Microsoft Aims at Web Site Creation

SAN MATEO (06/28/2000) - Looking to make good on its vow to boost its e-commerce offerings, Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday will announce the release of the beta of Commerce Server 2000 at PC Expo in New York.

With Commerce Server 2000, Microsoft aims to give users the ability to quickly and easily build Web sites with rich business-to-business and business-to-customer functionality. Formerly called Site Server Commerce Edition, Commerce Server 2000 is expected to ship by the end of the year.

The software, a key piece of Microsoft's DNA (Distributed Net Applications) 2000 architecture, offers wizard-based Web site creation tools as well as templates to build components, such as catalogs.

In particular, Commerce Server 2000 will mesh with another server from the Redmond, Wash.-based company, BizTalk Server 2000. Unveiled at the Microsoft TechEd conference earlier this month and also expected to ship by the end of 2000, BizTalk Server 2000 is an XML-based back-end integration server that will link myriad systems and applications over the Internet, thanks in large part to technology called "orchestration," a service that connects various business processes.

Microsoft collaborated with Interwoven on a content management technology for Commerce Server 2000, called Content Express. Officials at Interwoven, a Sunnyvale, California, company, said Content Express will integrate with Commerce Server 2000's Business Desk console.

"We are the content management system underneath (Commerce Server 2000), underpinning it," said Jeff Englemann, vice president of marketing at Interwoven. "We have been working with Microsoft for a couple of months now to integrate a fully functional content management system underneath it."

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