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CNET News.com: Microsoft reveals plans for Web-based software services

Jun 22, 2000, 21:42 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong)

"Microsoft executives at company headquarters here today announced a new business strategy--called Microsoft.Net--aimed at making Microsoft's existing software available over the Web to traditional PCs and to new, increasingly popular devices such as cell phones and personal digital assistants."

"Microsoft chairman Bill Gates today said the goal of the plan is to connect every computing device, from desktop PCs to cell phones, and tie them to the Internet. In that scenario, all data will be synchronized, allowing consumers and workers to access the Internet, email, calendars and important files, regardless of what device they're using. The plan is to offer software over the Web as a service."

"The Microsoft.Net strategy, previously called Next Generation Windows Services, will also revolutionize how people interact with their computing devices, Gates said. In the future, Microsoft will build handwriting and speech recognition into its software, allowing people to write notes or talk to computing devices, Gates said."

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