Microsoft Ships Internet Information Server 3.0
Makes Windows NT Server an Even Better Web Application Platform
New York - Dec. 10, 1996 - Microsoft Corp. this week will release Microsoft® Internet Information Server (IIS) version 3.0. Users of the Windows NT® Server network operating system version 4.0 will be able to download IIS 3.0 at no charge (except for connect-time charges, if any) from http://www.microsoft.com/iis/. IIS is a standard feature of Windows NT Server 4.0, ensuring tight integration between the Web server and the operating system.
Internet Information Server 3.0 introduces broad new functionality, making IIS an even stronger Web application platform. Active Server Pages enables rapid application development by allowing Web developers to combine HTML, scripting and components on the server. Microsoft Index Server 1.1 introduces hit highlighting and provides full-text searches and retrieval of documents in almost any file format. Microsoft NetShow delivers live and on-demand multimedia content over the Internet and corporate intranets. Using IP multicast and multimedia streaming on today's networks, NetShow offers customers new ways to enhance communications on an open, standards-based application platform.
"Customer requirements for Web servers are shifting dramatically as the Web server becomes an application platform," said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the personal and business systems group at Microsoft. "Microsoft is uniquely able to address these requirements, as the combination of Windows NT Server with IIS 3.0, and Transaction Server provides a comprehensive platform for rapidly building robust, scalable server applications."
Customers Are Switching to IIS
Customers are switching to Microsoft Internet Information Server on the Internet. IIS has now moved ahead of Netscape products, becoming the most widely used commercial Web server on the Internet, according to Netcraft, a United Kingdom Internet consultancy (http://www.netcraft.com/survey/). More than 50,000 customers have downloaded the beta version of IIS 3.0 in the past six weeks. Customers are also switching to IIS for intranet solutions, replacing older, more limited technologies from competing Web server solutions. These customers include Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Kmart, Lucent Technologies, Nissan Motor Corp., Safeco Corp., Taco Bell Corp. and Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc.
"We are migrating our public Web site from Netscape to Microsoft Internet Information Server as fast as we can," said David Britton, director of production, NBC Interactive. "With IIS, multiuser discussion groups, games, streaming audiovisual content and transaction processing all become easier, as well as less expensive, to develop and maintain. The combination of effective, integrated development environments, much lower-cost delivery platforms and state-of-the-art capability is hard to resist."
Microsoft Delivers Key Components of the Active Server
With the release of IIS 3.0 with Active Server Pages, Microsoft ships a key component of the Active Server. Other Active Server technologies include the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Microsoft Transaction Server (formerly code-named "Viper") and message queue technology (currently code-named "Falcon").
Microsoft Active Server technologies make the development of server applications for the Internet and intranets faster and easier as they offer a unique language-independent approach that seperates business logic from display generation. Transaction processing technology is now shipping in Microsoft Transaction Server. The message queue technology is scheduled to be delivered in mid-1997.
Microsoft Internet Information Server version 3.0 will be available to download free this week at http://www.microsoft.com/iis/ (connect-time charges may apply). Customers can also order the Windows NT Service Pack 2, which includes IIS 3.0, direct from Microsoft Sales at (800) 426-9400 (shipping and handling charges apply).
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Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0 Fast Facts
Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0 includes Active Server Pages, NetShow, Index Server 1.1, the Microsoft FrontPage™ 97 Web authoring and management tool, Server Extensions, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0, Seagate Software's Crystal Reports 4.5, the Java™ Virtual Machine, support for multiple default documents, and Virtual Directory Mapping with Windows Explorer.
Microsoft Internet Information Server has recently received many industry awards, including the following:
In addition, these companies are making use of IIS: