Microsoft gains hosting ally in Ensim

Web site hosting software maker Ensim has announced a new version of its software for managing hosted Web sites that run on Windows, a potential lift for Microsoft as the company looks to expand its .Net strategy to key markets.

Ensim's Webppliance software is used by Web site hosting companies to manage multiple Web sites, the company said.

The new Windows version of Webppliance lets a Web site hosting operator run its operation on Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system and .Net Web services technologies.

Ensim had previously focused its efforts on software that runs on Linux, but the company decided to add support for Windows and .Net Web services software, such as ASP.Net, as a means to crack the small and medium-sized business market, where Microsoft is focusing a lot of its marketing efforts.

Ensim executives said Windows technology is "growing in popularity" among Web site hosting providers.

News source: Cnet

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