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News: Micro Focus earns Microsoft Technology Partner of the Year Award

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Award recognizes Micro Focus for its collaborative use of Visual COBOL R3 with Microsoft Windows Servers

Rockville, MD, US, July 13, 2011

Micro Focus® (LSE.MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced that the company has accepted the 2011 Microsoft Technology Partner of the Year Award in the Technology Innovation category recognizing the company’s Visual COBOL R3 solution.

Taking place at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the award was given to Micro Focus for its contribution of application modernization and application quality testing tools that enable the migration and reuse of mainframe applications on the Microsoft Application Platform, including Microsoft Azure.

Visual COBOL R3 is the first solution to translate the COBOL language directly to the Java Virtual Machine, giving developers the freedom to extend COBOL to the latest platforms using a variety of application environments. With over 220 billion lines of COBOL being used within today’s enterprise, rewriting these COBOL applications to incorporate new technologies and platforms prove to be a costly and risky proposition. Microsoft’s collaboration with Micro Focus’ Visual COBOL R3 gives developers the freedom to extend COBOL to the latest platforms using a variety of application development environments, without having to rewrite each code.

"Microsoft Platform Modernization Alliance wishes to highlight key technologies and services, such as Micro Focus’ Visual COBOL R3, that have made a significant positive impact on our customer’s experience," said Bob Ellsworth, Director, Enterprise Platform Modernization at Microsoft. "The solution enables mainframe customers to not only easily migrate from their existing mainframe platform but to also run as part of the Microsoft Application Platform which ensures interoperability and integration with Microsoft’s Visual Studio. Additionally, Visual COBOL R3 further positions the migrated applications to run on the public cloud based on Microsoft Azure."

"We’re delighted and honoured to be awarded the Microsoft Technology Partner of the Year Award," said Peter Duffell, Vice President of Strategic Partners at Micro Focus. "Ultimately, it’s all about the customer and we’re happy to collaborate so well with Microsoft in delivering services which save our customers time and money."

In addition to Visual COBOL R3, which was released in January 2011, Micro Focus provides a wealth of innovative software that allows companies to develop, test, deploy, assess and modernize business-critical enterprise applications.

About Micro Focus

Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com.

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