Oracle has moved closer to rival Microsoft by joining the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) programme as a 'premier' partner.
Joining the VSIP programme will help software developers to achieve tighter integration between Oracle's database offerings and Microsoft Visual Studio .Net 2003, and ease deployment of Oracle-based applications on the Windows platform, Oracle claimed.
Eric Rudder, senior vice president of servers and tools at Microsoft, said in a statement: "The integration of Oracle's products with Visual Studio .Net 2003 will provide our mutual customers with a more productive developer environment for building Oracle applications on the Microsoft Windows platform."
By integrating more closely with Visual Studio, Oracle will make it easier for Windows developers to use Oracle databases, added Andrew J. Mendelsohn, Oracle senior vice president of database server technologies.
"We are excited to join the VSIP programme and expect that Oracle and Visual Studio developers will benefit from this collaboration," said Mendelsohn in a statement.
The company said it plans to offer a download for integration with Visual Studio .Net 2003 from the Oracle Technology Network later in 2004.
Oracle Database 10g for Microsoft Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) is available now and can be downloaded from Oracle here.
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