The fortunes of Micro Focus Plc are perking up. Following the recent half year results, which showed the one-time stock market star returning to profit, the Newbury-based company has now been signed up by Hewlett-Packard to supply its Cobol compiler as standard on the Series 800 Precision Architecture minis, which run under Hewlett-Packard’s Unix implementation – HP-UX. As well as the compiler, Hewlett-Packard will also be bundling Micro Focus’ Animator visual debugger and Forms-2 screen generator. The two companies started doing business together several years ago, but the latest deal is a triumph for Micro Focus’ Template Native Code Generator which allows manucturers to develop native code generators for proprietary architectures. Micro Focus recently won the backing of DEC for the Cobol compiler, Animator and Forms-2 for the VAX environment under Ultrix – DEC’s implementation of Unix. Earlier in the year, IBM also endorsed the products for the Personal System/2 and the System Applications Architecture, so the future for Micro Focus looks at its brightest since the company’s share price crashed from 970p to well under 100p in 1985.
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