BT, MCI and Microsoft plan global intranet drive

UK-based British Telecommunications, MCI and Microsoft plan to offer global intranet services.

UK-based British Telecommunications, MCI and Microsoft plan to offer global intranet services that build on their existing alliances, company officials have announced.

The initiative comes 10 days after MCI's and BT's announcement of a planned US$22 billion merger.

The services will be rolled out through MCI's and BT's existing Concert joint venture, officials say. Early next year, it will offer services to customers who want to build and manage their own intranets and buy the products and communications services from one source, as well as to customers who want their intranets managed for them.

The service will tap Microsoft's Internet products, including its Commercial Internet System, Exchange Server, its BackOffice server suite and the Internet Explorer 3.0 browser. Concert InternetPlus Service, Concert Frame Relay Service and other MCI and BT data communication services will also be used.

MCI is on the World Wide Web at http://www.mci.com; Microsoft is at http://www.microsoft.com.

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