Microsoft has acquired privately held ActiveViews to improve its business intelligence offerings.
ActiveViews has developed a query and reporting system which Microsoft will add to its SQL Server Reporting Services.
The technology allows end-users to gain access to business data stored in databases and create and modify reports, a feature much requested by users.
Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed and two of the five ActiveViews employees will relocate to Microsoft's headquarters.
Microsoft introduced a first version of Reporting Services in January, adding reporting capabilities to SQL Server 2000, the existing version of the supplierss database product. The next edition of SQL Server Reporting Services is expected to ship with SQL Server 2005 in the first half of next year.
The ActiveViews technology will be part of a future release of SQL Server Reporting Services, but the Microsoft spokeswoman could not say if it would be part of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services.
Last month, Microsoft delayed the release of SQL Server 2005, also known as Yukon, until the first half of 2005, rather than late 2004, to allow additional testing.
ActiveViews' original plans for a release of ActiveViews 1.0 in mid-2004 with a beta test version in the second quarter have been cancelled.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service