Microsoft partners with, buys shares in Inprise

By Jeanette Borzo, Computerworld |  Business

Longtime rivals Microsoft Corp. and Inprise Corp. today announced a set of
technology and licensing agreements that will be the basis for a long-term alliance
between the two companies.

The announcement includes Microsoft buying $25 million of Inprise preferred stock,
but the companies pegged the value of the entire partnership for the troubled
development tools vendor at $125 million.

Enmity between the duo dates back to when Inprise, then known as Borland
International Inc., had a wider range of products that often put it in direct
competition with Microsoft.

As part of the Microsoft-Inprise partnership, Inprise has agreed to do the
following:

  • Support the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, including the COM+ and
    the Windows Distributed interNet Applications architecture.

  • License the latest version of the Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), the
    standard C++ class library for developing applications for Windows. MFC will ship with
    Borland C++Builder.
  • License the latest version of the Windows platform software development kit
    through the Microsoft Open Tools licensing program. Elements of the Windows platform
    development kit will be incorporated into Inprise's Borland family of Windows-based
    development tools.
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