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MICROSOFT ANNOUNCES VISUAL SOURCESAFE, AN INTUITIVE CODE-MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Powerful Management Tool Facilitates Team-Based Software Development

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced Microsoft(R) Visual SourceSafe(TM) version 4.0, an enhanced version control/configuration management system for software development. Visual SourceSafe supports the Windows(R) 95, MS-DOS(R), Windows(R) version 3.1 and Windows NT(TM) operating systems and the Macintosh(R) development environment.

The Visual SourceSafe project-oriented approach to source-code control promotes code reuse and management of multiple versions of files and projects while helping prevent accidental code loss or alteration. These features make it an ideal tool for professional and corporate software-development teams.

Visual SourceSafe ships with the Enterprise Edition of the Visual Basic(R) programming system version 4.0. It is also available as a standalone product and integrates completely with the Standard and Professional Editions of Visual Basic 4.0 as well as with the Visual C++(TM) development system version 4.0. Visual SourceSafe adds scalability and security to the programmer's development environment, with the convenience of commands that are accessible as menu items.

"Visual SourceSafe adds powerful team-development and version- control features to the development environment," said Roger Heinen, senior vice president of the developer division at Microsoft. "Version control is critical to development efforts to protect application integrity, and Visual SourceSafe is ideally suited to meet these needs."

Visual SourceSafe 4.0 includes an enhanced interface that works like the Windows 95 Explorer. With customizable columns, drag-and-drop support, accelerator keys and an updated toolbar, the Visual SourceSafe Explorer makes it easier for developers to manage and find files.

Visual SourceSafe allows backtracking to previous versions, branching and merging, and it offers security and audit-trail capabilities. It can be used as a central development manager by software developers using other Microsoft tools.

"Visual SourceSafe is clearly the easiest to use," said David Mendlen, branch manager and consultant for Moss Micro, LLC. "Yet it offers all the features necessary to support our development projects. The Visual Explorer interface makes sense for Windows-based development and makes it easy for my programmers to learn."

Visual SourceSafe Offers Cross-Platform and UNIX Solutions

Microsoft Visual SourceSafe supports Windows 95, MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows NT and the Macintosh.

A related product, Visual SourceSafe for UNIX(R) from Mainsoft Corp. and developed in cooperation with Microsoft, extends the Visual SourceSafe solution to support cross-platform development for UNIX operating systems.

Mainsoft's Visual SourceSafe for UNIX will support developers on various UNIX platforms including HP-UX(R), Digital OSF1, IBM(R) AIX(R), Sun Microsystems' Sun(R) OS and Solaris, and SGI's IRIX operating system.

Pricing and Availability

Visual SourceSafe is scheduled to be available in October from software resellers nationwide for approximately $499. Visual SourceSafe for UNIX is also scheduled to be available in October. For more information on Visual SourceSafe for UNIX, contact Mainsoft directly at (800) MAIN-WIN (or 624-6946).

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

NOTE: Microsoft, Visual SourceSafe, Windows, MS-DOS, Windows NT, Visual Basic and Visual C++ are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Co. Ltd. HP-UX is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Co. IBM and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corp. Sun is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc.
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