For its part, Microsoft is trying to fuel the acceptance of DNA 2000.
"The iFrame is significant for DNA 2000," says Bill Anderson, director of Web application services and market development for Microsoft. "It creates an applications services asset for us, and iFrame is a showcase."
Microsoft is investing $67.5 million over 12 months in the joint development of host technologies and electronic commerce applications. Microsoft will also spend nearly $8 million on sales, marketing and consultant training. It also has a commitment to buy $15 million worth of USWeb/CKS stock.
The two companies alsso are building a joint technology lab in Redmond, Wash., to open later this year. The lab will focus on integration of Active Directory and the iAMsystem.