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What is Microsoft Commerce Server?
Microsoft Commerce Server is a complete and extensible platform that powers multi-channel e-commerce solutions for high-performance organizations, in any environment and scale, while offering faster and lower cost e-commerce Web site design and deployments.

Microsoft Commerce Server is also known as MS Commerce Server.

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Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Auckland Transport, Erste Bank Group, Edgar Borrmann GmbH & Co. KG, Urban Software Institute, NJVC, Equifax, Tata Steel Europe, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
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it_user10953
Senior Developer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Why Microsoft Was Smart To Abandon Commerce Server
Being a Microsoft Commerce Server MVP, when I got the news that Microsoft was transferring development of Commerce Server to a partner, Ascentium, I was at first a little disappointed. I have been working with Commerce Server for a few years, and have really grown to like the product and its extensibility. So being that I am not a man of many words, lets sum this up into a simple advantage/disadvantage list. Disadvantages Subscription based licensing (Not a big deal for most companies, but for capital based accounting, not so good) Won’t be covered by Microsoft’s 10 year support lifecycle You’ll have to keep your platform a little more current (I know a lot of sites still using Commerce Server 2000) Advantages Substantial decrease in cost More aggressive…

Being a Microsoft Commerce Server MVP, when I got the news that Microsoft was transferring development of Commerce Server to a partner, Ascentium, I was at first a little disappointed. I have been working with Commerce Server for a few years, and have really grown to like the product and its extensibility. So being that I am not a man of many words, lets sum this up into a simple advantage/disadvantage list.

Disadvantages

  • Subscription based licensing (Not a big deal for most companies, but for capital based accounting, not so good)
  • Won’t be covered by Microsoft’s 10 year support lifecycle
    • You’ll have to keep your platform a little more current (I know a lot of sites still using Commerce Server 2000)

Advantages

  • Substantial decrease in cost
  • More aggressive release cycle (I would expect every 6 months or so)
  • Not bound by Microsoft’s development policies
    • We should start seeing integrated components like PayPal, Amazon, etc..
    • Faster releases
    • Better testability with releases
    • Improved delivery format
  • More personal experience for partners and developers
    • When dealing with the non-Giant firms, your relationship is more personal and valuable
  • Ascentium has committed to delivering the product and has a great road map

Reasons

This is only speculative but here’s my take. I imagine several higher ups in Microsoft sat in a room and realized simply that there weren’t many new Commerce Server customers, why?, because the product was becoming dated. So, what to do, this is what I would have done… (And what I believe they did…) Well, we can transfer the development of Commerce Server to a partner, for all the reasons above, and keep a good enterprise e-commerce platform that runs on the Microsoft Stack, and we’ll still get the licensing revenue for Windows Server, SQL Server, BizTalk, and possibly SharePoint. All is all, a good decision on the part of Microsoft, whether it went down this way or not.

Summary

So in summary, while there are few disadvantages, I feel the advantages far outnumber the negative. One key thing that was never listed on either side was customer perception. This could swing either way, many customer are comfortable with the Microsoft product lifecycle and even depend on it. Other customers however, feel that Microsoft wasn’t allowing them to be competitive, falling behind the competition. Being that Commerce Server is still being developed by the same “people” as it was before, the product will be the same strength.

Disclosure: One of the companies I work for is a Microsoft Partner - http://www.darklakesoftware.com/about-us/partners

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Owner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
We considered it, but looks like it lost its momentum, and carries a burden of the legacy technologies and approaches.
Commerce Server was one of the options we considered for our new store KitMall.ru. It was a great product one day, but it looks like it lost its momentum, and carries a burden of the legacy technologies and approaches. That's why we ended with VirtoCommerce.com. It has really nice architecture and is packed with a comprehensive set of features.

Commerce Server was one of the options we considered for our new store KitMall.ru. It was a great product one day, but it looks like it lost its momentum, and carries a burden of the legacy technologies and approaches. That's why we ended with VirtoCommerce.com. It has really nice architecture and is packed with a comprehensive set of features.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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