Microsoft Adds More Intranet Power to Windows NT Server 4.0

Adds New Search Server; Includes FrontPage for Web Site Authoring and Management

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 13, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it will extend the Internet and intranet functionality in the Windows NT® Server version 4.0 operating system by integrating Microsoft®
Search Server (code-named
) and its FrontPage
Web authoring and site-management tools into the product.

With these tools, users will be able to find information on distributed servers within their intranet and inside any documents, including those created by Microsoft Office. With FrontPage 1.1, they will also be able to create Web pages with a rich variety of templates, audit and check the page links, and manage the overall Web sites they create.
These features supplement the Internet and intranet technologies previously announced for Windows NT Server 4.0, including Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), the fastest Web server available for Windows NT Server; Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), which allows components to communicate securely across the Internet; DNS/WINS Server, which allows users to find sites on the Internet and intranets easily; and point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP), a technology that extends the capacity of the Windows NT Server Remote Access Server (RAS) to enable secure private networks across the Internet.

“Customers tell us that Windows NT Server is the best platform for the Internet and corporate intranets,”
said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the desktop and business systems division at Microsoft.
“By adding authoring, management, and search technologies, we’re making Windows NT Server 4.0 the total Internet or intranet platform.”

Microsoft Search Server

Microsoft’s content-indexing and searching technology (
) for Windows NT Server 4.0 offers automatic content indexing of HTML pages and other documents stored on corporate intranet servers, such as those created in Microsoft Office. In addition to indexing full-text content, Search Server also indexes OLE document properties and HTML tags, allowing users to search on the contents of these properties and tags. This capability is designed to make it easier for users to find information without additional administrative overhead.

Search Server is an element of the Microsoft
technology and features tight integration with Windows NT Server Directory for secure search and with the Windows NT file system for high efficiency. The product can index multiple servers and provides support for multiple languages. Search Server also supports sophisticated linguistic analysis in each language, allowing users to find documents or properties based on grammatically correct variations of nouns and verbs.

Authoring and Site Management

The Microsoft FrontPage 1.1 Web authoring and management tool also will be included in Windows NT Server 4.0. FrontPage enables nonprogrammers as well as experienced developers to create and manage professional-quality Web sites. Part of the Microsoft Office family, FrontPage 1.1 is designed for both individual users and collaborative work environments. The FrontPage client/server architecture supports authoring and Web-site management from a user’s desktop, across a corporate LAN or over the Internet.

FrontPage 1.1 is scheduled to be included in Windows NT Server 4.0 when it is released, expected this summer. Search Server is currently in beta version. It is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 1996 and will be available at no charge to all customers of Windows NT Server 4.0.
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