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The Register: Word processor to be integrated with MSN Explorer client

Aug 31, 2000, 14:23 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"In among the pre-launch spin supporting MSN Explorer, Microsoft consumer business chief Rick Belluzo has lobbed-in a highly significant signpost. Future version of the MSN client, he told the WSJ (which seems not to have grasped the import of the blurt) will include a word processor."

"We've moved on quite a bit from the point earlier this year when MSN execs were - hoplessly implausibly - telling people they didn't yet know how MSN fitted into the .NET strategy. Belluzo is now saying that MSN illustrates the principles of .NET, and that it's moving towards "delivering a near-complete computing experience" (the WSJ's phrasing). It's in that context that the lack of a word processor, and the consequent need to add one, arises."

"One last point worth considering. MSN Explorer currently only runs on Windows, but as it's largely just client software with bells and whistles... Think of what MSN's doing as developing a simple kind of client middleware that would be relatively straightforward to implement on other operating systems. Say AOL's Linux Web appliance is a success, mightn't that be a smart place to start?"

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