Microsoft has agreed to acquire NetCarta and its WebMapper tool, which lets users manage large-scale Web sites and will become an integral part of Microsoft's BackOffice server suite.
WebMapper provides site visualization, content analysis, linking management, and reporting capabilities for Web servers. It will work with Microsoft Web authoring tools such as FrontPage and Visual IntDev (formerly called Internet Studio). Microsoft plans to quickly bring WebMapper to current BackOffice users but has not said exactly when.
NetCarta employees - including co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Rory Stark - will join Microsoft's Internet services business unit to work on future integration and development of WebMapper and other NetCarta technologies.
NetCarta unveiled WebMapper 2.0 this week at Internet World in New York. A key feature of WebMapper is the dual-view option. Users can visualize site structure, content, and organization in varying levels of detail, in either a tree display or a dynamic Cyberbolic view that outlines resource relationships and interconnections.
NetCarta also boasts that WebMapper offers best-of-breed technology for monitoring, securing, and searching Web sites.
Microsoft's acquisition of NetCarta should bolster its already strong showing with BackOffice. A recent study by Zona Research said increases in sales of BackOffice products, Windows NT, and SQL Server were proof that Microsoft was determined to be a leader in the server-solutions arena.