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Microsoft Delivers Packaged E-Commerce Solution

Microsoft Corp. this week delivered Complete Commerce, a packaged electronic commerce solution for medium-sized to large enterprise businesses looking to host commerce-enabled Web sites through hosting service providers.

Microsoft, working with Compaq Computer Corp. and Intel Corp., said it will team with 10 commerce-hosting service providers to offer customers an all-in-one hosting solution that covers the spectrum of electronic commerce needs, the company said.

Complete Commerce includes consulting, Web development, hosting services and order processing and delivery. Pricepoints were not disclosed.

"Microsoft is pleased to work with 10 premier hosting service providers that are so well positioned to meet the enormous market demand for commerce-based services," said Thomas Koll, vice president of the Internet customer unit at Microsoft. "As single contact points for integrated hardware, software and services, these service providers will combine their unique operations skills with application expertise on the Microsoft Windows NT Server platform to securely manage, monitor, scale and expand their customers' commerce sites."

Currently, the following service providers are offering the Complete Commerce solution: American Information Systems (AIS) Inc., Concentric Network Corp., Data Return Corp., Digex Inc., GTE Internetworking, Icon CMT Corp., MCI WorldCom Advanced Networks, Northwest Nexus Inc., USinternetworking Inc. and USWeb/CKS.

To meet the demand for this type of service, Microsoft said it also launched the Commerce Solution Directory, a way for businesses to locate ISPs and other hosting service providers qualified to meet their commerce-hosting requirements.

The directory describes the services offered by each partner provider and also provides information about service providers that deliver lower-end commerce- hosting services, making it easy for companies to begin discovering electronic commerce solutions of any size or type.

Hosting service providers can download the Complete Commerce deployment toolkit here. The integrated toolkit offers setup, configuration, deployment and sales tools for hardware and software needed to deploy a commerce service.

The toolkit includes a variety of integrated training and support components, featuring Microsoft Site Server Commerce Edition, as well as information on how to integrate Cybercash for flexible payment processing, TanData for shipping and logistics, TAXWARE International for calculating taxes on orders, and ProLiant servers from Compaq with Intel Pentium II and Pentium II Xeon processors.