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
- Support the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, including the COM+ and
the Windows Distributed interNet Applications architecture.
standard C++ class library for developing applications for Windows. MFC will ship with
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