Microsoft Corp. announced that Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 has been reinvented to support a wide range of capabilities for building dynamic, XML-based, data-driven Web sites. FrontPage 2003 will be a full WYSIWYG Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) editor in which users can work with live data to create interactive and dynamic Web sites. In the WYSIWYG editor, users can create XML data-driven Web sites connecting to XML files, Web services and OLE DB data sources. It is no longer necessary to program with server-side scripting tools to develop data-driven Web sites. Users can connect multiple data sources and use the results of one database query to filter the data supplied by an XML Web service. All this work can be saved into a Web package, a new feature in FrontPage 2003 that allows for reuse. FrontPage will ship with a couple of prebuilt Web packages, including a Web log (blog) solution that can be set up with a couple clicks. Microsoft has focused on delivering features in the product that will generate clean, industry-standard code. Beta 2 of Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 is available as part of the Microsoft Office System. The final release of the product will be out in summer 2003; pricing will be announced at that time. www.microsoft.com/office/preview/frontpage

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