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.


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Microsofts BizTalk Server 2004 originally was slated to ship in late 2003. The new launch date for the BizTalk 2004 integration server is March 2, 2004, Microsoft officials said.

Microsoft isnt talking about futures for all of the components of what was originally slated to be the Discovery suite, other than to say that it will deliver both BizTalk Server 2004 and Host Integration Server 2004 this calendar year. Officials would not comment on when and if Microsoft plans to rev its Content Management Server and Commerce Server products.


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