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OnDisplay Unveils Free B2B XML Server

OnDisplay Inc. (ONDS) today announced XML Connect, a product designed to deliver business-to-business XML server software to organizations that need to establish a secure, guaranteed exchange with online trading partners.

Founded in 1996, OnDisplay, provides e-business infrastructure software to power e-business portals and e-marketplaces.

XML Connect enables the seamless and secure exchange of XML business documents (such as purchase orders, invoices, and order confirmations) with any other XML Connect user, as well as with users of OnDisplay's CenterStage eBizXchange product.

XML Connect enables enterprises to standardize their XML communications quickly and simply. Prior to XML Connect's release this was not possible, a statement released by OnDisplay said.

XML Connect supports all available XML schemas. It also allows B2B e-commerce participants to set up secure connections with their trading partners without the needing to purchase and install proprietary software on either end of the trading partner connection.

OnDisplay believes that by "seeding the market" with XML Connect, the company will greatly accelerate the adoption of XML and B2B commerce, according to Mark Pine, chief executive officer of OnDisplay.

XML Connect is currently shipping in a limited partner release. It will be generally available on March 30, 2000, as a free download from XML Connect's Web site and from OnDisplay's Web site. The product also will include free online support.

Companies already on board and using XML Connect include PurchasePro, SciQuest.com, and SourceTrack. These companies will provide XML Connect to their buyers and suppliers for free in exchange for connecting into their respective marketplaces.