Software giant Microsoft showed its seriousness about winning the battle for Internet software as it announced improvements and extensions to its Back Office family.
It has revamped its Back Office family to address the rise and rise of the Internet, including an updated version of Exchange Server, Merchant Server and Proxy Server. The revision is likely to be available in December.
One goal of the upgrade is to fight competitors Oracle and Sybase on the creation, publishing and editing of online information by including code formerly called Normandy.
Its offerings include a number of servers aimed at commercial service providers under the heading of the Commercial Internet System. This includes a news server, a membership system as well as a content replication system, a personalisation system and a conferencing server.
The updated Exchange Server 4.5 is to include support for POP3, HTML and other Internet and messaging services. That will let users build rules and filtering systems.
* Microsoft also released version 5.0 of Visual Foxpro. In line with many of its other recent product offerings, the company has included ActiveX support for 26 controls but also supports those in Visual Basic. The company has also improved its development environment.
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