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Microsoft unveils package for corporate intranets

Microsoft has unveiled Microsoft Solution for Intranets, a package designed for portal development which ties together existing portal, collaboration, and streaming media technologies.

The integrated offering of products and services is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of deploying and integrating a departmental portal workspace, according to Microsoft.

"The economic slowdown has forced customers to adopt more of a solution-focused approach to collaboration, information-sharing, and portal technology deployments," said Jeff Teper, general manger Microsoft.

"[Microsoft Solution for Intranets] is not just providing basic plumbing for those services but tying them together into a solution, providing the application, documentation, support, and partners for a more comprehensive solution," Teper said.

SharePoint Portal Server is placed at the heart of the solution, enabling the creation of a customised knowledge workplace from which to facilitate centralised information management and discovery. The inclusion of Windows Media allows organisations to deliver real-time or on-demand broadcasts to individual employee desktops, which can reduce travel and training expenses.

Four systems integrators, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Avanade will build dedicated services around the Microsoft Solution for Intranets.

Microsoft plans to continue to push packaged solutions for portal technology with a forthcoming offering aimed at e-commerce. The Internet-focused application will be built around Commerce Server, aimed at supporting business transactions on the Internet.

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