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Inprise Offers to License 100% Pure Java Technology to Microsoft; JBuilder Provides Platform-Independent Solution for Microsoft and its Customers.

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 1998--Inprise Corporation (Nasdaq: INPR), a premier provider of integration software and services to leading enterprises, today announced at the Inprise Conference in Tokyo an offer to license its JBuilder 100% Pure Java development tools to Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT). This offer is in response to a U.S. district court's injunction against Microsoft requiring Microsoft to conform to Sun Microsystems' (Nasdaq: SUNW) platform-independent 100% Pure Java specification. Financial terms of the offer were not disclosed.

"Inprise is ready to help Microsoft, Sun and customers of both companies obtain the benefit of 100% Pure Java cross-platform technology by licensing our JBuilder technology to Microsoft," said Del Yocam, Inprise chairman and CEO. "JBuilder has become the leading enterprise development environment for building 100% Pure Java cross-platform, scalable, open solutions. We recognize that many customers could be adversely impacted by the injunction against Microsoft and therefore we want to offer a solution that will enable Microsoft to quickly comply with the ruling from the U.S. District Court."

Inprise has worked closely as a partner to both Sun and Microsoft, and was one of the first licensees of Java technology from Sun. Inprise helped Sun develop the JavaBeans specification and was first to ship a development environment with support for 100% Pure Java and JDK 1.1 in 1997 with the initial release of JBuilder 1.0. Since that time, Inprise has taken a leadership position in its support for open, platform-independent enterprise standards with strong support for Java, Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) and CORBA.

"Our customers are demanding support for open standards without platform lock-in," said Zack Urlocker, Inprise vice president of marketing. "We believe that Java and CORBA provide the basis for open solutions that support all enterprise platforms, not just Windows."

Inprise JBuilder

The Inprise JBuilder product family supports Sun's Pure Java industry-standard specifications, including Java Native Interface (JNI), RMI, Java event handling, JDK 1.1.x, JDK 1.2, JFC/Swing components, JavaBeans, Enterprise JavaBeans, and JDBC - many of which may be issues in developing and deploying platform-independent Java solutions with Microsoft's Visual J++. JBuilder also features a scalable database architecture, robust visual "Two-Way" development tools, and supports CORBA and all major corporate database servers. Through JBuilder's unique "JDK Switching" capability, developers can leverage the newest JDK 1.2 to produce the most sophisticated "100% Pure Java" platform-independent applications, applets, servlets, and JavaBeans. For more information on JBuilder, customers may visit the Inprise Web site at http://www.inprise.com/jbuilder/

About Inprise Corporation

Inprise Corporation is a leading provider of software and services that simplify the complexity of enterprise application development, integration, deployment, and management. The company is distinguished for its award-winning family of rapid application development products and for proven scalable middleware. Inprise integrates these offerings with application-management products to provide customers with end-to-end solutions. Inprise customers include leading enterprises and independent software vendors around the world. Founded in 1983, Inprise is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, and has operations around the world. Inprise has more than 900 employees worldwide. For more information on Inprise, customers can visit the company's Web site at http://www.inprise.com

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