Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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We've heard the rumors every year since Microsoft bought FoxPro in 1992

Steve Ballmer outlines the new features of the latest version of Visual FoxPro, the importance of the FoxPro developer community, and the future of Visual FoxPro at Microsoft. He notes that Visual FoxPro 7.0 is fully compatible with .NET-based XML Web services, and he discusses Microsoft's commitment to improving Visual FoxPro and continuing to serve the needs of FoxPro developers worldwide.

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STEVE BALLMER: 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.

Eric Rudder - Microsoft FoxPro product manager

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