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CNET News.com: Microsoft to reveal Windows strategy ["Next Generation of Windows Services"]

May 13, 2000, 17:58 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)

"Just as the government is recommending splitting Microsoft into two companies, the software maker is set to unveil its new strategy for Web-based services, which may tie the company's applications and operating systems businesses closer than ever before."

"On June 1, at the Forum 2000 event at its Redmond, Wash. headquarters, Microsoft president Steve Ballmer will unveil the Next Generation of Windows Services (NGWS). The presumed companywide initiative is seen as Microsoft's defense against a series of attacks from Web-based rivals, applications, and upcoming operating systems like Linux and the Palm operating systems."

"NGWS will attempt to address the preponderance of new devices capable of accessing the Internet, wireless appliances, and new Web-based Internet services, analysts say, while at the same time preserving Microsoft's Windows market share. ... One potential kink in Microsoft's grand plan: the U.S. government's proposal to break up the company. If Microsoft is split into an operating system provider and applications company, Next Generation of Windows Services may never get off the ground..."

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