BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : MARCH 22, 1999 ISSUE
NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Microsoft's E-Commerce Crop


PRODUCT:

COMPARATIVE SHOPPING
Allows users to compare products and prices in one place

MICROSOFT: Out in 6 to 9 months
RIVALS: Already offered by Yahoo!, Excite, Netscape, and others


ELECTRONIC WALLETS
Stores personal data and credit-card info for use on multiple sites

MICROSOFT: Test version due out in second half of 1999
RIVALS: Already offered by Netscape, eWallet, CyberCash, and others


STOREFRONT SOFTWARE
Allows companies to set up, personalize, and analyze their Web shops

MICROSOFT: After Windows 2000, probably late this fall
RIVALS: Netscape, Open Market, IBM, and others


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