Microsoft has shipped the first release of its Commercial Internet System (MCIS), formerly codenamed Normandy. The system consists of a suite of server products to help service providers spruce up their Web sites with bulletin boards, chatlines and online commerce facilities.
This first version is available only to Internet service and content providers, telecomms carriers and cable network operators. According to David Bridger, Back Office product manager for Microsoft UK, the company is planning to launch a public version of the product, aimed at corporates, by the end of the year.
?MCIS allows people to build up a community on their site through chat services, bulletin boards, conferencing and membership services,? he said. One potential corporate market for the product will be retailers that want to set up collaborative sites to supplement their membership and loyalty schemes.
The technology, which has been used for years at the core of the Microsoft Network, is available today through the company?s public network sales unit.
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