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ZDNet UK: Microsoft: The next generation

Apr 30, 2000, 13:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Forget the DoJ breakup. If you want to figure out how Microsoft will morph over the next few years, the elusive NGWS is the real key"

"While all eyes are focused on the effects that a possible breakup of Microsoft might have on the company's future, few are contemplating the more immediate impact of the launch of the software giant's forthcoming services architecture, dubbed Next Generation Windows Services, or NGWS."

"Microsoft executives have likened the potential impact of the NGWS launch to Microsoft's 1995 Internet Strategy Day. They are publicly touting the NGWS rollout as a major inflection point for the company."

"NGWS will provide Microsoft's three-year-plus road map for its products and strategies across the board. Consequently, it is being masterminded by the top officials from the company's three major divisions -- Platforms Group vice presidents Jim Allchin and Paul Maritz, Business Productivity Group VP Bob Muglia, and Consumer Group VP Rick Belluzzo -- working in conjunction with Microsoft Chief Software Architect Bill Gates."

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