Fast-Track Program Based on IBM Software

Mainsoft Corporation, the cross-platform development company, announced it is working with IBM to extend the Linux ecosystem to better enable Microsoft customers to move over to Linux. The program allows Windows Web and server applications to run on Linux across IBM's line of eServer platforms supporting IBM WebSphere Application Servers. Enterprises that prefer the security, scalability and performance of WebSphere software will have greater flexibility to choose Linux as a common operating environment, paving the way to Service Oriented Architecture implementations.

Mainsoft substantially reduces the investment required for .NET software vendors that have developed their products for Windows servers, to offer enterprises solutions built upon an open source stack of Linux and WebSphere. Software vendors increase their market reach and revenue opportunities without having to rewrite code or retrain Visual Studio developers in Java.

Mainsoft's Visual MainWin for J2EE is a single source code development solution for the .NET and J2EE platforms that integrates seamlessly into the Visual Studio .NET development environment. Visual MainWin enables C# and Visual Basic .NET developers to rapidly develop and maintain Web and server on both platforms throughout a product's lifecycle. Version 1.7 has been validated on IBM's Server Proven program. It enhances porting capabilities and comes with a comprehensive J2EE implementation of the .NET framework that now includes Drawing, Remoting and Directory Services as well as support for Infragistics NetAdvantage 2005 Web controls. Now available, the new release also supports WebSphere Application Server 6, WebSphere Application Server 6 Express and WebSphere Application Server 5.1, and it can be used to create Portal applications that can be deployed on IBM WebSphere Portal Server 5.

Mainsoft Professional Services ports .NET Web and server applications to run on WebSphere software and other J2EE-enabled platforms on a fixed- time, fixed-cost basis, and validates them as IBM eServer compatible. Dot Net ISVs gain free access to IBM's system and Linux distribution resources and middleware, as well as troubleshooting support for Visual Basic .NET and C# applications running on IBM's eServer and middleware platforms.

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