Borland Software has announced it is licensing the Microsoft .Net Framework Software Development Kit (SDK) for distribution.
Borland claims the initiative will help to accelerate the .Net application development lifecycle.
Eric Rudder, senior vice president for the developer and platform evangelism division at Microsoft, said Borland is the first company to license the .Net Framework which represents a key milestone for customers.
"This is one in an extensive range of initiatives to help bring the benefits and capabilities of .Net technologies to enterprises of all sizes. The .Net Framework offers companies the opportunity to build competitive, innovative solutions," Rudder said.
With this licensing agreement, Borland plans to introduce a new development solution for Microsoft .Net later this year and will also "provide the existing three million-plus Borland developers with more opportunities to quickly and easily build and deploy software applications on the .Net Framework".
"As the first company to license the .Net Framework SDK, we are expanding our offering of enterprise solutions that accelerate software development for all major platforms," said Frank Slootman, senior vice president and general manager of Borland software products.