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The Register: NexGen Windows - has the trial derailed it for keeps?

May 29, 2000, 13:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Microsoft has issued a last minute cancellation of its Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) announcement, which was scheduled for June 1st. Several times already the company has put back the date when it will put some flesh on the bones of the project it has described as comparable in cost and ambition to the development of the Boeing 747 and NASA's lunar programme, but this time it could be serious. NGWS now seems poised on the brink of disappearing into a legal morass which could last months, even years."

"Microsoft's problem is that the new platform is a victim of timescales and technological approach. Since the company announced the (provisional) name at the beginning of this year, a verdict from the judge that would effectively block its construction has been imminent, and that's not going to be any different for months to come. NGWS is intended to be a broad grouping of products that brings us Integration Everwhere (not a slogan MS will choose to TM, we'd hazard), and transforms Windows into an all-encompassing Web-based services platform."

"Even without the forcible splitting of Microsoft into two companies with barbed wire and government-constructed watchtowers, searchlights and machine guns between the two, it's difficult to see how any imposed legal remedy would permit anything even slightly like NGWS, as currently planned by Microsoft."

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