Borland enters pact with Netscape to better enter intranet space

Borland, seeking to both become a competitor in the growing market for corporate intranets and to provide a Web-enabled pathway for its client/server development tools, unveiled new Internet applications at the start of the week.

Borland, seeking to both become a competitor in the growing market for corporate intranets and to provide a Web-enabled pathway for its client/server development tools, unveiled new Internet applications at the start of the week.

The unveling, at the Borland Developers Conference in Anaheim, included the announcement of an agreement with Netscape to license the new Netscape Open Network Environment (ONE). (See Netscape to deploy ORB technology.)

As a result, Borland will bundle the Netscape FasTrack Server software and Netscape Navigator Gold client software with its own applications. The agreement is part of Netscape's announcement on Monday that 14 companies, including Borland, will build development tools based on the Netscape ONE standards.

Borland's new Internet-based product development, called the Golden Gate initiative, forms a two-part strategy to leverage the company's existing development tools for building applications on the Internet and for creating intranet solutions.

Furthermore, the Scotts Valley, California-based company has unveiled IntraBuilder, a visual development environment for server-based Internet applications that supports both Java and ActiveX; and Latte, a cross-platform Java development application for building Java applications.

A pre-release version of the IntraBuilder application will be available for free beginning today at http://www.borland.com/intrabuilder/.

The IntraBuilder line includes IntraBuilder, IntraBuilder Professional, and IntraBuilder Client/Server development suites for Windows NT and Windows 95.

All versions of IntraBuilder, expected to ship early next quarter, will include a Web server. IntraBuilder applications support Netscape Server API, Internet Server API, and WINCGI Web server APIs via server components. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Borland can be reached at http://www.borland.com.

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