Contents of Microsoft Hosting Newsletter (May)

1. "Go Live" with IIS 7 Today!

   In late April, Microsoft announced the availability of the Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 public beta release via the Go Live License. With the IIS 7 Go Live License,
   you can start enjoying the benefits of hosting on IIS7 now and offer your customers the latest in Windows-based hosting. IIS 7 presents a more secure, extensible platform
for efficiently managing and reliably hosting Web applications and services, with enhanced functionality around shared configurations, application pool isolation, delegated
administration, Fast CGI support, and FTP publishing. Get a head start on the competition by Going Live with IIS 7 today!



Help Your ISV Customers Market Hosted Applications with BT Applications Marketplace

BT has 500,000 SME broadband customers who are increasingly interested in on-demand software services. In response to this demand, BT has launched the Windows SharePoint Services-based BT Applications Marketplace, which gives independent software vendors (ISVs) a quick and effective way to distribute applications to this fast growing audience of SME subscribers. Joining also lets ISVs interact and exchange with peers.

   BT Applications Marketplace is for ISVs that have developed an application and are ready to do a market test or to start promoting a complete and tested service. To be a
partner within BT Applications Marketplace ISVs will need to have a stable hosted and supported application.

   Are your ISV customers interested in new distribution methods for their hosted applications? They can find out more and sign up at

3. Windows SharePoint Services Toolkit Now Available on CodePlex

The Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Hosting Solution Toolkit is now availabile as part of CodePlex, the company's Shared Source Initiative. The Toolkit is an installable package that can be configured with WSS to leverage custom components such as SQL forms-based authentication, custom SharePoint Web services and Web parts, and an HTTP module for URL redirection. The Solution Toolkit is composed of two integrated applications: the Solution Configurator, which can be used to develop customized offerings based on WSS templates; and the StarterKit, which a hosting provider's end-customer can use to build a site based on Solution Configurator. The source code and related materials are available under a Microsoft Limited Permissive License, a Microsoft Shared Source license that is Microsoft's framework for sharing source code with individuals and organizations. The Toolkit is available for download at