revealed more details about
its plans to help users turn their desktops into Web mini-servers at
the TechEd 96 conference in Los Angeles today.
Code-named Tarantula, the desktop Web server will let Windows 95 and NT
Workstations act as
peer-to-peer servers on intranets or the Internet. The product is a port
of the Internet
Information Server already available for Microsoft's workstation and server
operating system Windows NT.
Tarantula is slated to replace the Web server now bundled with FrontPage, which company officials said had problems running on Windows 95. The
desktop version will include
HTTP, FTP, and Gopher services and will be bundled into the Internet Add-on
pack set for release in the third quarter. Tarantula will use the same
permissions security model as Windows 95 and will help users connect to
The company will also release the Web Publishing Wizard add-on to let users
publish a page on any site without rewriting specific commands. The Web
Publishing Wizard should be available for free on the Web this summer.
Microsoft will begin beta-testing Tarantula next month. A final release date
has not yet been set.
Phase two of MS Web server
MS's free Net server takes on