MS puts NetObjects on its FrontPage

Microsoft today swapped technology with Internet startup NetObjects, claiming the deal will put attractive Web pages within the reach of more users.
Written by Arif Mohamed, Contributor

Microsoft's FrontPage, Visual C++, Visual Basic and the imminent Internet Studio, will ship with NetObject controls by the end of this year. NetObject controls are ready-made Web page templates. In return, NetObjects' Fusion 1.0 Web site construction software will make more use of ActiveX, Internet Explorer and Visual Basic scripting.

A trial version of Fusion 1.0 for Windows 95 and NT, with visual support for ActiveX, can be downloaded from NetObjects' Web site.

Mike Pryke-Smith, Internet tools product manager at Microsoft, said the announcement marked a series of promotions for both companies. "There will be some overlap in demand for Microsoft FrontPage and Fusion [but] FrontPage is aimed at the office market and most users may not want to get into the complexities of Fusion."

Microsoft can be contacted by telephone on 01734-270001.

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