Microsoft Offers Improved Blogging Tools to Windows Hosters

Netcraft reports that Microsoft has released an updated suite of tools for hosting providers, which will make it easier for Windows hosting customers to create blogs and online forums.

"The Web Site Starters included in the suite ( Microsoft Solutions for Windows-Based Hosting Version 3.5 ) are designed to help hosting partners improve their efficiency and lower the costs of Windows hosting. The new release integrates Telligent's Community Server blogging system and DotNetNuke , an open source content management system designed for Microsoft's ASP.NET platform.

...Community Server allows Microsoft hosting customers to easily create blogs and photo albums. Microsoft is now using Community Server for its in-house weblogs at and . It has recently been adopted by Go Daddy for use in its Windows hosting accounts. "With DotNetNuke and Telligent Community Server, we are able to offer our customers a number of new compelling applications and services," said Warren Adelman, chief operating officer at GoDaddy. "For example, our customers can take advantage of portal builders, forums, blogs and photo galleries. These commonly requested applications will help us attract more customers to our Windows-based offers.""