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July 18, 2006

Microsoft announces availability of new Windows-Based Hosting package

Posted by David Hunter at 7:57 PM ET.

Press release:

Today at HostingCon 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Microsoft® Solution for Windows®-based Hosting Version 4.0, which helps Web hosting providers rapidly launch new services; target developers of Web applications; and increase operational efficiency in their business through best practices, tools, scripts and code samples. The updated solution includes support for the recently launched Microsoft SQL Server™ 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0, as well as guidance for hosters just starting out with Windows.

Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting Version 4.0 will be available worldwide on Aug. 4. More information about Microsoft’s hosting solutions can be found at

Microsoft was also touting the successes of Windows Web hosting in a separate press release.

Filed under Microsoft, Service Providers, Windows-based Hosting

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November 28, 2005

Microsoft announces Microsoft Hosting Program for service providers

Posted by David Hunter at 9:28 AM ET.

Press release:

Microsoft Corp. today announced the Microsoft Hosting Program, a free offering that provides hosting companies with technical tools and resources to help them deploy and manage Microsoft(R) products. By participating in the program, hosting service providers can streamline their operations by maximizing opportunities for quicker application and service deployment and better management of existing systems.

The Microsoft Hosting Program provides hosting providers with free download access to both the Microsoft Solution for Windows(R)-based Hosting and the Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration. Members also receive a monthly newsletter that includes valuable technical information, product updates and case studies to help demonstrate the many uses of Microsoft hosting products, as well as marketing resources and toolkits to help members better target customers. In addition, participating organizations become eligible for the Services Provider License Agreement, a licensing program that enables service providers to license Microsoft products on a monthly basis to offer services and hosted applications to their end

In addition to the Microsoft Hosting Program, Microsoft recently announced the Hosting Solutions Specialization in the Microsoft Partner Program.

And in related news, Microsoft Enhances Hosted Messaging and Collaboration Solution With New Mobility Features and Hosting Tools:

Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft(R) Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 3.5, a hosted solution that enables service providers to equip small and midsize businesses (SMBs) with enterprise-class e-mail services, mobile device data access, team Web sites and online presence information. In version 3.5, Microsoft incorporates new mobile synchronization capabilities, a variety of security enhancements, and new tools that lessen management time and extend customer acquisition opportunities for hosting partners. Further, with the latest release of the solution, Microsoft underscores its commitment to building strategic relationships with telecommunications and hosting service providers to deliver a range of services to businesses.

Related Microsoft links:

- Microsoft Hosting Program
- Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting
- Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration
- Microsoft Partner Program

Filed under General Business, Hosted Messaging, Hosting Program, Licensing, Partner Program, Service Providers, Windows-based Hosting

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