for the .NET Framework. A fully functional portal designed specifically for student developers, GotDotNet Student offers an informal, personalized environment for new developers to easily access learning materials, exchange ideas, and explore and contribute to a wide range of technical content. The site features student-specific content including tutorials, sample code, Visual Studio .NET Academic content, demonstrations and student directory services. Students can visit the Student Community Site at .

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