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Poof! Now You're Windows .NET Server

Microsoft also uses venue to debut Mobile Information Server and Sharepoint Portal Server.

At Microsoft TechEd in Atlanta, Microsoft officially announced that it had renamed its forthcoming Windows 2002 server family to Windows.NET. The name change doesn't affect the home and professional client versions, which will be named Windows XP.

According to a press release, the name change is a result of the company's decision to make its .NET Framework an integral part of Whistler and make it the foundation for developing applications with XML Web Services. Microsoft also announced new developer tools at the conference, specifically for creating these XML Web Service-based applications.

You can read the Microsoft press release containing details of this name change and the developer tools released at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2001/jun01/06-19CallToActionPR.asp. ENTmag.com Editor-in-Chief Scott Bekker has more details of this name change at http://www.entmag.com/breaknews.asp?ID=4637.

Microsoft also used the venue to release new server products:

  • Mobile Information Server provides a connectivity layer between data residing on servers and wireless devices, such as PDAs. Pricing is based on a per-seat basis; one seat starts at $15. (More info: http://www.microsoft.com/miserver/default.asp.)
  • Sharepoint Portal Server is a collaboration platform for managing, sharing and publishing documents and content. It's $5,199 for one server and 5 client access licenses. (More info: http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/default.asp.)

Microsoft also welcomed a new family member into the .NET fold: Content Management Server 2001. Aptly named, it's the result of an acquisition of Resolution, a content management system from NCompass Labs. Microsoft plans to ship the server product under the .NET banner this fall. Pricing will be announced closer to release. For preliminary details, go to http://www.microsoft.com/cmserver/.

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