1,800 Microsoft Windows application developers to convene in Seattle

Seattle Mayor Rice declares Software Developers' Week

August 9, 1991

Seattle -- (Business Wire) -- On Monday, more than 1,800 software developers from around the world will converge on Seattle for a software developers' conference that will provide them an early peek at the next version of the Microsoft Windows environment -- the most popular PC user interface today.

As a result of extraordinary interest in the Windows conference, which exceeded projections by 300 percent, the conference is at capacity and hotels in the heart of Seattle are full. To manage the movement of the large number of attendees between locations, the city has issued Microsoft a parade permit.

Also on Monday, Seattle Mayor Norman Rice will proclaim the week of Aug. 11 ``Software Developers' Week,'' in recognition of the contribution of software development to the Seattle metropolitan area's economy.

Anticipated Attendance Exceeds Projections

At the conference, the 1,800 attendees from both the corporate and commercial software development communities will learn technical details and software tools that they will later use to develop applications for the next version of Microsoft Windows -- version 3.1. The interest in the conference, the largest Microsoft-sponsored developers conference ever, is the result of the popularity of the Microsoft Windows environment and the demand for Windows-based applications by software users. The original projected size of the conference was exceeded in the first five days of registration.

Microsoft Windows Has International Following

Windows 3.1 Developers Conference attendees have come from the United States, Canada and around the world -- including countries such as Germany, Norway, U.S.S.R. and Singapore.

Since the Windows environment version 3.0 was released in May 1990, more than 4 million copies have been sold worldwide. In addition, 60,000 Windows Software Development Kits, used by developers who are writing Windows-based applications, have also been sold.

Software Developer Parade Downtown Monday Evening

Celebrating Software Developers' Week on Monday evening around 5 p.m., conference attendees will parade from the Fifth Avenue Theater to the Westin Hotel along balloon-festooned Fifth Avenue. They will be accompanied by a Dixieland marching band.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) develops, markets and supports a wide range of software for business and professional use, including operating systems, network products, languages and applications as well as books, hardware and CD-ROM products for the microcomputer marketplace.

NOTE: Microsoft and the Microsoft logo are registered trademarks and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.

CONTACT: Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash. Liz Sidnam or Cathy Licht, 206/882-8080 For General Sales and Product Information, 800/426-9400 or Waggener Edstrom, Portland, Ore. Claire Lematta or Marianne Allison, 503/245-0905 14:44 ET

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