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Borland Software Corporation today announced it is the first to license the Microsoft
Windows .NET Framework Software Development Kit (SDK) for distribution,
which will help to accelerate the .NET application development lifecycle.
This licensing agreement underscores the Borland commitment to provide fast,
flexible .NET Connected solutions.

“Borland is the first company to license the Windows .NET Framework and this
represents a key milestone for customers.” said Eric Rudder, senior vice
president for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft
Corp. “This is one in an extensive range of initiatives to help bring the
benefits and capabilities of .NET technologies to enterprises of all sizes.
The Windows .NET Framework offers companies the opportunity to build
competitive, innovative solutions.”

With this licensing agreement, Borland plans to introduce a new development
solution for Windows .NET later this year and will also provide the existing
three million-plus Borland developers with more opportunities to quickly and
easily build and deploy software applications on the Windows .NET Framework.

“As the first company to license the Windows .NET Framework SDK, we are
expanding our offering of enterprise solutions that accelerate software
development for all major platforms,” said Frank Slootman, senior vice
president and general manager of Borland software products. “We are
committed to providing the best independent, .NET Connected development
solution that will help our customers speed the application development

“As .NET continues to gain momentum in the marketplace, enterprises are
going to demand unique .NET solutions that expand upon existing skills,
investments and assets,” Mark Driver of Gartner said. “An independent
application lifecycle solution will provide an attractive alternative for
developers who wish to capitalize on the Windows .NET Framework while
maintaining a best-of-breed approach across vendors.”

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