December 11, 1996 11:15 AM ET
Netscape unveils suite of intranet app-dev tools
By Michael Moeller

  NEW YORK--With an eye toward filling a hole in its product line, Netscape Communications Corp. today kicked off its Internet World announcements by tapping three ISVs to help it create SuiteTools, a family of intranet and Internet application and World Wide Web site authoring tools.

SuiteTools, which will be branded, sold and supported by Netscape, includes NetDynamics Inc.'s namesake database and Java application development environment; NetObjects Inc.'s Fusion, a Web site authoring tool; and Symantec Corp.'s Visual Café, a Java application development tool. In addition, Netscape will make its LiveWire Pro development environment and site management software a component of SuiteTools.

Set to be available by the first quarter of 1997, the tools will be sold in a Netscape box and supported by Netscape as well.

Going forward, Netscape officials here also detailed plans to incorporate LiveWire functionality across the company's entire line of SuiteSpot server software. The move will add technologies such as database connectivity, authoring capabilities and back-end connectivity to the server products. As that takes place--starting with the release of SuiteSpot 3.0 early next year--the stand-alone version of LiveWire will be phased out.

Other components of the Mountain View, Calif., company's application development tools strategy were also announced here, including plans to create an online tool guide that categorizes more than 40 different Web tools and describes the market for various ISV products.

In addition, Netscape announced a new component of its Netscape ONE (Open Network Environment) strategy with the release of the Windowing Internet Foundation Classes. The Windowing Classes are designed to provide developers with a new user interface application framework that is based on Java.

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