Microsoft partners with, buys shares in Inprise

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.

This story, "Microsoft partners with, buys shares in Inprise" was originally published by Computerworld.

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