Microsoft Announces the Next Version of FrontPage

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 28, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. has unveiled the next version of the Microsoft® FrontPage® Web site creation and management tool, code-named
“FrontPage 10.”
The new version of the world’s most popular Web development tool is designed for Web developers who want the sophisticated features FrontPage offers along with its well-known ease of use.
“FrontPage 10”
allows users to create and manage all types of Web sites and provides powerful new site-creation capabilities and control and management innovations. It also helps teams work together more easily.

“FrontPage 10”
includes new graphic and content tools that make it easy to import and display photos and other information in a professional-looking format, and new usage analysis reports that allow users to control and manage their site with confidence.
“FrontPage 10”
also provides users with the ability to add, edit and customize SharePoint-based Web sites. SharePoint is a team Web site solution that enables groups to collaborate, share documents and communicate with one another. The beta 2 version of
“FrontPage 10”
is currently under customer evaluation prior to its anticipated release in mid 2001.

“FrontPage is the leading Web site creation and management tool, and ‘FrontPage 10’ is the ideal tool for those who are serious about their Web site,”
said Joe Krawczak, director of Office Marketing at Microsoft.
“‘FrontPage 10’ has been developed based on feedback from loyal FrontPage customers, many of whom have been using FrontPage to create and manage their Web sites for many years. With the addition of new graphics, content, site management and collaboration tools in ‘FrontPage 10,’ we’re delivering to customers the power, ease of use and sophisticated features that they want.”

Powerful Site Creation Capabilities

“FrontPage 10”
gives users the power to add rich graphics and dynamic content to their Web sites faster and easier. The following are two new site-creation features found in
“FrontPage 10”

  • Photo Gallery. With this feature, users can quickly and easily create a custom photo gallery to display personal or business photos and images. They may select from several different customizable layouts, add captions and descriptions, reorder images, change image sizes and switch layouts.

  • Automatic Web Content. This feature lets users add automatic Web content to a Web site by inserting MSNBC headlines and weather forecasts, MSN® searches, Expedia maps, and bCentral™
    small business service tools. Automatic Web content allows users to update their site daily without having to edit it daily.

Control and Management

“FrontPage 10”
has an improved user interface that makes the process of creating a Web site more intuitive and gives users access to all of the tools they need with one easy-to-use application. And
“FrontPage 10”
gives users control of the site they create through flexible site navigation that allows them to specify how pages link to one another and what those links look like. Site management features have been enhanced in
“FrontPage 10”
with usage analysis reports that track how visitors use the Web site and how they were referred to the site.
“FrontPage 10”
also provides faster and more targeted Web site publishing to make getting sites onto the Internet or onto an intranet web server easier than ever.

Examples of new management and control features include the following:

  • Usage Analysis. Specialized reports help Web site owners to better understand who visits a Web site by identifying which pages are getting the most hits and how customers are referred to the site. Daily, weekly or monthly options allow users to find just the information they are looking for and export the reports to HTML or Excel for further analysis.

  • Top 10 Lists. Users can quickly insert top 10 lists that link to the most popular pages on a Web site and view results by the top 10 most-visited pages, referring domains, referring URLs, search strings, visiting users and more. The lists are automatically refreshed when the user comes to the page. Top 10 lists can be viewed on Internet or intranet sites.

Productivity and Teamwork

“FrontPage 10”
looks and works like the familiar Microsoft Office application and is designed to help individual users increase their productivity. The new SharePoint team collaboration application permits users to quickly create team Web sites, work together on Web content and communicate with others. SharePoint will be available for customers to use within their organizations and will also be available soon over the Internet from leading Internet service providers.

Examples of new productivity and teamwork features include the following:

  • Microsoft SharePoint. This is a powerful team Web site solution that allows users to quickly set up a team Web site for intranet or Internet users to store, find and share information, documents and Web pages. Users can add and edit content to SharePoint-based sites straight from their browser, making it simple and accessible for everyone to participate in discussions, surveys, announcements and more.
    “FrontPage 10”
    can be used to customize SharePoint sites.

  • Web Development Support. Advanced HTML editing features give users the ability to control exactly how their HTML code looks and works with improved XML Formatting Rules, HTML and ASP Source Code Preservation, and Optional HTML Source Reformatting. New pasting features make working with Office applications easier than ever by allowing users to decide whether they want text that’s being pasted from another application to keep the formatting in the existing Web page, keep the formatting from the source page, or even paste as text. Even Web professionals can take advantage of these features to save time and get better results.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — anytime, any place and on any device.

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