: Microsoft Upgrades Content Management Server"> "They live in a heterogeneous world," complete with Web-enabled front-end systems, mainframes and legacy technology, Ramsey said. "Their message was loud and clear: we need the stuff we have to integrate easily with my other stuff." Integration with Visual Studio .Net and the .Net Framework will offer developers prebuilt content management server controls and full source code management not only from Microsoft but also from such companies as Merant plc. and Rational Software Corp., he said.He said Content Management Server 2001 enabled Microsoft to grow this part of the business over the past year, with customers growing from 200 when NCompass was bought to about 700 now. Also, at the time of the acquisition, larger enterprises accounted for less than 5 percent of those customers. Now that number is more than 50 percent, Ramsey said. Content Management Server 2002 should be generally available by the end of the year, Ramsey said,with pricing starting at about $42,000 per CPU.
The content management server controls drag-and-drop capabilities enable developers to more quickly assemble Web sites. Ramsey said that lab tests showed that with the controls, developers needed 80 percent fewer lines of code to create Web sites and their content.