Microsoft on Wednesday announced it will soon ship new software for
companies to build portal Web sites for its employees.
Microsoft said it has sent the final software code to its internal
manufacturing process, the last move before the software is sent to
The software giant aims to compete against Oracle, Sybase, IBM, iPlanet and
others who already sell software that permits businesses to give employees
one central Web site to access their email and calendars, corporate
resources--such as internal sales data--as well as news and information from
Microsoft executives said the SharePoint Portal Server, formerly code-named
Tahoe, will allow businesses to
set up central areas for employees on projects to collaborate, share
information and manage their documents, said Gytis Barzdukas, Microsoft's
group product manager.
The portal software is based on Microsoft's Digital Dashboard software, its
original technology for helping businesses create corporate portal Web
sites. It includes technology that allows employees to customize their own
corporate portal site, picking the information they want displayed, such as
stock quotes or human resources manuals.
The SharePoint Portal Server, which will be widely available to customers
within six to eight weeks, works with Microsoft's family of .Net e-business
infrastructure software products, which include the SQL Server 2000
database, software that stores and collects information.
Microsoft on Wednesday said it partnered with about a dozen companies that
will offer consulting services to businesses who want to use the portal
software. Microsoft's partners include Cambridge Management Consulting,
Ernst & Young, Compaq Computer, Dell Computer and Hewlett-Packard.