Information Today
Volume 18, Issue 1 ó January 2001
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Microsoft Unveils New Version of FrontPage 

Microsoft Corp. has announced Front-Page 10, a new version of its Microsoft FrontPage Web site creation and management tool thatís currently in beta testing. According to the announcement, Front-Page 10 is designed for Web developers who want the sophisticated features and ease of use of FrontPage. This new release allows users to create and manage all types of Web sites and provides new site-creation capabilities and control. 

According to the company, FrontPage 10 includes new graphic and content tools that make it easy to import and display photos and other information in a professional-looking format. The Automatic Web Content feature lets users add content to a Web site by inserting MSNBC headlines and weather forecasts, MSN searches, Expedia maps, and bCentral small-business service tools. Automatic Web content allows users to update their site daily without having to edit it daily. New usage analysis reports track how visitors use the Web site and how they were referred to the site. Daily, weekly, or monthly reports can be exported to HTML or Excel for further analysis. 

Advanced HTML editing features give users the ability to control exactly how their HTML code looks and works with improved XML Formatting Rules, HTML and ASP Source Code Preservation, and Optional HTML Source Reformatting. New pasting features allow Microsoft Office users to decide whether they want text thatís being pasted from another application to keep the formatting in the existing Web page, keep the formatting from the source page, or even paste as text. 

FrontPage 10 also lets users add, edit, and customize SharePoint-based Web sites. SharePoint is a team Web site solution that enables groups to collaborate, share documents, and communicate with one another. SharePoint will soon be available from leading Internet service providers. 

Microsoft debuted the first version of FrontPage in 1995 and began shipping FrontPage 2000 in March 1999. The beta 2 version of FrontPage 10 is currently under customer evaluation prior to its anticipated release in the middle of this year. For more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage

Source: Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA, 425/882-8080; http://www.microsoft.com

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