Oracle and Microsoft Partner to Boost Developer Productivity

REDMOND, Wash., and REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., May 20, 2004 — Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. today announced Oracle’s participation in the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program as a Premier-level partner.

By joining the VSIP program, Oracle continues its ongoing commitment to developers to provide tighter integration between Oracle® Database and Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET 2003, which will increase developer productivity and ease deployment of Oracle-based applications on the Microsoft Windows®

“Microsoft is pleased to announce our partnership with Oracle,” said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of Servers and Tools at Microsoft. “The integration of Oracle’s products with Visual Studio .NET 2003 will provide our mutual customers with a more productive developer environment for building Oracle applications on the Microsoft Windows platform.”

“Oracle is committed to delivering a great database for Windows and making Windows developers more productive when using Oracle Database,” said Andrew J. Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Database Server Technologies, at Oracle. “By integrating more closely with Visual Studio, we will make it easier for Windows developers to harness the power of Oracle Database. We are excited to join the VSIP program and expect that Oracle and Visual Studio developers will benefit from this collaboration.”

Visual Studio Industry Partner Program Thriving

Oracle’s participation in the VSIP program is further proof of the expansive extensibility model for partners with Microsoft .NET technologies. To date there are more than 200 participants in the VSIP program and more than 400 add-on tools available for the Visual Studio .NET integrated development environment (IDE). In addition, there have been more than 13,000 downloads of the VSIP Software Development Kit, which offers Visual Studio .NET partners and customers advanced integration and customization capabilities.


Oracle plans to offer a download for integration with Visual Studio .NET 2003 from the Oracle Technology Network Web site, , later in 2004. Oracle Database 10 g for Microsoft Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) is available and can be downloaded at .

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