Microsoft and Xerox have closed a technology deal aimed at simplifying the sharing of corporate information.
The companies announced last week that they will co-develop collaboration and communication products based on the Windows NT embedded operating system and Microsoft Exchange Server.
Microsoft technology will be integrated into Xerox Document Centre multifunction digital printers to enable users to scan documents directly into Microsoft Exchange Server. Xerox also licensed Windows NT Embedded 4.0 as the operating system for future versions of its Document Centre.
Microsoft also licensed WebForager, an interface technology, developed by Xerox PARC, that enables Internet surfers to leaf more easily through Web pages. WebForager will be used in conjunction with Microsoft's 3D user interfaces research.
Gary Cooper, senior analyst at the Butler Group, assessed the deal as a good move for both parties that would strengthen their positions in the document management market.
The accord forms part of Microsoft's strategy to penetrate new markets outside its traditional PC arena, Cooper told PC Week. "It's an extension beyond the normal IT world for Microsoft," he said.
The initiative also serves to align Xerox with a vendor whose software has become increasingly pervasive in corporates, Cooper added.
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