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SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 21, 2002 – InstallShield® Software Corporation, the acknowledged leader in software distribution and deployment solutions, today announced its continued ten-year-long commitment to Microsoft technology and its ongoing participation in the Microsoft Certified Partner program.

InstallShieldÂ’s active involvement in the program and ongoing in-depth access to existing and emerging Microsoft technologies, related training, and resources, remains a key driver in InstallShield offering its next generation Windows Installer-based solutions for software developers and systems administrators.

“InstallShield has a proven track record of delivering innovative, cutting-edge deployment solutions and we commend them for their ongoing level of expertise and continued dedication to the quality implementation of Microsoft technologies,” said Rosa Garcia, general manager of the Partner Programs Group at Microsoft. “When customers are looking to implement a Microsoft technology solution for their business, their best bet is to turn to an expert—a Microsoft Certified Partner. InstallShield is an excellent example of such a partner.”

“InstallShield has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Microsoft over the past decade,” said Viresh Bhatia, CEO and co-founder of InstallShield. “Our continued involvement in this program simply underscores our unwavering focus on delivering products and services that support the latest Microsoft technologies.”

Since 1992, InstallShield and Microsoft have worked closely to deliver many of the installation technologies that compose the setup standard used today. InstallShield initially worked with Microsoft to deliver the first graphical-driven installation experience for the Windows 3.x platform. Since then, Microsoft has licensed and included the InstallShield SDK Edition in the Windows 95 Platform SDK and licensed InstallShield Professional V5 for inclusion with Visual C++ 5.0 – making InstallShield the only third party installation tool included with Visual C++ 5.0. Microsoft has also licensed other InstallShield Limited Edition products, most recently InstallShield Express – Visual FoxPro Limited Edition for Visual FoxPro 7.

From its headquarters and on-site office at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond Wash., InstallShield provides both software developers and systems administrators with comprehensive packaging and pre-deployment configuration products and services for any Windows platform. InstallShield’s flagship authoring solution, InstallShield Developer™, and pre-deployment configuration offering, InstallShield AdminStudio™, provide professionals with the comprehensive tools and technologies to handle any application packaging or enterprise deployment scenario.

About InstallShield Software Corp.

InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in software-distribution and software-deployment solutions for independent software vendors and corporate IT systems administrators. InstallShield technology powers deployment for the top 100 independent software vendors and is used by more than 200,000 corporate and commercial software developers and systems administrators worldwide. InstallShield is headquartered outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill. For more information, visit www.installshield.com.

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