Microsoft Launches Web Developers Community to Lead ISVs Through Transition to Software as a Service

Community Provides Advice and Best Practices for Building Hosted

Applications in a Microsoft .NET Environment



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading the industry into a new
 paradigm of software as a service, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today
 announced its Hosted Applications Development Community, a new Web-based
 resource for independent software vendors and developers. This community will
 serve as a guide for the steps necessary to deliver next-generation
 applications designed specifically for the hosted environment and will provide
 in-depth technical knowledge and interactive support to ISVs that are
 developing best-of-breed hosted applications on the Microsoft(R) .NET
 platform.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "ISVs have told us they recognize that the future is in the
 software-as-a-service model and that it will take a new generation of hosted
 applications to get there," said Dwight Krossa, director of emerging business
 at Microsoft. "This community provides further resources to help ISVs move to
 a hosted application environment. Our goal is to arm ISVs with time-saving
 knowledge and guidance on their efforts as they build and rearchitect their
 applications to maximize the opportunities in the new software-as-a-service
 paradigm."
     The Microsoft Hosted Applications Development Community, accessible to all
 ISVs and developers through Microsoft's ASP Web site
 (http://www.microsoft.com/asp/) and through Microsoft's Certified Partners
 secure site, will include a newsgroup managed by Microsoft's Product Support
 Services in addition to bulletins, white papers, case studies and other
 resources. The community is open to all ISVs and Web developers building
 hosted applications. Through interaction with peers as well as Microsoft
 experts, developers will gain the following:
 
     -- Information. An understanding of the intricacies of moving toward a
        software-as-a-service business model and the challenges associated with
        entering this market
     -- Guidance. Tips on design and direction to make Microsoft products more
        helpful in building best-of-breed applications quickly
     -- Support. Support on design considerations such as provisioning, billing
        customization
     -- Learning. An opportunity to learn from and interact with other
        organizations in Microsoft's extensive network of industry partners
 
     Through the end of June 2001, ISVs that are Microsoft Certified Partners
 will have free access to telephone advisory services -- special one-on-one
 access to a hosted application specialist that can provide short-term,
 remote-based development consulting for architecture, design, development or
 deployment issues.
     "Onyx Software strongly believes that software as a service will be a
 large part of our business going forward," said Brent Frei, CEO of Onyx
 Software Corp. "Our customers are asking for hosted solutions, and we continue
 to innovate our products to leverage the power, flexibility and
 cost-effectiveness of the Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. I have no doubt
 Microsoft's new Web community will quickly become a favorite resource at
 Onyx."
     "Choosing Microsoft's platform was a key strategic decision for Allegis,"
 said David Story, vice president of engineering at Allegis Corp., a leader in
 developing enterprise-level solutions for partner relationship management
 (PRM). "Allegis took advantage of the Microsoft .NET platform to pioneer the
 delivery of enterprise-level PRM solutions in both installed and hosted
 service options. Using .NET Enterprise Servers, in 2000 we delivered
 99.97 percent software availability for our hosted Global 2,000 customers,
 which include Hewlett-Packard, BellSouth, British Telecom, Samsung and
 Logitech. Making the paradigm shift to software as a service won't be trivial
 for developers accustomed to delivering packaged, installed software -- we
 think that Microsoft's community will be an incredibly valuable resource both
 for Allegis and for developers following in our footsteps."
     "There will be a tremendous opportunity for ISVs around building software
 as a service over the next three to five years," said Rosa Garcia, general
 manager of partner programs at Microsoft. "There is a whole new emerging
 opportunity for building incremental revenues with their existing applications
 as well as in learning tangible ways to build on the vision for .NET and .NET
 services. This global community is one of many resources we will be delivering
 to help ISVs and developers migrate to the software-as-a-service model."
     The Microsoft Hosted Applications Development Community is available to
 members of MSDN(R) Business Connection through http://www.microsoft.com/asp/
 and to Microsoft Certified Partners through the Hosted Applications
 Development link at http://mcsp.microsoft.com/.
     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.
     NOTE:  Microsoft and MSDN are either registered trademarks or trademarks
 of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of
 actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
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    REDMOND, Wash., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading the industry into a new
 paradigm of software as a service, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today
 announced its Hosted Applications Development Community, a new Web-based
 resource for independent software vendors and developers. This community will
 serve as a guide for the steps necessary to deliver next-generation
 applications designed specifically for the hosted environment and will provide
 in-depth technical knowledge and interactive support to ISVs that are
 developing best-of-breed hosted applications on the Microsoft(R) .NET
 platform.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "ISVs have told us they recognize that the future is in the
 software-as-a-service model and that it will take a new generation of hosted
 applications to get there," said Dwight Krossa, director of emerging business
 at Microsoft. "This community provides further resources to help ISVs move to
 a hosted application environment. Our goal is to arm ISVs with time-saving
 knowledge and guidance on their efforts as they build and rearchitect their
 applications to maximize the opportunities in the new software-as-a-service
 paradigm."
     The Microsoft Hosted Applications Development Community, accessible to all
 ISVs and developers through Microsoft's ASP Web site
 (http://www.microsoft.com/asp/) and through Microsoft's Certified Partners
 secure site, will include a newsgroup managed by Microsoft's Product Support
 Services in addition to bulletins, white papers, case studies and other
 resources. The community is open to all ISVs and Web developers building
 hosted applications. Through interaction with peers as well as Microsoft
 experts, developers will gain the following:
 
     -- Information. An understanding of the intricacies of moving toward a
        software-as-a-service business model and the challenges associated with
        entering this market
     -- Guidance. Tips on design and direction to make Microsoft products more
        helpful in building best-of-breed applications quickly
     -- Support. Support on design considerations such as provisioning, billing
        customization
     -- Learning. An opportunity to learn from and interact with other
        organizations in Microsoft's extensive network of industry partners
 
     Through the end of June 2001, ISVs that are Microsoft Certified Partners
 will have free access to telephone advisory services -- special one-on-one
 access to a hosted application specialist that can provide short-term,
 remote-based development consulting for architecture, design, development or
 deployment issues.
     "Onyx Software strongly believes that software as a service will be a
 large part of our business going forward," said Brent Frei, CEO of Onyx
 Software Corp. "Our customers are asking for hosted solutions, and we continue
 to innovate our products to leverage the power, flexibility and
 cost-effectiveness of the Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. I have no doubt
 Microsoft's new Web community will quickly become a favorite resource at
 Onyx."
     "Choosing Microsoft's platform was a key strategic decision for Allegis,"
 said David Story, vice president of engineering at Allegis Corp., a leader in
 developing enterprise-level solutions for partner relationship management
 (PRM). "Allegis took advantage of the Microsoft .NET platform to pioneer the
 delivery of enterprise-level PRM solutions in both installed and hosted
 service options. Using .NET Enterprise Servers, in 2000 we delivered
 99.97 percent software availability for our hosted Global 2,000 customers,
 which include Hewlett-Packard, BellSouth, British Telecom, Samsung and
 Logitech. Making the paradigm shift to software as a service won't be trivial
 for developers accustomed to delivering packaged, installed software -- we
 think that Microsoft's community will be an incredibly valuable resource both
 for Allegis and for developers following in our footsteps."
     "There will be a tremendous opportunity for ISVs around building software
 as a service over the next three to five years," said Rosa Garcia, general
 manager of partner programs at Microsoft. "There is a whole new emerging
 opportunity for building incremental revenues with their existing applications
 as well as in learning tangible ways to build on the vision for .NET and .NET
 services. This global community is one of many resources we will be delivering
 to help ISVs and developers migrate to the software-as-a-service model."
     The Microsoft Hosted Applications Development Community is available to
 members of MSDN(R) Business Connection through http://www.microsoft.com/asp/
 and to Microsoft Certified Partners through the Hosted Applications
 Development link at http://mcsp.microsoft.com/.
     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.
     NOTE:  Microsoft and MSDN are either registered trademarks or trademarks
 of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of
 actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
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