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DotNetNuke Acquires Social Collaboration Vendor

Web Content Management Platform provider DotNetNuke has acquired Active Modules, a vendor of social collaboration software, the two companies announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DotNetNuke plans to fold Active Modules' software into its own Microsoft ASP.NET-based content management system. Will Morgenweck, founder of ActiveModules will stay on as DotNetNuke's director of social products.

Active Modules offered a number of different plug-in modules for the DotNetNuke platform.

The Active Forums module can be used to build an online community. The Active Purchase module allows small businesses to run e-commerce functionality on their websites. The Active Social module allows users to interact with one another through messaging, journals, commenting and other means. The software also offers the ability for users to set up their own profiles, set up public and private events and connect their Twitter feeds to their home pages.

All these modules will be incorporated into the DotNetNuke platform in various ways. Active Forums will replace DotNetNuke's own forum module. Some of the features of the Active Social module will be ported into the DotNetNuke open source core framework, making it available to all editions of the platform. Other features will only be included in the paid DotNetNuke Professional and Enterprise Editions. Active Purchase will be folded into the DotNetNuke Professional and Enterprise editions.

Founded in 2006, DotNetNuke has estimated that over 600,000 production websites use its platform. The company has garnered over 1,100 subscription customers for the supported version of its software.

Active Modules was based in Charleston, South Carolina

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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