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November 14, 2005

Open Text deepens Microsoft ties

Canadian enterprise content management (ECM) software firm Open Text Corp continues to get closer to Microsoft Corp, announcing a new strategic relationship with the software giant at its LiveLinkUp user conference in Orlando, Florida.

By CBR Staff Writer

Under the terms of the deal Open Text will continue to deliver content management software geared for Microsoft’s platform. These will include vertically-focused software for the financial services and government sectors.

Both companies are already showcasing two new systems at the LiveLinkUp conference that pull together Open Text’s Livelink and Microsoft’s Portal Server 2003 platforms.

The software builds on a existing content and records archiving capability that Open Text announced this summer for SharePoint environments.

Additionally, Open Text is also debuting special Web Parts that expose Livelink content and functions to SharePoint users.

Open Text is rapidly becoming Microsoft’s prime worldwide ECM partner, which according to some analysts, might point to a possible merger down the road if Redmond software giant decides to get more serious about managing unstructured content.

Earlier in November Waterloo, Ontario-based Open Text announced a collaboration with Microsoft on digital asset management (DAM). Open Text is now offering support for its Artesia DAM offering on the newly released SQL Server 2005 database system. It is being aimed at media and entertainment companies that need to manage digital assets like video, audio and graphics.

Open Text has also pledged to build future versions of its ECM software on top of Microsoft’s forthcoming Office 12 suite. It has also agreed to support the latest release of Microsoft’s development tool, Visual Studio 2005 to help build tighter integration between Livelink and SharePoint.

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