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London, UK – June 2 2008 – NetBenefit, one of the UK's most experienced managed hosting providers, has announced it is the first to provide a dedicated hosting platform for Microsoft® Silverlight™ (www.microsoft.com/silverlight), the cross browser, server independent plug-in for delivering rich media content and interactive applications for developers.

As an accredited Microsoft Gold partner, NetBenefit has worked closely with Microsoft® to design a hosting platform specifically for websites or online applications designed using Microsoft® Silverlight™. Microsoft® Silverlight™ offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, IronPython, and IronRuby, and integrates with existing web applications to provide higher quality experiences for reduced media delivery costs. By using Expression Studio and Visual Studio, designers and developers can use existing programming skills to create stunning new websites and online advertising campaigns.

Microsoft® Silverlight™ is truly cross-platform meaning that it is compatible with Windows, Mac and, in due course, Windows Mobile platforms. Building upon existing support for multimedia formats, including Windows Media, Flash, Real, and QuickTime, NetBenefit’s support for Microsoft® Silverlight™ will provide increased flexibility and reliability to customers delivering streaming media content to users worldwide. Additionally, clients will be able to reduce deployment costs and become more efficient in terms of bandwidth and hardware use.

Jonathan Robinson, chief operating officer at NetBenefit, comments: “NetBenefit works with a wide range of award winning new media agencies and is currently working on a number of products for this space. Whether you are using Microsoft® Silverlight™ for a client project or your own internal use, our experienced team of professionals can create a tailored hosting platform specifically with your business requirements in mind.”

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For further information please contact Jonathan Bawden or Louisa Constable, Portfolio Communications – 0207 240 6959 or netbenefit@portfoliocomms.com

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About NetBenefit
NetBenefit is part of London listed Group NBT plc (LSE: NBT.). Established in 1995, NetBenefit is an experienced provider of managed hosting services in the UK, with a range of services to suit every level of business. Its world-class network infrastructure allows it to guarantee resilient, available and secure managed hosting for businesses that need a hosting provider they can depend upon.

Group NBT plc is a leading provider of domain name management and Internet-related services through the six trading brands, NetNames, NetBenefit, Easily.co.uk, Speednames, Ascio and Envisional. Group NBT has over 250 employees and is based in London with offices in Copenhagen, New York, Nice, Frankfurt, Munich and Madrid.

For further information about NetBenefit or GroupNBT please visit www.netbenefit.com or www.groupnbt.com









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