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Microsoft Plans to Support WebDAV

Microsoft today at Fall Internet World announced plans to support and utilize the Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) extensions in a variety of products.

WebDAV is a set of extensions to HTTP 1.1 that enables users to read and write documents over the Web.

The WebDAV extensions enable users to share and work with server-based documents independent of their authoring tools, platforms or the types of Web servers where they are stored.

At the present time, the WebDAV specification is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Internet Draft, which means that it is a stable working document that is already in the standards development process and has passed the IETF's "last call" to move on as a proposed standard.

Microsoft plans to incorporate WebDAV support into products such as Microsoft Windows NT Server, Office 2000, Microsoft Windows, Frontpage and the BackOffice family of products. Using WebDAV, developers will have a single, consistent method of accessing and writing documents that reside on remote servers from multiple vendors.

Microsoft initially included support for WebDAV in the beta 1 version of Office 2000 and the beta 2 version of Windows NT 5.0 Server. For additional information about the WebDAV specification, visit the IETF Web site.