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ComputerWorld: Microsoft announces C#, submits standards proposal

Jun 27, 2000, 01:15 (7 Talkback[s])

"Microsoft Corp. today formally announced its C# graphical programming language and said it's working with ECMA, an international standardization body based in Geneva, to create a standard specification aimed at letting multiple software vendors deliver the new language and supporting tools."

"Microsoft also released the C# reference document that it submitted to ECMA to kick off the standards process. C# (pronounced "C sharp") is a challenge to Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java language, which is supported by Microsoft rivals such as IBM."

"Sun also had been working with ECMA -- formerly known as the European Computer Manufacturers Association -- in an attempt to develop a Java standard. But the company withdrew from the standardization process last year after declining to turn over Java documentation, citing concerns that ECMA had no written policies on trademark and copyright questions... Roger Kay, an analyst at International Data Corp. in Framingham, Mass., said Sun's early missteps with Java may have left the door open for C#.

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