Microsoft has beefed up its Commerce Server 2002 e-business platform.
The product provides tools for user profile management, personalisation, merchandising, catalogue management, order processing and online business analytics.
Feature Pack 1 for Commerce Server 2002 includes improved catalogue and discount management business user interfaces, which the software giant claimed will significantly enhance usability and performance for businesses managing online discounts and catalogue content.
The refreshed software also adds site staging support so that changes can be reviewed before a site goes live, together with enhanced payment and catalogue item sequencing features.
Microsoft promised that the next version of the platform, due for release in early 2006, will include tighter integration with BizTalk Server and Visual Studio .Net.
It is also scheduled to ship with expanded reporting tools for business managers and will enable firms to provide more self-service options to customers, including checking on order status, inventory levels and account information.
Commerce Server 2002 customers can download the free Feature Pack 1 from Microsoft's website here
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