FileNet Corporation and Microsoft Corp. announced plans to implement a series of new development, sales and global marketing initiatives to provide customers with optimized FileNet enterprise content management (ECM) solutions that are built on Microsoft .NET. As part of the alliance, FileNet will work closely with Microsoft to broaden FileNet’s support for .NET by extending its use of Visual Studio .NET and enhancing its product offerings to include the .NET Framework, the Microsoft Office System, smart client technology and XML Web services. In addition, Microsoft and FileNet will collaborate on a plan for FileNet to adopt new technologies including SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and the upcoming version of SQL Server, code-named “Yukon.” In addition, the two companies will collaborate to bring these offering to customers through a series of joint marketing and sales campaigns, aligned with Microsoft’s go-to-market programs and vertical industry initiatives.,