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Monster.com to Deploy Microsoft .NET Services

Microsoft Corp. and Monster.com today announced a broad strategic alliance to utilize Microsoft .NET technologies for authentication and single sign-in to Monster.com's employers and job seekers.

Maynard, Mass.-based Monster.com, a global careers network and the flagship brand of TMP Worldwide Inc. , will deploy Microsoft .NET My Services such as .NET Passport authentication and single sign-in service as well as .NET Alerts, an easy and seamless way for users to choose to receive relevant information that they can act on any time, any place and on any device.

"Our alliance with Microsoft marks another milestone in Monster.com's long-term commitment to utilize the world's best technologies to deliver the most relevant, useful and interactive experience to our customers," said Brian Farrey, chief technology officer. "By harnessing Microsoft's innovative software services and technologies, we further increase the distance between Monster and its competitors while significantly enriching the overall experience of our customers as they go through the job searching process."

The adoption of .NET Alerts will make it possible for Monster.com to send customers pertinent, real-time information such as new job openings and resume hits when they want to receive them and in the format they choose. Users who opt to take advantage of the .NET Alerts service will receive a pop-up alert, via Windows Messenger, on whichever Internet-enabled device they choose.

Monster.com will also offer users the ability to register and log into its Web site using .NET Passport single sign-in, reducing the amount of information to be remembered or retyped. Once signed into Monster.com through .NET Passport, Monster.com users can view important account information or create new My Monster accounts, without having to re-enter their login ID and password. .NET Passport also protects the security of users' personal information by using powerful encryption technologies.

To obtain a .NET Passport, all that is required is an email name and a password. Any information Monster.com collects beyond what can be stored in the .NET Passport profile is not shared with Microsoft. By using .NET Passport, which has more than 200 million accounts worldwide, Monster.com will make the online authentication process and creation of My Monster accounts more convenient and also improve the security of consumer information.

With the deployment of .NET My Services, Monster.com will begin utilizing various .NET technologies such as Visual Studio .NET, Microsoft's rapid application development (RAD) tool for building next-generation Web applications and XML Web services, as well as the .NET Framework, a platform for building, deploying and running XML Web services and applications.

Monster.com will use the Microsoft .NET Framework to deliver four of its leading Web services, Job Seeker Notification, Job Posting, Job Searching and Resume Posting, based on SOAP, UDDI and XML, and expects this component to be completed by early 2002.

Additionally, Monster.com will adopt and deploy members of the Microsoft .NET Enterprise Server family including Windows 2000 Server, SQL Server 2000, BizTalk Server 2000 and Application Center 2000. Monster.com's deployment of the .NET Enterprise Servers will provide the company with a reliable foundation for XML Web services, allowing Monster.com to quickly adapt to its changing business requirements.