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Microsoft develops wireless server

Microsoft has announced the next step in its .Net range with the development of the Mobile Information Server 2000, to link enterprise applications with mobile devices

Microsoft has filled in an important gap in its armoury, with the development of its wireless server. The Mobility Information Server (MIS) 2000, code-named Airstream will provide the link between corporate applications and wireless devices.

The middleware platform will allow the transfer of data from central servers to handheld devices such as pocket PCs and mobile phones, plus it will facilitate development of wireless-enable applications. MIS 2000 will govern mobile connectivity, user access and security across the corporate firewall. The introduction of MIS2000 finally provides Microsoft with the bridge between its application servers and its clients, including Pocket PC and the Stinger smart phones currently under development.

Paul Gross, senior vice president of Microsoft’s mobility group said: “To create mobile solutions that work together seamlessly and can interface with existing Internet-based communication and information infrastructures requires a set of technological building blocks that can achieve maximum interconnectivity among a wide array of computing appliances. Yet these building blocks also must be highly customizable: with the increasing diversity of mobile devices and technologies, customers require application platforms that can easily scale and adapt across many different networks, devices and applications."

Two versions of MIS2000 are being developed, one aimed at enterprise users and the other targetted at mobile carriers who want to offer wireless Internet services. MIS2000 is currently in the alpha stage, with beta testing set for year end 2000, and full availability in the new year.

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