Microsoft touts NT for ASPs

Microsoft wants internet service providers (ISP) and other online hosts to use Windows NT when offering application hosting services to users.

The vendor, which cosponsored an ISP conference in San Jose, this week, said it's working with Clarus, Great Plains Software and Pivotal to build software tool kits that include sales guides, demonstrations and white papers aimed at getting users to sign up for application hosting.

Also part of the announcement was a program dubbed Office Server Extension, which lets ISPs offer Web-based collaboration software to users, based on Windows NT.

Meanwhile, Dell announced with Microsoft a Windows 2000 Readiness Program, aimed at getting ISPs to upgrade to the forthcoming operating system as soon as possible after it ships next year. The program is a five-day training class for large ISPs planned for December and January. Smaller hosts can get online and CD-ROM training.

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