Microsoft Corp. has announced plans to offer new versions of its Web content management technology, Content Management Server (CMS) 2002, including a Standard Edition (SE) for medium-sized businesses and an enhanced CMS 2002 Enterprise Edition (EE) that provides compatibility with Windows Server 2003 and is localized into three new languages. In addition, Microsoft will be updating the content integration pack for enterprises looking to integrate CMS 2002 with the Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. These new offerings are designed to enable different-sized enterprises in various locations to more easily build and deploy content management solutions and integrate those solutions with their portal infrastructure.
Building on the integration of CMS 2001 and SharePoint Portal Server 2001, the Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 Connector for SharePoint Technologies is intended to enable customers to combine the features in CMS 2002 with the features in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to build portal solutions to connect content to employees, customers, and partners. The new features in the Content Management Server 2002 Connector for SharePoint Technologies include the abilities to publish CMS content directly from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and to integrate document libraries. A beta version of the Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 Connector for SharePoint Technologies is available today at www.betaplace.com; the final version will be released by the end of 2003.
For CMS Standard Edition, Microsoft works with independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators (SIs) to develop solutions that targeted at the medium-sized customer's needs. CMS Standard Edition joins other ebusiness products from Microsoft for medium-sized businesses, including BizTalk Server 2002 Standard Edition and Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition. CMS Standard Edition will offer the same functionalities as CMS Enterprise Edition, including: Template-based publishing; Authoring Connector for Microsoft Office; Publishing Workflow; and Integration with Visual Studio .NET.
Pricing for CMS SE will start at $6,999 ERP per CPU. It will be limited to 15 content contributors and also will offer a Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 Connector for SharePoint Technologies. Future versions of Content Management Server 2002 Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition will support French, Japanese, and German.