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Microsoft Previews Tools To Link Unix, WindowsMicrosoft Corp. is making Beta 2 of its Microsoft Services for Unix (SFU) 2.0 available for download. The software adds features to Windows NT and Windows 2000 that make it easier for information technology managers to use both Windows and Unix systems.

Among other features, components in the tool kit help customers integrate Windows systems into existing Unix environments. The components also simplify network administration and account management across both platforms, Microsoft said.

Microsoft expects to ship SFU in the second quarter. Beta 2 is available for download at www.microsoft.com/windows/sfu.

ShopNow.com Chooses Persistence App ServerSeattle-based ShopNow.com Inc. has selected San Mateo, Calif.-based Persistence Software Inc.'s PowerTier application server to support the payment-processing and fraud detection system for its Web site.

ShopNow.com Chief Technology Officer Ganapathy Krishnan said he expects that PowerTier's caching and replication will help with load balancing and fail-over, allowing his company to build a highly reliable system.

Incentive UpgradesCompensation Tool

Incentive Systems Inc. in Burlington, Mass., has released an upgrade of its compensation management software with a new library of templates that can be used to speed the development and modification of payment plans for bonuses and commissions.

The Incentive 2.0 upgrade also includes a revised user interface and improved Web-based reporting capabilities, the company said. Pricing starts at $750 for each employee whose incentive payments are being managed by the software.www.incentivesystems.comSequoia Supports BizTalkSequoia Software Corp. in Columbia, Md., has announced that its XML Portal Server is compliant with Microsoft's BizTalk 1.0 specification. Sequoia makes software that helps companies build interactive enterprise information portals.

The BizTalk specification describes how businesses can share XML documents and other XML-tagged data. XML is a content-tagging language used for exchanging data.www.sequoiasoftware.com

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