Building on existing Soap (Simple Object Access Protocol) support in the portal, Plumtree Corporate Portal 4.5WS adds Web services-based extensibility to user authentication and content indexing.
Using SOAP over HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), the Crawler Web Services capability lets the portal connect to and index external document repositories via Web services.
Meanwhile, the Authentication Web Services function is designed to authenticate users from other directories to the portal, according to Phil Soffer, director of product management at Plumtree.
"The good thing about Web services is that it gives us a path toward having some standards around how applications connect to portals," he said.
Plumtree is involved in both the Java JSR 168 and the OASIS WSRP (Web services for Remote Portlets) standardisation efforts, Soffer added.
Previous versions of the portal offered the ability to integrate application Gadgets and search engines to the portal via Soap.
Furthermore, Version 4.5WS unifies the code base for its Windows and Unix versions, allowing enterprises to connect Java and Microsoft systems much more easily
The 4.5WS also includes enhanced search capabilities designed to streamline the administration of a search index by simplifying the process of refreshing the search index, re-indexing content, discarding broken links, and deleting old content.
Corporate Portal 4.5WS is available on 24 May on both Windows and Sun Solaris platforms.