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MSNBC/Reuters: Sun Micro unveils Net vision; Plans for next generation services to counter MS .Net

Feb 06, 2001, 16:10 (6 Talkback[s])

"Sun Microsystems Inc. unveiled its vision for the next-generation of smarter and more flexible Internet services, revolving around applications built with its own software development tools. ... The announcement was the latest blast in an increasingly heated marketing battle between Sun -- best known for its high-end network computers -- and software giant Microsoft Corp., over the market both companies see emerging for intelligent Internet services that surround and follow users."

"What we're pointing toward is continued evolution toward smart Web services," said Patricia Sueltz, Executive Vice-president of Sun's Software Systems Group. Taking a swipe at Microsoft founder Chairman Bill Gates and his company's recent push toward Internet-based computing, Sun said its tools had the advantage of not tying developers to a proprietary platform. "Ours is open. His is still working on the concept of lock-in," Sueltz said."

"Many of the parts of Sun ONE software toolbox already exist, although some tools were released on Monday. "This is a way to put a wrapper around it," said Mark Tolliver, president and general manager of Sun and America Online's e-commerce alliance, iPlanet."

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