Microsoft plans to rename the upcoming version of its messaging server Exchange 5.0 and make it easier to leverage Exchange features in World Wide Web applications, sources close to the company say.
At Internet World 96 this week, Microsoft will disclose plans to support its Active Server scripting language in Exchange. That capability, dubbed Active Messaging, will let Web developers incorporate messaging features into applications.
Active Messaging could be used, for instance, to add collaborative discussions to a Web site without custom coding, sources say.
"It sounds like Active Messaging could save development time," says Greg Scott, information systems manager at the College of Business of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, a large Exchange site.
Exchange 5.0 previously dubbed Version 4.5 will ship at the end of January. The new release will also support Post Office Protocol 3 and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. It will include a connector for Lotus CC:Mail.