Microsoft found $20m (#12 million) in loose change last week to acquire Internet software developer NetCarter from direct marketer CMG.
NetCarter produces WebMapper, a tool for automating common Web site management tasks. Microsoft said it intends to incorporate WebMapper functionality into its BackOffice suite sometime next year.
David Bridger, Microsoft's Back Office products manager, said: "We're committed to delivering a solution that can track, monitor, control and replicate Web content and changes throughout an enterprise's intranet or Internet site."
Currently, Microsoft lacks a Web organisation product. WebMapper, which is in its second iteration, has won several awards, and will fill the gap.
The tool uses several techniques to identify faults on a Web site and is similar in appearance to the Explorer element of Microsoft's FrontPage, which it acquired from Vermeer last year. Front Page is now the best-selling Web design tool on the market.
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