Microsoft Site Server Now Available

REDMOND, Wash., July 7, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft® Site Server, a comprehensive Web site environment for enhancing, deploying and managing rich intranet and Internet Web sites. Site Server is available through standard Microsoft channels in two editions: Microsoft Site Server and Microsoft Site Server, Enterprise Edition. The Enterprise Edition contains additional features that enable customers to commerce-enable and manage large Web sites easily. Site Server, a new member of the Microsoft BackOffice® family of products, is built on the Windows NT® Server network operating system and Microsoft Internet Information Server.

Customers and Solution Providers Adopting Site Server

Customers and solution providers have begun working with Microsoft Site Server to increase the business value of intranet and Internet sites and to apply best-practice capabilities to those sites.

Universal Studios Online

Universal Studios Online has chosen Site Server, Enterprise Edition, as the basis for its new electronic commerce application. The company will use Site Server’s personalization, usage analysis and content replication features to provide a functional back-end to its business. “We had a tough set of requirements for what we were looking for in an integrated transactional package,” said Chris D’Angelo, vice president of production and programming for Universal Studios Online. “Microsoft Site Server is a single-product solution to the multiple challenges of creating and maintaining a complex electronic commerce Web site, and it has been extremely helpful in meeting our tight time line to ensure a successful launch.”

Taco Bell

Taco Bell has found many uses for Microsoft Site Server ranging from improving intranet communications, to personalizing its Internet sites, to creating a means of communicating important information to Taco Bell franchisees. “Our experience has shown us that anywhere you have a Web server, you need Microsoft Site Server to make the Web site that much more useful and effective,” said Snorri Ogata, director of information technology at Taco Bell.

Eagle River Interactive Inc.

Eagle River Interactive, a Microsoft Solution Provider, recently has been selling Microsoft Site Server to Fortune 100 customers in competitive situations with other commerce and publishing solutions. “Microsoft has taken a leadership position with Site Server; it defines a product category that meets a real need for intranet and Internet site managers,” said Kevin Mason, director of technology at Eagle River Interactive. “We’re seeing strong interest in Site Server from many of our customers.”

“Microsoft Site Server is enabling customers and Microsoft Solution Providers to address a broad range of business-critical functions using advanced Web server technology,” said Rich Tong, vice president, personal and business systems group at Microsoft. “The comprehensive Web site life-cycle solution delivered by Site Server helps customers increase the business value

of their site and effectively manage total cost of ownership to maximize the return on their Web site investment.”

Pricing and Distribution

Microsoft Site Server 2.0 is available for approximately $1,499. Microsoft Site Server, Enterprise Edition 2.0 is available for approximately $4,999; additional commerce sites on a single server are approximately $499 per site.

Microsoft Site Server 2.0 and Microsoft Site Server, Enterprise Edition 2.0 are available through standard Microsoft channels, including the Microsoft Solution Provider channel. Nearly 13,000 Microsoft Solution Providers apply technologies to business challenges in 49 countries around the world together with 115,000 Microsoft Certified Professionals with expertise in designing, implementing and supporting solutions using Microsoft products and technologies.

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