Session E-KEY

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Talks About Visual FoxPro 7.0

Ken Levy
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In this two-minute video, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer expresses his enthusiasm for the latest version of Visual FoxPro. He discusses features and enhancements in Visual FoxPro version 7.0—including support for XML Web services and Microsoft SQL Server™, as well as improved integration with other Microsoft products. He also notes the importance of the FoxPro development community and Microsoft's commitment to evolving the Visual FoxPro product.

Ken Levy, Visual FoxPro Product Manager, Microsoft


Hi, I'm Steve Ballmer from Microsoft, and it's my great pleasure to be able to talk to you about a newly released version 7 of Visual FoxPro. Visual FoxPro 7 is a great tool for building database solutions of all sizes. From multi-tiered database applications, to data-intensive COM components, and XML Web services.

I hope you've heard by now about .NET, Microsoft's platform for next generation XML Web services. Visual FoxPro 7's support for XML standards, such as SOAP and WSDL, make it easy to create .NET Web services in the same environment you know and love today.

Along with full support for WindowsXP, Visual FoxPro 7's XML support allows integration with .NET Enterprise Servers such as SQL Server 2000 and our BizTalk Server. And XML support in OfficeXP makes it easier than ever for Visual FoxPro 7 developers to import and export spreadsheets. Microsoft is committing to improve Visual FoxPro and continue to serve the needs of FoxPro developers worldwide.

The developer community is core of us. We value the bet you're making on us. The time and energy you put into building great Visual FoxPro applications for Windows, and we won't let you down.

We're committed to continually improving our tools to match your evolving demands as application builders. We think we've got exactly the right line up with Visual FoxPro and Visual Studio .NET, allowing you to continue to innovate and do incredible things for the customers we all serve.

I hope you agree with us that Visual FoxPro 7 is an exciting release. And I hope you join me in supporting Ken Levy and the rest of the Fox team here at Microsoft as we build a bigger, and better, and a more successful FoxPro developer community. Thanks a lot.

Steve Balmer