Microsoft Changes Its E-Biz Server Course
Redmond revises its map for its E-business server suite, code-named 'Jupiter,' citing customer and partner feedback as the impetus.Microsoft officially notified selected customers and partners late last week that it has decided against delivering an integrated E-business server bundle in 2005, as planned. Microsoft has decided to move ahead with plans to deliver its BizTalk Server 2004 product, but has axed at least temporarily plans to deliver a follow-on suite consisting of BizTalk, Content Management Server (CMS), Commerce Server and Host Integration Server, officials said. BizTalk Server 2004, Phase one of Microsofts e-business server strategy, is code named "Voyager." The follow-on bundle was code-named "Discovery." The two "phases" together went by the code name "Jupiter."
Microsoft had told partners and customers that it planned pit Jupiter as its head-to-head competitor with IBMs WebSphere suite of products.