Web Development Briefs: Microsoft, Comdex, Computershare, Access 1

Web Development Briefs: Microsoft, Comdex, Computershare, Access 1

Microsoft releases .NET betas at Comdex

Microsoft has released the first beta version of Visual Studio.NET and the .NET framework to its network of developers following a Comdex keynote by Bill Gates.

Gates also announced the submission of the C# (C Sharp) language, a new language derived from C and C++, and the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) specifications to a standards organisation named ECMA.

While the first .NET Framework beta is available free on the MSDN .NET developer centre Web site (, developers must be MSDN members to download the first Visual Studio.NET beta, unless they order the beta at a cost from

Computershare tops Deloites' growth indexSecurities software specialists Computershare took line honours in this year's Deloittes Fast 100 Growth Index with the fastest growth of any Australian company.

Computershare was named among the top 10 of the Growth Index, alongside the likes of retail giant Harvey Norman, IT Infrastructure provider Powertel and IT services provider Solution 6. Computershare was also recently named one of the best 300 small stocks in the world by UK business magazine Forbes.

While the average revenue growth for an Australian company is about 7 per cent, the top 10 companies in the Growth Index averaged 76 per cent revenue growth.

Access 1 buys training content developerBroadband service provider Access 1 has signed an initial agreement to acquire online training content developer Didasko Software for a current market value of around $15 million.

Didasko creates training content through a network of 120 researchers, writers, editors, designers and programmers to more than 50 universities, TAFE colleges and private training providers. Under the ownership of Access 1, this content will be transmitted via a satellite-based delivery system to a national and possibly international audience.

Under the agreement, which is subject to shareholder approval, Access1 will issue 50 million new shares and $1.13 million in cash over an 18-month term to Didasko shareholders. Twenty million of these shares are conditional on the proviso that the Didasko business will accrue at least $20 million revenue and $4 million profits for 2001 and 2002. Didasko founder and managing director Andrew Horton and director of operations John Fear have been appointed to the Access1 board.

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