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PayPal Integrated into FrontPage

Online payments company PayPal, persuaded that ubiquitousness is a key to online success, has struck a deal to integrate its service into the Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Web site creation and management tool set.

The move means that simple credit card processing and subscription billing services can be integrated from the get-go into the creations of Web developers using FrontPage.

Mountain View, Calif.-based PayPal said the free FrontPage add-in wizard, called the "1-2-3 PayPal Purchase Button Wizard for Microsoft FrontPage," was developed in conjunction with Auction Messenger, a developer of Windows-based utilities for managing eBay auctions.

The wizard lets FrontPage users make their sites e-commerce-ready in three steps: (1) specify an e-mail address to receive payments, (2) use the wizard to create a PayPal payment button for the product or service for sale, and (3) publish the site using FrontPage. In addition to one-click purchasing and a built-in shopping cart, the wizard also provides functionality for collecting donations, subscriptions and recurring billing.

Financial dealings among the companies involved were not disclosed, but the wizard is now available for download from the PayPal Developer Network site and from the Microsoft FrontPage Add-in Center.

The developer network is also part of the strategy to make PayPal ubiquitous.

"In just six months, more than 50,000 developers have joined PDN and are now building PayPal-compatible solutions for their online businesses and customers," said the network's director, Dave McClure.

"By combining PayPal's easy payment button solutions and FrontPage 2002, developers can set new speed records for building e-commerce Web sites," said Patrick Husting, founder of Auction Messenger, which has worked with PayPal in the past.

San Jose, Calif.-based eBay stands to gain as well, of course, since it is in the process of acquiring PayPal, which last week reported second-quarter revenues of $53.8 million, net income of $529,000 and GAAP earnings of 1 cent a share.