On July 14, 2000, at the Fusion 2000 business symposium, Microsoft Corp. announced new tools and programs to support the growing application hosting market. Application service providers (ASPs) can take advantage of new technical resources, partnerships, licensing and certification programs.
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AT&T, Nortel, WorldCom, SAP, IBM and others offering programs supporting the Application Service Provider market, it is no surprise to see Microsoft's involvement. The Microsoft stamp of approval , or certification program may prove interesting. Not only does the certification program validate the ASP market, it will improve the adoption rate for ISV's and ASP clients. Organizations may be more willing to participate if they know Microsoft is involved. This coupled with similar programs, such as AT&T's