Microsoft to Unveil Content Management Server 2002

Upgrade adds built-in integration with Visual Studio .Net and .Net Framework development tools and support for XML-based Web services.

Microsoft Corp. this week will officially launch the newest version of its Web site software, the Content Management Server 2002.

Paul Flessner, senior vice president for .Net enterprise servers for Microsoft, will announce the launch of the server during his keynote address Tuesday at the companys MEC 2002 show in Anaheim, Calif.

Content Management Server 2002 expands the products reach beyond the simple HTML management of its predecessor, said Chris Ramsey, lead product manager for Content Management Server. Version 2001 was essentially a repackaging of the content management technology Microsoft acquired in its $36 million acquisition of NCompass Labs Inc. in May 2001, Ramsey said.

But Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., is making its mark on the technology with Content Management Server 2002, which includes built-in integration with the development tools in Microsofts Visual Studio .Net and .Net Framework, and support for XML-based Web services, Ramsey said.

"This [Version 2002] is a full Microsoft version of the product," he said.

For business users, the key enhancement is the ability, with the new Authoring Connector technology, to directly publish Web content from Microsoft Word, eliminating the extra step of going through templates before publishing on the Web.

For developers, support for Web services—enabling users to expose content created on Content Management Server 2002 as Web services—means customers will be able to integrate their content and Web sites with applications regardless of the platform or development languages being used, according to Ramsey.

Being able to manage standards-based XML content—and being able to expose that content as Web services—offers the interoperability that many enterprises crave, he said.