Tuesday July 11, 10:00 am Eastern Time
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Microsoft Delivers First .NET Platform Developer Tools for Building Web Services
PDC Attendees Receive Technology Preview of .NET Framework and Visual Studio.NET
ORLANDO, Fla., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In his keynote address at the
eighth Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2000, Paul Maritz,
group vice president of the Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news),
today announced the initial developer availability to PDC attendees of the
Microsoft® .NET Framework and Visual Studio.NET for building, integrating
and running next-generation, XML-based Web services. Visual Studio.NET, the
latest version of the world's most widely used development tools, provides
native support for drag and drop development of Web services. Together, these
two products provide developers with a high productivity, multilanguage
environment to rapidly build, deliver and integrate Web services on the
Microsoft .NET Platform.
``Delivering this software to developers today is an important milestone in
helping developers build next-generation Internet software and services,''
Maritz said. ``By creating a unified platform where devices and services
cooperate with each other, Microsoft is unleashing a new wave of developer
opportunity and creativity that will help developers reach a new level of
power and simplicity.''
At the heart of the .NET Platform is the .NET Framework, a
high-productivity, multilanguage development and execution environment for
building and running Web services with important features such as
cross-language inheritance and debugging. The .NET Framework simplifies the
creation of Web services by automatically handling many common programming
tasks, regardless of programming language, reducing the amount of code
developers must write and eliminating common sources of programming errors.
The .NET Framework is the industry's first development environment to natively
support Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). The .NET Framework incorporates
advances to two key Microsoft development technologies:
the Component Object
Model, the most popular reusable software model in the world, and Active
Server Pages, used by nearly 1 million Web developers.
Separately, Microsoft announced that 17 third-party programming languages,
such as Perl from ActiveState and Python from Skippi-net, will support the
.NET Framework. The result is a new model of service-based development that
offers faster time to market and more reliable, scalable software.
Microsoft also announced the .NET Compact Framework, which allows any
device to emit or consume XML-based Web services. The .NET Compact Framework
is a small footprint, CPU-independent implementation of the .NET Framework.
Microsoft will provide a version for Windows® CE and other embedded
operating systems, as well as for devices that do not require an operating
Visual Studio.NET is the most productive tool set for developers building
Web services on the .NET Platform. Visual Studio.NET, which includes updates
to the Visual Basic® and Visual C++® development systems, the Visual
FoxPro® database development system, and a new language, C#, the recently
announced dialect of C++, helps developers extend today's development skills
to tomorrow's Web applications and Web services. Visual Studio.NET provides an
easy-to-use, extensible integrated development environment (IDE) for the .NET
Framework. Together, the new technologies introduced in the .NET Framework and
Visual Studio.NET will enable millions of developers worldwide to quickly
build and consume scalable, reliable and manageable Web services.
``We're really excited about Visual Studio.NET,'' said Bill Shea, software
development manager for Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. ``Enabling our software
developers to rapidly build applications that integrate with the systems we
have today, and that use Internet standards to communicate with any client
system or device, will help us further enhance our service offerings and
maintain our position as one of the world's leading financial management and
About Microsoft .NET
The Microsoft .NET Platform, announced June 22 at Forum 2000, is
Microsoft's initiative for creating the next generation of software, which
melds computing and communications in a revolutionary way. This vision offers
developers, businesses and consumers the ability to harness technology on
their terms and with the tools they need to create truly distributed Web
Services making information available any time, any place and on any device.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft 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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