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Open Market Commerce-Enables Microsoft FrontPage

Open Market Inc. said it will be making its ShopSite Express product available free to Microsoft FrontPage users.

ShopSite Express offers an easy-to-use Web-based interface for entering product name and pricing information into an online database, along with transaction management capabilities. Commerce-enabling a FrontPage-based Web site will simply require dragging an order button from ShopSite Express into FrontPage.

Financial arrangements with Microsoft were not disclosed.

"Open Market acquired ICentral and its ShopSite family of products in order to facilitate the entry of small-to-medium sized businesses into successful Internet commerce," said Gary Eichhorn, president and CEO of Open Market. "In enabling FrontPage users to quickly and easily commerce-enable their Web sites, we are helping to create a new generation of online retail shopping sites."

ShopSite Express is Internet server-based software that provides a transactional back-end to a Web site, creating a store's shopping basket, accepting credit cards, calculating tax and shipping, sending e-mail receipts, etc.

A FrontPage user merely needs to visit Open Market's ShopSite Express Web site and sign up for the free service. For FrontPage users who currently don't have a Web site, ShopSite Express service providers offer hosting solutions.

ShopSite Express is part of Open Market's ShopSite family of products, which includes ShopSite Manager and ShopSite Pro. ShopSite software was developed by ICentral Inc., which has been providing server-based Internet commerce software for small and medium-sized merchants since November, 1995. ICentral was recently acquired by Open Market.