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More Microsoft Server Changes On Tap For 2006

Microsoft's shifting server strategy is shifting some more.

The company is working to converge SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) and Content Management Server (CMS) functionality into a single server system due in 2006, CRN has learned.

SPS, the focal point of Microsoft's collaboration strategy, hosts departmental collaboration sites and deals with Web pages. CMS is geared more for traditional content management use.

"CMS and SharePoint are merging, and it makes sense," said one source close to Microsoft.

A solution provider in the Northwest concurred that the rationale is sound. "We're doing a lot of point integration between CMS and SPS. I don't think we have one CMS deal that does not also include the portal," the partner said.

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