Microsoft Previews Upgraded Commercial Internet System

Microsoft Corp. previewed an upgraded version of its Microsoft Commercial Internet System (MCIS) today for attendees at the NetWorld+Interop trade show in Las Vegas.

An Internet platform for Web hosting, electronic commerce, community, and managed network solutions, MCIS 2.0 is designed to allow Internet Service
Providers (ISPs) and commercial service providers (CSPs) to develop new services or expand existing offerings.

Microsoft said it collaborated with several companies on the latest upgrade. “During the past year, MCIhas worked closely with Microsoft to develop MCIS 2.0 as a carrier-grade platform for intranet services, including content management, messaging and simplified administrative tools,” said Stephen Von Rump, vice president of enterprise marketing at MCI, in a statement.

The latest version offers features such as an integrated storage and
management system; community services including e-mail, chat, and news;
streaming media services; network access support with Internet connection
services; Web hosting services; and the Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition.

Microsoft said it has generated support for MCIS 2.0 from a number of companies, including Compaq Computer Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., and Lucent Technologies Inc.

“MCIS is a cornerstone of Digital’s successful initiatives in the ISP
market,” said Rose Ann Giordano, vice president of ISP business at Digital.
“As we work with ISPs around the world, we see a booming demand for Windows
NT and MCIS as a platform to launch value-added services. MCIS integration
of core ISP services, coupled with Digital’s expertise and experience, enables ISPs to win the time-to-market race.”

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