Internet Service Providers were offered juicy deals and a direct route to Microsoft this week in an effort by the software giant to promote NT as a platform for their services.
The new programme brings together a set of benefits for the ISP community that include royalty-free licences for Microsoft Internet Explorer and its administration kit; Microsoft Site Builder Network Level 1 Membership; access to moderated news forums covering a variety of Microsoft Active Platform Technologies; and a listing on the Microsoft Hosting Service referral Web site, where customers can find ISPs able to satisfy their need for NT-based Web hosting facilities.
To participate in the programme, ISPs need to distribute Microsoft Internet Explorer and, if they provide hosting services, to offer these on servers running NT 4.0 and Internet Information Server 2.0. They must also support the Microsoft Frontpage server extensions on its existing hosting infrastructures. To sign up for this new programme, ISPs can fill out a form at http://www.microsoft.com/isp/isp-reg/.
Microsoft also launched its Normandy technology this week. This is a set of Internet service underpinnings that will allow companies to do business online. To launch the service the company has placed beta versions of three key elements - chatline, news, and replication server - on its Web site so that companies can use this as a basis for their own Internet services or Web sites. Compuserve has become the first ISP to sign up to the service but Microsoft hope to expand the target audience to include network operators, content providers, and corporations building external Web sites.
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