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The Standard: How to Integrate Everything [MS Next Generation Windows Services]

May 15, 2000, 18:39 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominic Gates)

"Undaunted by its antitrust defeat, Microsoft plows ahead with its plan to dominate the Internet."

"Despite the secrecy, it's possible to sketch an outline of NGWS [Next Generation Windows Services] from recent speeches by Microsoft execs and interviews with industry sources. Indications are that while plenty of vaporware will be pre-announced, the overall vision of NGWS won't fall short in ambition or hubris. Expect the project to draw scrutiny from the Department of Justice."

"Microsoft is depending on NGWS to bootstrap the company from the desktop market onto the Internet. While Microsoft controls almost 90 percent of the desktop market, the computer industry is shifting irrevocably away from the PC. In the future, applications will run not on desktops but on Internet servers, where Microsoft's market share is only 20 percent. If it can't win the server market against Sun and Linux systems, Microsoft's industry dominance is over."

"Currently, making applications such as b-to-b supply chain software integrate with one another across diverse computer systems - with one company using Windows servers, another Sun Solaris, another Linux boxes - is a difficult task that requires developers to write custom code. NGWS will make that easy by using a protocol called Simple Object Access Protocol, a proposed Web standard initially driven by Microsoft and now backed by IBM, Lotus and various Microsoft partners."

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