Plumtree bundles Microsoft .NET

Microsoft Corp. and Plumtree Software Inc. on Tuesday will detail a deal under which Plumtree bundles Microsoft's .NET enterprise server software applications with its corporate portal. "The idea of a Windows user having to go through a Sun Microsystem Inc. or Oracle Corp. application to get at a Windows application is a scary thought for us," said Dave Young, a business development manager at Microsoft's enterprise partner group. "Defending the desktop is a big part of this initiative," he added.