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Powerful Management Tool Facilitates Team-Based Software Development;

Companion Product Supports Development on UNIX Platforms

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced the widespread availability of Microsoft(R) SourceSafe(R) version 3.1, its robust version control/configuration management system. The SourceSafe project-oriented approach to source-code control promotes code reuse and management of multiple releases while preventing accidental code loss or alteration. These features make it an ideal tool for professional software development teams.

A related product, SourceSafe for UNIX(R) from MainSoft Corp. developed in cooperation with Microsoft, will be available soon and extends the SourceSafe solution to support cross-platform development for UNIX operating systems. This solution is made possible through a letter of intent recently signed by both companies.

Microsoft SourceSafe is powerful yet intuitive and adaptable. It allows backtracking to previous versions, branching and merging, and offers security and audit-trail capabilities. It can be used as a central development manager by software developers using other Microsoft tools. Microsoft acquired SourceSafe as part of its purchase of Raleigh, N.C.-based software developer One Tree Software Inc. in November.

"Software development is becoming increasingly complex as developers manage larger amounts of code, develop for multiple platforms, and use larger teams to expedite the development process," said Roger Heinen, senior vice president of development tools at Microsoft. "Microsoft SourceSafe is the best available response to the project management needs of our professional development customers."

SourceSafe Now Part of UNIX Solution

Microsoft SourceSafe supports the MS-DOS(R), Windows(R) and Windows NT(TM) operating systems and the Macintosh(R) development environment. MainSoft's SourceSafe for UNIX will support developers on various UNIX platforms including HP-UX(R), Digital OSF1, IBM(R) AIX(R), Sun's SunOS(TM) and Solaris, and SGI's IRIX operating system.

Microsoft chose to work with MainSoft because the company is familiar with Microsoft technology, having previously ported the Win32(R) APIs to UNIX. Microsoft SourceSafe and SourceSafe for UNIX are completely compatible, ensuring easy use by developers supporting software creation on both platforms.

Later this year, Microsoft plans to enhance SourceSafe to support the Windows(R) 95 operating system, as well as to provide tight integration with the Visual Basic(R) programming system, the Visual C++(TM) development system, the FoxPro(R) database management system and other Microsoft applications.

Easy Migration, Nominal-Charge Upgrade Available for Delta Users

Microsoft is providing a no-charge upgrade to Microsoft SourceSafe for all licensed users of Microsoft Delta, its previous source-code- control tool. It is also providing a no-charge migration utility to facilitate migration of Delta projects to SourceSafe.

The SourceSafe upgrade is available for a nominal cost to cover shipping and handling charges. Microsoft discontinued sales of Delta on Dec. 31. It will continue to provide support for Delta users throughout 1995.

Pricing and Availability

Microsoft SourceSafe is available now from software resellers nationwide for approximately $499 for a single-user license. SourceSafe for UNIX will be available soon from MainSoft. For more information about SourceSafe for UNIX, contact MainSoft at 800 MAINWIN.

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, SourceSafe, MS-DOS, Windows, Windows NT, Win 32, Visual Basic, Visual C++ and FoxPro are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Co. Ltd. Macintosh is registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. HP-UX is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Co. IBM and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corp. SunOS is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc.
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