Microsoft has agreed to acquire Netcarta, a California-based Internet software vendor, for $20 million. The move is designed to enhance its offering for corporate Internet users.
The software magnate said on Tuesday that it will take a 4.9 per cent stake in Netcarta?s parent company, CMG Services, and will integrate Netcarta?s Webmapper Web site management tool into Microsoft Back Office.
Webmapper provides site visualisation, content analysis, link management and reporting capabilities for Web servers. It aids the design and management of Web sites by allowing Web masters to create a graphical map of their sites, highlighting all the page links.
?We want to deliver a content management solution that enables customers to track monitor, control and replicate web content and changes throughout an intranet or Internet site,? said David Bridger, Back Office product manager of Microsoft's business systems division. He explained that the company couldn?t wait to develop a competing product on its own.
According to CMG president David Wetherall the sale of Netcarta made sense, because Netcarta was too small to compete over the long run with Internet software giants like Microsoft and Netscape.
A few Netcarta employees including Rory Stark, Netcarta co-founder and chief technical officer will join Microsoft?s Internet services business unit within the server applications division to support the integration and continued development of the Netcarta technologies.
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