As further evidence of its commitment to delivering step-ahead Web capabilities on all computing platforms, Microsoft Corp. announced the acquisition of two Internet technologies for the Macintosh from ResNova Software Inc. Microsoft plans to incorporate the technologies in ResNova's WebForOne and Boulevard products into future versions of its popular Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser for the Macintosh. Microsoft also hired five members of the ResNova development team, who will work out of Microsoft's San Jose, Calif., offices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Microsoft is excited to build upon the solid foundation ResNova has created in the Macintosh Web server product segment," said John Ludwig, vice president, Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft. "Combining this server technology with the best-of-breed browser technologies will give Macintosh users a comprehensive and cost-effective solution for a range of Internet applications."
Microsoft plans to deliver a beta version of Personal Web Server for the Macintosh by the end of the year. The product, which will be available free via the Internet as an add-on, will eventually be packaged with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3.0 for the Macintosh. Microsoft claims it's browser is "currently the smallest, fastest Macintosh browser on the market." Microsoft expects Personal Web Server for the Macintosh to require less than 1 MB of memory. The company currently has no plans to develop a full-featured Web server for the Macintosh.
Personal Web Server is designed primarily for small workgroup intranets in corporations as well as for small businesses, homes and schools. In corporations, individuals can post HTML documents and share information with anyone else via a corporate intranet. Personal Web Server also can save schools and small businesses money because it eliminates the need to have a Macintosh dedicated as a Web server. "Personal Web Server for Macintosh will help make sharing information on the Internet painless," said Alex Hopman, development team lead for the Personal Web Server for Macintosh at Microsoft. "It goes beyond traditional Web serving by incorporating simple tools such as an automatic home page and directory listings and opens the door for Web-based workgroup collaboration."
Microsoft recently announced Personal Web Server for the Windows(R) 95 operating system, giving users of Microsoft Windows 95 the ability to share information as well as publish for the Web across corporate intranets or the Internet. It is now available to download free (other than the cost of connect time, if applicable) from the Microsoft Web site . It is also available in the Microsoft Internet Explorer Starter Kit for sale in stores today.
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