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MICROSOFT TOPS INFORMATIONWEEK LIST OF BIGGEST INDEPENDENT SELLERS OF SOFTWARE IN EUROPE; U.S. SOFTWARE GROWS DOMINANT ON THE CONTINENT

 MANHASSET, N.Y., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft widened its lead over Computer Associates in InformationWeek's annual ranking of Europe's leading independent software vendors, which will be published in the magazine's May 31 issue.
 The rankings, which are researched for InformationWeek by Ovum Ltd. of London, show Microsoft with European software revenue of $612 million in 1992; No. 2 Computer Associates took in $351 million.
 Ovum defines European software revenue as earnings from packaged products, including annual maintenance fees for upgrades and support.
 Among the factors InformationWeek cites to explain the widening gap between the two software powerhouses are Microsoft's aggressive product strategy, which includes Windows NT and DOS 6.0, and its growing list of top European corporate customers, such as Nestle.
 Microsoft's Windows-based word processing and spreadsheet applications make up nearly 40 percent of all U.S. software sold in Europe, according to the Paris office of the Software Publishers Association (SPA). Meanwhile, Microsoft says its Windows for Workgroups is selling faster on the continent than anywhere else in the world.
 Windows' European success reflects major users' growing faith in standardized applications and Europe's increasing dependence on U.S. software. Only three European companies -- all of them based in Germany -- found a place in the top 10 European software rankings form researcher Ovum. The top 10, in descending order, are: Microsoft (U.S.), Computer Associates (U.S.), Lotus Development (U.S.), Oracle (U.S.), SAP AG (Germany), Software AG (Germany), Ask Group (U.S.), SAS Institute (U.S.), Autodesk (U.S.), and Datev (Germany).
 At the PC level, U.S. vendors racked up $1.7 billion in European sales last year, an increase of 19 percent, according to SPA estimates. Between 1991 and 1992, revenue grew fastest in Switzerland (75 percent) and Britain-Ireland (32 percent). Germany, Europe's largest market, increased its software purchases by a more modest 16 percent.
 Europe's Top Independent Software Suppliers is a special addition to InformationWeek's annual ranking of the top 50 Independent Software Suppliers.
 Ovum is an international consulting and research company based in London. It is one of Europe's leading providers of consulting and research on new developments in the computing and communications markets.
 InformationWeek is an international, weekly newsmagazine for executives who manage the computer and communications systems in the world's largest corporations. With more than 200,000 subscribers, InformationWeek has the largest circulation of any publication aimed at the management information systems (MIS) market. The typical InformationWeek reader manages a staff averaging 1,500 employees and is charged with a budget in excess of $250 million. InformationWeek is published by CMP Publications Inc. of Manhasset, N.Y.
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 /CONTACT: John McCormick, editor - international, New York 516-562-5699, or Paul Tate, international contributing editor, London, 44-525-852845, both of InformationWeek/


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