NEWYORK,Jan。

13,2003MicrosoftCorp。

thisweekismakingastrongshowingattheNationalRetailFederation(NRF)92ndAnnualConventionExpotoannouncetherecentexpansionofitsRetailandHospitalityIndustrySolutionsGroupintoaglobalteamandtohighlighthowitsdedicationispayingoffwithstrongcustomergrowthamongretailindustryleaders。

JandeJong,formerlythegeneralmanageroftheRetailandHospitalityIndustrySolutionsGroupatMicrosoft,hasbeennamedtheworldwideindustryexecutiveforthegroup。

BrianScott,managingdirector,hasbeenelevatedtogeneralmanager。

TheexecutiveswillemphasizeMicrosoftscommitmentandabilitytoprovideleadingtechnologyandsolutionstotheretailindustrythroughcustomermeetingsatNRF,andMicrosoftisco-sponsoringtheexecutivedinnerattheNRFconventionwithpartnersHPandIntelCorp。

Wearethrilledtobeatapointwherewecanexpandourretailteamtodeliverleadingtechnologyandsolutionstocustomersworldwidetosupporttheirbusinessobjectives,

deJongsaid。

WereseeingexceptionalresultswiththeretailindustryinNorthAmerica,andImlookingforwardtoextendingthatmomentumtocustomersglobally。

Inadditiontoournewglobalreachintheretailindustry,Microsoftisdedicatedtodevelopingleadingtechnologiesandcontinuingourdeeppartneringeffortstodeliverhighlyagile,retail-specificsolutions,

Scottsaid。

Throughourtechnologyinvestments,ourfocusonhelpingtheISVcommunitytakeadvantageofMicrosoft。

NET,andourworkwithtechnologyleaderssuchasHPandIntel,werecreatinganenvironmentwherewecollectivelycandeliverworld-classsolutionstoretailers。

Microsoft。

NETGainingTractionasPreferredWebServicesPlatform

Microsoftsmomentuminretailcanbeseeninthegrowingnumberofmajorcustomerwinsthathaveoccurredduringthepastyear,withMicrosoft。

NETgaininggroundasthepreferredWebservicesplatform。

Microsoft。

NEToffersarobustplatformandstate-of-the-artdevelopmenttoolsthatprovideincreasedproductivity,lowertotalcostofownership,improvedsolutionsandtheflexibilitytohelpcompaniesconnect,reactandcompeteinaglobalmarketplace。

RetailerstakingadvantageofMicrosoft。

NET-enabledsolutionsincludeRiteAidCorp。

andMetroCashCarry,whichareequippingretailstoreswithpoint-of-sale(POS)systemsbasedontheWindows

XPEmbeddedoperatingsystem;TargetCorp。

whichplanstodeployWindowsXPEmbeddedinitsTargetandMervynsStores;BestBuyCo。

Inc。

and7-ElevenInc。

whichareusingWindowsXPTabletPCEditionintheircorporateandstoreoperations;and,mostrecently,HomeDepotInc。

whichhaschosentoupdateitsstorepoint-of-saleterminalswithMicrosofttechnologiesbecauseoftheirhighdegreeofflexibility。

StrategicpartnerssuchasJDASoftwareGroupInc。

NCRCorp。

ProClarityCorp。

and,mostrecently,STSSystemsInc。

alsohavechosentodeliversolutionsthattakeadvantageofMicrosoft。

NETtotheretailindustry:

JDAandMicrosoftarejointlydevelopingandmarketingoneofthefirstMicrosoft。

NET-enabledsuitesofapplicationsfortheretail,wholesaleandconsumerpackaged-goodsindustries。

NCRwillensureitsAdvancedStorePOSsoftwaresolutionworkswithWindowsXPEmbedded;thecombinationwillprovideretailerswithasolutionthataddressestheircurrentandfuturebusinessneeds。

ProClarityisofferingitsProClarityAnalyticsPlatformproductfamily,whichtakesadvantageofMicrosofttechnologiestohelpretailersandconsumerpackagedgoodscompaniesdeliverbusinessdatatheycanactonacrosstheorganizationandretailsaleschannelstostreamlineoperations,improveefficiencyandgrowrevenues。

STSisintroducingattheNRFconventionitsConnectedRetailerPointofSale6。

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ItisthefirststoreautomationsolutionthattakesadvantageofMicrosoft。