12/19/2002 - As a follow up to the December 6th announcement of IBM's intent to buy Rational Software, Rational Software (Nasdaq: RATL) affirmed its continued support for Microsoft technologies, including the Microsoft.NET development platform.
"Rational Software has been an early and ardent supporter of Microsoft.NET since its launch," said Mike Devlin, co-founder and CEO of Rational Software. "With the introduction of Rational® XDE Professional in February of this year, Rational was the first company to offer an integrated visual modeling tool for the .NET platform. Microsoft.NET is a key platform for Rational and the future of the software industry, and we will continue to support both the Visual Studio.NET development platform and the .NET execution platform."
Rational's affirmation of support extends to both Microsoft .NET and other Microsoft languages and platforms. Explained Devlin, "Our first commitment has always been to make development easier for our customers. Our customers develop software using diverse platforms. Our ability to provide customers with a compelling product depends on our broad support for the languages and platforms used by the development community. We will continue to support heterogeneous development environments, including Microsoft languages and platforms in addition to .NET. Microsoft and Rational have had a strong relationship for the past eight years, and we expect to continue to work closely together."
"Rational's support of Microsoft technologies has, for many years, helped customers rapidly build high quality software for the Microsoft platform," said Tom Button, Microsoft's vice president of developer tools. "Today, Rational provides a great complement to our Visual Studio.NET development environment. We're pleased that Rational plans to continue support for .NET."
"IBM has long supported development for heterogeneous environments – it's the day-to-day reality our customers expect from us," said John Swainson, general manager, Application & Integration Middleware Division, IBM. "Today, IBM provides broad support for Microsoft Windows, including the largest portfolio of products on Windows in the industry. Like Rational, IBM is a member of the Visual Studio .NET Integration Program (VSIP), offering tools and products to support both the Visual Studio.NET development platform and the .NET servers. Assuming that we receive pending government and Rational shareholder approvals, it is IBM's intent for Rational to continue to offer development tools, best practices, and services to meet the needs of customers developing applications on and for the .NET and J2EE platforms, along with the other software environments Rational supports today."
About Rational Software Corporation
Rational Software provides a software development platform that improves the speed, quality, and predictability of software projects. This integrated, full lifecycle solution combines software engineering best practices, market-leading tools, and professional services. Ninety-eight of the Fortune 100 rely on Rational tools and services to build better software, faster. This open platform is extended by partners who provide more than 500 complementary products and services. Founded in 1981, Rational is one of the world's largest software companies, with revenues of $657.3 million in its twelve months ended September 30, 2002, and over 3,400 employees worldwide. Rational is a member of the S&P 500 Index and a component of the Nasdaq-100 Index®. Additional information is available at www.rational.com and www.therationaledge.com, the monthly e-zine for the Rational community.
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