The Redmond, Wash. company has been seeking for ways to improve its SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services software platform, a key piece of the company's SQL Server used by corporate employees to gauge the operations of their businesses. SQL Server is in turn a component of the company's Windows Server System, a suite that provides XML-based Web services (define).
By acquiring Provo, Utah-based ActiveViews, a tiny company with five employees, Microsoft will add ad hoc reporting capabilities to allow users to tap data stored in several systems, according to a company spokesperson. Two workers will relocate to Microsoft, with the other three remaining in their current positions, the spokesperson told internetnews.com.
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