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Visual Basic Users Embrace REALbasic

Over 10,000 Downloads Already

REAL Software announced today that over 10,000 Visual Basic developers have downloaded a free copy of REALbasic in their search for a replacement to Visual Basic. Microsoft ended support for Visual Basic on March 31, 2005 so the millions of developers using Visual Basic are now looking for a new development tool.

More than 4,700 Visual Basic users petitioned Microsoft to continue development and support of Visual Basic. Microsoft officials responded that their plans to end Visual Basic 6 support remain firm. In an effort to provide Visual Basic users with a similar development tool that will be updated and supported long into the future, REAL Software began offering free REALbasic licenses to Visual Basic users.

"We welcome Visual Basic developers to the REALbasic community and encourage them to give us their feedback," stated Geoff Perlman, president and CEO. "We are committed to providing them excellent products and service and a home for many, many years to come."

REAL Software is extending the offer to Visual Basic developers through April 15, 2005. The offer is for REALbasic 5.5.5, which includes an update to the VB Project Converter that helps Visual Basic developers port their applications to REALbasic. Once Visual Basic projects are converted to REALbasic, they can be cross-compiled to run on Linux and Macintosh. This enables Visual Basic users to leverage their existing skills to develop software for Windows, Mac, even Linux.

"My income depends on me being productive: I simply can't make my customers wait a few months extra while I figure out how to write apps in VB.NET," offers Donn Edwards, long-time Visual Basic user and principal of Black and White Software. "REALbasic, on the other hand, gives me a fresh start. The language is similar enough to VB to avoid a huge unprofitable learning curve. I can develop apps for whatever OS my customers require, something I've never been able to do before!"

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